Mark R. Masuen, 53, of Le Mars died Wednesday, August 13, 2003 at his residence in Le Mars after a courageous fight with cancer.
Mark Raymond Masuen was born Jan. 24, 1950, in Le Mars, the son of Richard N. and Celesta M. (Shearon) Masuen. Mark attended Gehlen Catholic School, graduating in 1968. Following high school, Mark attended Westmar College. In 1969, Mark joined the United States Navy and was stationed at Seattle, Wash., on board the U.S.S. Vireo MSC 205. Mark was honorably discharged in 1974 and had obtained the rank of 2nd Class Petty Officer. On his return to Le Mars, Mark was employed by Fritz Thoma at Le Mars Plumbing and Heating.
In June of 1976 Mark began his career with Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department. In the 27 years Mark worked for the county, he had worked on the bridge crew, grading crew, and for the last four years as the parts manager until his health no longer allowed him to continue working.
Mark was united in marriage to Vikki Wessels on April 23, 1977, in Le Mars. Mark was blessed with three children, Nick, Brad, and Matt.
Mark treasured the time spent with his family and friends. He enjoyed woodworking, working outdoors, remodeling his home, motorcycles, watching college and pro football games, and playing pool. He was a member of the Wasmer American Legion Post #241 of Le Mars.
Survivors include his wife, Vikki of Le Mars; three sons, Nick of Le Mars, Brad of Ames, and Matt of Des Moines; his parents, Richard and Celesta Masuen of Le Mars; a sister and brother-in-law, Becky and Bob Scheitler of Le Mars; a brother, Mike of Des Moines; his mother-in-law, Maxene Wessels of Le Mars; three sisters-in-laws, Linda and Jim Lehrman, Kris and Ron Harvey, Denise and Curt Uden, all of Le Mars; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Mark was preceded in death by a brother Charles in 1968; maternal and paternal grandparents, John and Vera Shearon Sr. and Charles and Lena Masuen; father-in-law, Armin Wessels; and a brother-in-law, Steve Reinholdt.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. James Tiegges and the Rev. William McCarthy officiating. Visitations will be after 3 p.m. Sunday with a 4 p.m. parish rosary and prayer service at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, with graveside military honors conducted by the Wasmer American Legion Post #241 of Le Mars.
Pallbearers will be Denny Masuen, Ray Wilkens, Dick Ruether, Dan Ruhland, Kyle Gengler, and Rich Sudtelgte.