Leo “Lee” Rodger Masta, age 72, of 4135 18th Road, died Friday afternoon August 8, 2008 at home following a lengthy illness with Mesothelioma.
Leo was born January 26, 1936 in Escanaba the son of Leo J. and Vivian (Burke) Masta. Leo was raised in Escanaba and attended school in Escanaba prior to enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed at the Loring Air Force Base in Bangor, Maine. Following his honorable discharge from the Air Force, Leo had worked for Shetland Manufacturing in Salem, MA and he also had worked as an auto mechanic for several companies. Leo returned to Escanaba in 2006 and was united in marriage to Harriet Larson on June 16, 2007 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Escanaba. They made their home in Escanaba.
Leo was a member of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and a life member of the D.A.V.
Leo was very mechanical and he was known for fixing anything that was broken. His hobbies included dancing, cooking and playing his guitar.
In addition to his wife Harriet, survivors include;
Mother: Vivian Williams of Gladstone
3 sons: Rodger (Cheri) Masta of Somersworth, N.H.; Bobby (Wendy) Masta of Peabody, MA; Brian Masta of Chelsea, MA
5 daughters: Lisa (Don) Stork of Amesbury, MA; Dianne (Bob) Carr of Meredith, N.H.; Carol Latvala of Escanaba; Karen (Brian) Horkman of Green Bay, WI; Cheryl Liubakka of Escanaba
2 brothers: Ronald (Yolanda) Masta of Poteet, TX; Jerry (Sue) Liberty of Escanaba
2 sisters: Betty (Jack) Majestic of Gladstone; Angela (Rick) Dubois of Escanaba
10 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins
In addition to his father, Leo was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Linda Lou and Margaret Ann Masta, and his son Richard James Masta.
Leo’s family will receive friends on Monday August 11, 2008 from 1:00 to 2:45 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Delta County Veterans Council military rites will follow at 2:45 PM. Funeral services celebrating the life of Leo Rodger Masta will follow at 3:00 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home with Rev. Fr. Arnold Grambow of the All Saints Church officiating. Luncheon will follow at the All Saints Church Parish Hall. Burial will be in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.