Robert E. Mast

August 24, 2015

Robert E. Mast 79, of Frankfort, died at 12:15 a.m. Monday, August 24, 2015 at Wesley Manor.  Born June 29, 1936 in Frankfort, IN to George Earl & Martha (Stine) Mast.  Bob was a 1954 graduate of Frankfort High School and a 1959 graduate of Purdue University. He grew up in Frankfort and after college worked in Kendallville, Paoli, Indianapolis, Lincoln, Neb., Washington DC & back to Indianapolis before retiring in Frankfort. Bob worked as an Assistant State Conservationist for the USDA Soil Conservation Service. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served in the reserves from January 1960 until being discharged in January 1969. His memberships include; First Christian Church, Frankfort Rotary, Masonic Lodge #119, Scottish Rite – Valley of Indianapolis, Sesostris Shrine – Lincoln, Neb., Purdue Alumni Association, Soil & Water Conservation Society, Organization of Professional Employees of USDA and Council Member at Large for Boy Scouts of America. He was awarded the silver beaver award, the highest honor given by the BSA.

Visitation and Services

Memorial visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Thursday, August 27, 2015 at the First Christian Church, 58 S. Columbia St., Frankfort, with the Memorial Service beginning at 6 p.m. at the church. Pastor Pam Ditson McCall will officiate. Private family burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to Wesley Manor Memory Care Unit, or the First Christian Church.

Survived by:

2 Sisters: Carol M. Breeden of Columbus, Marilyn S. (Tom) Ransom of Frankfort, 5 Nieces and Nephews and 8 Great Nieces and Nephews.

Preceded by:

a niece, Elyse Breeden and a great nephew, Joseph K. Ransom.


Leave your Condolences

6 Condolences for “Robert E. Mast”

  1. Steve L Wilson August 24, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Bob Mast was my Boy Scout Master in 1967 for a few years while he lived in Paoli, working for the Indiana Soil and Water Conservation. I cannot begin explain to your what he meant to me and a lot of the boys of Troop 85 of Paoli, Indiana. He was the ultimate Scoutmaster in so many ways. His headship along with a few others created 11 Eagle Scouts in the winter of 1971 and he had a track record before that time and after that time. He was the master educator and he was also a master disciplinarian too. He taught us about hard work and dedication. He taught us what it was to serve with honor and how to take care of our fellow man. Bob Mast was liked and respected through out Indiana and the United States as being a top Scoutmaster in the county! I tried a couple of years ago to find Bob and I missed the seeing him again with some bad information to his whereabouts. I wanted to talk to him and thank him for turning me into an Eagle Scout, a fine man and great father to. I shall miss him as we remember whom he was and how important he was to the lives of hundreds of young Boy Scouts around the country,. Please Rest in peace Bob Mast as I am sure God will have a special place for you in heaven and he did on Earth. Good Bless YOU Bob Mast and may your family take comfort in the fact that you were a Hero to so many of us young men!

  2. Garry Joe Haworth August 25, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Mr. Mast was my mentor, friend, and a great leader of boys soon to become men. He was my Scoutmaster in Paoli when I got my Eagle in 1961. Will always remember when we went to Philmont National Boy Scout Ranch in New Mexico – put rocks in his backpack as we went up grunt and groan mountain. Had to almost save him as he was earning his life saving merit badge at Wapehani. Great memories, great times, great man. Will always remember. Garry Joe Haworth

  3. Erilda and Ron Coleman August 26, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Dear Marilyn & Tom,
    So sorry to hear of your brother, Bob’s passing. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort. God Bless – Ron & Erilda – Foley, AL

  4. Kevin Fleming August 26, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    I had the good fortune to have Bob Mast as a Scout Master while growing up in Paoli when Bob was there. During Bob’s tenure a large contingent of candidates completed the requirements to earn the rank of Eagle Scout at the same time. We were told it was the largest such contingent of Eagle Scout recipients ever, for which Bob planned a court-of-honor ceremony at the French Lick Sheraton Hotel, the current site of the French Lick Springs Hotel and Casino. He invited no less than the then-serving President, Lyndon Johnson, who unfortunately couldn’t make it. But the Lt. Governor of Indiana at the time did make it and spoke to us privately prior to the ceremony and awarding of our Eagle Scout medals. Bob taught us many valuable lessons during our time together in scouting activities. The effort he put into making our Eagle award ceremony special was another, teaching us that our hard work and dedication was worthwhile and worthy of feeling proud about.

  5. Johnny E. Henderson August 27, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Mr. Mast was my scoutmaster at Paoli Troop 85. He was the kindest and most understanding men I have ever known. He was the first real adult role model I had outside of my family and close friends. On our trip to Philmont Scout Ranch, Mr. Mast is the only reason I was able to complete the trip and to learn the lessons of life I did there. I am a better person, man, husband, and Pastor because of what Mr. Mast (and the Boy Scouts) taught me. May his journey home be one of peace and honor, just like his earthly journey.

  6. Franklin Furr August 27, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    I want to express my sincere condolences on the passing of Bob. I knew him from work in Soil Conservation Service, but never worked closely with him. I know that he will be missed by all the family members and friends who were close to him. Blessings, Franklin Furr former Soil Scientist and District Conservationist

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