1936 - 2019
Moses Leroy “Moe” Mast, 83, of Lebanon, Ore., died Saturday, July 27, 2019, after an extended illness. A celebration of life was held Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at Lebanon Mennonite Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House in Albany, Ore.
He was born March 17, 1936, in Conway Springs, Kan., the son of Chriss J. and Lena (Nissley) Mast. At age 10, his family moved to the Kalona, Iowa, area. The youngest of six children, he attended country schools.
After working at various jobs, including a turkey processing plant and farming, he found his niche driving semi trucks. He eventually became an owner-operator. That job took him to more than 35 states and in his words, “God kept me safe for more than 3 million miles.”
On Aug. 6, 1959, he married Gladys Swartzendruber in Kalona. In 1960, as adventurous newlyweds, they traveled to Oregon and together made it home for nearly 60 years, living in the Portland, Lebanon, Jefferson and Albany areas.
He was member of the Mennonite church. For many years, he was a church usher. He also sang in the Valley Men’s Chorus during the 1970s. He was a gentle man who enjoyed family togetherness and friends. He also loved bowling, crossword puzzles, and Trailblazer basketball.
He is survived by his wife: Gladys; and was called ‘Dad’ by Bethany McCurley of Gresham, Ore., and Debra (Michael) Boydston of Eugene; and ‘Grandpa’ by Stephanie (Ben) McCurley Mason of Castro Valley, Calif., Kayla McCurley of Portland, Alyssa McCurley of Gresham, and Breanna Boydston of Eugene; as well as many much-loved nieces, nephews and cousins.
Moses was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter: Rebecca Kim; and five siblings: Fannie Yoder, Elizabeth Bontrager, Leander Mast, Anna Yoder and Daniel Mast.