Col. Ben A. Mason

December 19, 1911April 13, 2012

Col. Ben A. Mason, USAF Ret., died Friday, April 13, 2012, at his home in Houston, TX at the age of 100.

His beloved wife of 57 years, Elizabeth "Betty" Mason, preceded him in death. Col. Mason is survived by his son, William "Bill" Mason and his wife Pam Mason, daughter, Sandra B. Mason and her partner Sandy LeBlanc. He is also survived by one grandson, Michael R. Mason, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Col. Mason had a distinguished 3-decade-long military career, including flying P-38 fighter planes with the 82nd Fighter Group as Commanding Officer during WWII combat missions, from his base in Foggia, Italy. He was the recipient of many decorations, including the Silver Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He thoroughly enjoyed attending annual 82nd Fighter Group reunions, and was an active member of the QB's organization.

Friends were invited to a visitation with the family from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 19, 2012 at Waltrip Funeral Directors in Houston. A memorial service was conducted by Reverend Ken Richter on Saturday afternoon, April 21st at 2:00 p.m., at the First Congregational Church of Houston, 10840 Beinhorn Road. Graveside services with military honors provided by the V.F.W. Post 9182 Honor Guard, and fly-by honors by members of the QB's, followed in Memorial Oaks Cemetery, 13001 Katy Freeway.

A loving husband and father, an officer and a gentleman, he will always be remembered with great love and pride by his family and friends.


  • Visitation Thursday, April 19, 2012
  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 21, 2012

Col. Ben A. Mason

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Betty Banno/Bassett

April 23, 2012

RIP Uncle Ben!!! You will be missed!! I know you are in God's loving home with Aunt Betty and my dad now!! Love to you always..You were the Best...Betty Jo

April 18, 2012

Sandy, we did not know your Dad personally, but have a wonderful picture of this great man through your loving descriptions and memories. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Georgann and Glenn

Bruce Loewenberg

April 18, 2012

My dad and Col Mason were comrade in arms and good friends. I will always remember Ben coming to see my dad shortly before he passed, then coming back for the service at Ft Sam Houston.
Bill, please accept my deepest sypathies for you and your family.

April 18, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one of any age is difficult, but how wonderful he lived to be a 100. After reading his obituary, I wish I could have met him. No doubt, each of his 100 years were full of life.
Cathy Webster

Kay Patterson

April 18, 2012

" I leave no trace of wings in the air, but I am glad I had my flight."
R. Tagore

We are grateful and thankful for your service to your country, go with God faithful soldier. My prayers to the Mason Family.
Kay Patterson (daughter of Bill Patterson/97th)

Rick Hood

April 17, 2012

My Dad, Dick Hood, flew as Col. Mason's wing man for his first flight in combat. He often credited Ben for getting him through some very rough skies. I had the honor to meet Ben at a couple 82nd reunions. He always stood tall even when he was with a walker. My Dad died 11 years ago but would have been 97 today! All the best to Bill and the family.

Peggy Powell

April 17, 2012

I only met Col Mason a few times at the 82nd Fighter Group reunions. I remember meeting him at the Las Vegas NV reunion a few years ago the night of the banquet. I bent down to introduce myself and he kept say "who?" so I leaned closer. By the third time when I realized Bill and Col Mason were grinning I figured out he had a nice view of my cleavage!! We all had a good laugh on that! My father-in-law who served with Col Mason has always spoken of him with the upmost respect. The world has lost another of the "Greatest Generation". Our condolence to Sandra and her family and Bill and his family. Peggy and Steve Powell

Anthony Rock

April 17, 2012

My deepest sympathy on the loss of a great Air Force Airman. Col Mason was a great patriot, exceptional role model, and valued member of the Bonehead Clan and he will be missed by us all. I still tell stories to our young officers about him and how he educated us at reunions. I do this as a form of mentoring for our younger generation and, in that way, he will live on. His legacy is an important part of our development of those who will serve and sacrifice to keep our nation free and secure. Kim and I will keep you and the family in our thoughts and prayers in this trying time.

Maj Gen Tony Rock, US Air Force

Susan Ritterbusch

April 16, 2012

A wonderful man, husband, father and friend. His family treated me better than my own and I am forever in debt for the goodness I received from this family.