Local researchers have made progress in tracking the next of kin for Lewis Mason, a U.S. military veteran of the Vietnam War who died in mid-August in Winnebago County in northern Iowa.
Amateur genealogist Margie Kenyon of Minburn and Nick Praska, director of the Dallas County Veterans Affairs office, located a 1998 obituary for Beverly J. Mason in the Mason City Globe-Gazette.
Lewis Mason was listed as the surviving husband of Beverly J. Mason.
Lewis Mason died unattended last month in a Winnebago County motel. Among his personal effects was a lock box containing a Veterans Administration card and a deed at Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry.
His cremains have arrived in Perry, and Perry city officials are seeking any living relatives of Mason. Once funeral services are arranged, they will be made public for citizens wishing to pay their respects.