Lilburn L. Mash of St. James, Missouri passed away Friday, November 9, 2012 at the Golden Living Center at the age of 87. Lilburn was born in Wesco, Missouri on November 12, 1924 to the late Lowell and Hazel (Reeves) Mash.

Lilburn Mash was united in marriage to the late Marie (Cowan) Mash and to this union two children were born.

Lilburn proudly served his Country in the United States Navy during WWII from 1943 - 1946. He received his Bachelors Degree at Washington University and his Masters Degree in Education from Drury College in Springfield, Missouri; he taught in a one room school house at Asher Hollow, then moved into the St. James Elementary School system before moving on to Boys and Girls Town where he spent the next 35 years until he retired as a Teacher/Administrator; he was one of the original members of the St. James Country Club, and a longtime member of the St. James Methodist Church; his love of the outdoors was evident by the sports he loved so much, playing golf, fishing, camping, slow pitch softball, indian baseball, and his beloved St. Louis Cardinals; when the weather wasn't cooperating there was his second favorite pastime, playing cards; he really was a good friend and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Lilburn Mash is survived by his children, Debbie Lutes and husband Don, of Mountain Grove, MO and Marc Mash and wife Debbie, of St. James; his special friend and companion Betty Lou Hughes, of St. James, MO; grandchildren, Kelli Best and husband Aaron, Matthew Lutes, Lauren Sperry and husband Andrew, and Sara Tune and husband Kevin; great-grandchildren, Carl, Nora, Alejandro and Daniel Best, Paige, Sydney and Owen Lutes, and Peyton and Kinley Sperry, and Shawn Tune; a host of extended family and many good friends.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Lowell Mash Jr.

Funeral services for Lilburn L. Mash will be Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM at the St. James Chapel of the James & Gahr Mortuary with Pastor Amy Turner officiating. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery, serving as pallbearers will be Richard Ash, J. R. Dillon, Mike Dunn, David Dunn, Glen Ford, Bruce Wilson. Honorary pallbearers are Judy Cavender, Cordell Watson, Cecil Smith, Al Burgess, Rae Jean Hart, and Jack Davis. Visitation for family and friends will be Sunday, November 11, 2012 from 5-7 PM. Memorials are suggested to the Phelps County Hospice or the American Cancer Society, cards are available at all James & Gahr locations.

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