Monte A. Mason, 95, Chanhassen

Monte A. Mason, 95, Chanhassen, Minn., died Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul as a result of a stroke he suffered a few days prior to his death.
A service celebrating Monte’s life was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Excelsior United Methodist Church, 881 3rd Avenue, Excelsior, Minn. The Rev. Kent Johnson officiated. Visitation was 1 p.m. until the service.
Monte was born Jan. 23, 1917 in Fertile, Minn., to Gina (Dahl) and James D. Mason. In 1941 he married Betty, the love of his life. Together they had three children. A 1940 graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Monte’s professional career in the publishing/ printing business included owning and operating (with his wife Betty) the Monticello Times. His journalism career began at the age of 19 when he became the youngest newspaper editor in Minnesota after taking over the operation of the Fertile Journal upon the death of his father and concluded with a number of years as a highly successful salesman at Webb Publishing Co. in St. Paul.
Monte served in the U.S. Army-Air Force during World War II and was recalled to active duty during the Korean War.
He is survived by his loving wife Betty (Mildred Elizabeth); children, Michael (Nancy) Mason, Chanhassen; Monte M. Mason, (Minneapolis); Merry (Rodger) Whipple, Neenah, Wis.; and four grandchildren.
Monte was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings and siblings- in-law, Milton (Marion) Mason; Mona (Douglas) Holzinger; Rance (Bertha) Mason; Merna (Steve) Niblack; and Marne (Mildred) Mason.
The family wishes to express its deep thanks and appreciation to the fifth floor staff of St. Joseph’s Hospital for the loving care they provided to the entire Monte A. Mason family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Monte’s memory may be made to Habitat for Humanity or the Minnesota Nature Conservancy.