Ralph Eugene “Gene” Mast (June 12, 1933 – October 9, 2011)

Ralph Eugene “Gene” Mast 78 of Nashport, passed away at his residence at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 9, 2011. He was born Sunday, June 12, 1933, the son of Ralph W. Mast and Emma Rose Switzer Mast. He was a graduate of Lash High school class of 1951.

Gene worked at Burnham Foundry for 14 years, Greif Brothers for 21 years and Lumi- Lite Candle Factory in Norwich.

He was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Zanesville. He also rebuilt two airplanes and beautiful custom made fiddles. He loved country music and square dancing. In his early years he was a regular at the Lind Arena Skating Rink, where he met his wife Melanie. Gene proudly served his country in the Army from December 4, 1956 to December 3, 1958.

Surviving are his wife, Melanie Sue (Wiseman) Mast whom he married April 26, 1963; daughter Dawn (Dave) Tonneman; two granddaughters Elise Noelle and Hannah Rose Tonneman. Three sisters; Shirley (Dick) Trainer of Georgia, Linda (Tom) Hartman of Hebron and Nancy (Bill) Wilson of Port Clinton, Ohio. Gene also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins and many camping and square dance friends he has met over the years.

The Family is being served by the BRYAN & SNIDER FUNERAL HOME 2318 Maple Ave. where calling hours will be 2-4 and 7-9 PM on Wednesday, October 12, 2011; Funeral Service will Thursday, October 13 at 12 PM at the funeral home with Rev. Dawn Remster officiating, Visitation will be one hour prior to service, Gene will be laid to rest at Zanesville Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers the family asks for memorial contributions or items to be donated to Operation Spirit- 1417 Linden Ave. Zanesville, Ohio 43701, for Soldiers in Afghanistan.

To share memories and messages with the family, visit Gene’s memorial page at www.BryanSniderFuneralHome.com