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William Mast

William W. Mast

Saturday, November 22nd, 1924 - Monday, September 9th, 2019
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William W. Mast, 94

William W. Mast, 94 of Ashland passed away, Monday evening, September 9, 2019 in his home.

He was born on November 22, 1924 in Sugarcreek, Ohio; the son of the late Harold J. and Oma (nee Yakley) Mast.

Bill graduated from Sugarcreek-Shanesville High School and Heidelberg College. He received his Master’s Degree from Columbia University. He was a veteran of the Army Air Force serving during WWII and retired after 20 years of active and reserve service reaching the rank of Major.

Bill married the former Dorothy J. Haberman on June 5, 1948.

He was employed with Ashland Public School system for eight years. His career in education spanned 40 years and he was employed at Ashland College, now known as Ashland University. His position was Associate Professor of Education, then Dean of Students. Bill retired from the college named as Dean of Students Emeritus by the Board of Trustees of Ashland University. On May 9, 1992 he was honored with a Doctor of Humanitarian Service Degree from Ashland University.

Ashland High School’s Class of 1956 honored him with a dedication in their year book, The Guide. He was also honored by the Ashland College Class of 1965, by dedicating their year book, The Pine Whispers, to him. Bill and Dr. Pete started the musicals at Ashland High School in 1956. The first musical was Brigadoon.

Bill was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ashland. A life member of the Retired Teachers Association, life member of Reserves Officers Association, Harry Higgins Post #88 of the American Legion, and Ashland Elks Lodge #1360.

He and his wife, Dorothy owned and operated Vanosdall Furniture Store on Main Street from 1976-1986.
Bill is survived by three sons, Timothy W. (Denise) Mast of Sunbury, Garry A. (Patricia) Mast of Jacksonville, Florida, and Randy (Denise) Mast of Medina; four grandchildren, Jack, Joanna, Carl and Russell Mast; one sister, Shirley (Robert) Winkler of Saxonsburg, PA; and his dear friend, Olive Abrams of Nankin.

In addition to his parents, Bill is preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Mrs. Dorothy Mast on July 12, 2009.

Funeral services will be held, Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, 320 Church Street, Ashland, Ohio 44805 with Reverend Michael Parker officiating. Interment will be in the Ashland Cemetery where the Ashland Veteran’s Honor Guard will conduct full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bill and Dorothy Mast Scholarship Fund, Ashland University, 401 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805.

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  • Funeral Services

    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 11:00am
    First Presbyterian Church
    320 West Church Street
    ASHLAND, OH 44805
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    Reverend Michael Parker
  • Interment

    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 12:00pm
    Ashland Cemetery Association
    523 W Main Street
    Ashland, OH 44805
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Posted at 03:11am
Illness prevented me from attending the remembrance yesterday.Bill was very helpful in my participation in FFA speech contests. He also sold his mother’s car to me. He was a great guy and will be missed.

Fred Rafeld

Carol Kozma

Posted at 04:19pm
I was so sorry to learn of Bill's passing. We became friends during my late husband's time teaching at Ashland Univ. We moved to Clemson SC in 1976. Dorothy and Bill came to see us and we went to the Clemson-Notre Dame football game together. We always tried to see both of them when we came for our annual Ohio trip and more recently to see Bill. Our son Terry who lives in Strongsville visited Bill various times when he came to Ashland. Dorothy and I played tennis together numerous times.

Betty Moses Perkins Posted at 08:08pm

Everyone has that one teacher who was a great influence on their life. For me that was Mr Mast. I was in his speech/debate class my sophomore year at AHS. I was shy and scared to get up in front of the class. His positive attitude, encouragement and belief in all of his students gave us belief in ourselves and permission to grow. As a senior, I worked as a student aide in his guidance office. Again his positivity, constant smile, wiiingness to listen and caring made an amazing impact. I graduated in ‘58 and never forgot him or the life’s lessons he shared. Some 50 years later when I returned to Ashland for a class reunion and made a point to meet him for breakfast. He was still amazing! I was blessed to have him in my life.

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