Arthur James Mashek

Arthur J. Mashek
Arthur J. Mashek

Photo courtesy of the Joshua Brackett Eagle Scout Project
Photo courtesy of the Joshua Brackett Eagle Scout Project

(May 13, 1908 - August 22, 1984)


The Lusk Herald
August 30, 1984


Arthur J. Mashek

Services for Arthur J. Mashek, 76, formerly of Lusk were held at Peet Mortuary Monday, Aug. 27 at 2 p.m.

Rev. Dwayne Axworthy of the First Baptist Church of Casper and Harmony Masonic Lodge No. 24 officiated. Burial followed in Lusk Cemetery.

Mashek died Aug. 22 at St. Luke's Hospital in Denver, Colo., following heart surgery.

He was born May 13, 1908 at Lusk, the son of the late Alex A. and Grace (Ryder) Mashek, pioneer ranchers.

Mashek began his oilfield career at the age of 15 in Midwest, building rigs for Kittleson. He worked in South America, Canada and Alaska and almost all the United States. He returned to Casper in 1978 where he worked for Acme Tool and N and L Industries until retiring in May 1984.

A charter member of the Elks Lodge in Lusk, Mashek joined the Masonic Lodge while in the Aleutian Islands in 1969 and the Moab Utah Shriner's El Kalah Temple in Salt Lake City. He was also a member of the Casper Senior Citizens and the First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Dorothy (Myrup) Mashek; one daughter, Sandra Bressie; a brother, Joe Mashek and two sisters, Annie McMichael and Grace Fredrickson. He later married Marion (Phister) Mashek who died in 1978.

Survivors include a son, James Mashek, Anchorage, Alaska; three sisters, Dorothy Hill, Lander; Vernice Blagg, Nampa, Idaho and Irene Hirschman, Milaca, Minn.; three grandchildren, Stevie and Debbie Bressie, Niosho, Mo., and Pamela Mashek; one great-granddaughter, Jenesy of Buffalo; numerous nieces and nephews; his son-in-law, Steve Bressie and his friend, Eva Hunter of Casper.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Shriner's Crippled Children's Hospital, Salt Lake City, will be appreciated by the family.

Pallbearers were Don Rhoades, Jay Haney, L.A. Smith, George Stewart, Bryan Roland and Joe Dill. Honorary pallbearers were Walt Wyman and Jim Grisham.

Music was by Minerva Watson, organist, and Darryl Manring, soloist. There was also a graveside service by Elk's Lodge No. 1797.




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