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Edward Arno Mass

Obituary for Edward Arno Mass

May 9, 1939 - April 14, 2020
McHenry, Illinois | Age 80


Edward A. Mass, age 80, of McHenry, Illinois passed away peacefully on April 14, 2020.

Edward was born on May 9,1939 in Elgin, Illinois, the son of Herman and Neva (Lusted) Mass. On February 28, 1993, he married Wanda L. Rowe in Las Vegas, NV.

Edward is survived by his loving wife, Wanda (Rowe) Mass; children: Mark (Karen) Mass, Andrew Mass, John (Micki) Mass, James (Jeanine) Mass, Kathleen (Tom) Lutz, Michael (Lisa) Mass, Kristin (Aaron) Milberger; grandchildren: Katie, Maggie, Mary Bridgett, Lily, Emma, Fiona, Evan, Madeline, Owen, Oliver, Gwyneth, Colin, Tommy, Samson, Ezra, and Evangeline. Edward is further survived by his sister Melinda Mass as well as many nieces and nephews.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents Herman and Neva (Lusted) Mass, and his sister Anita McMahon.

Edward was a Navy ensign and served aboard the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. DD-850. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, October 1962, the ship was ordered to intercept and board the Marcula to inspect for Soviet missiles possibly going to Cuba. Edward was part of the inspection party. They were instructed not to carry arms, dress in formal uniforms, and officers which included Edward, carried ceremonial swords. The inspection revealed no contraband.

Years later he and several colleagues developed an all-weather landing technology for NASA. The FAA adopted this technology and made it mandatory for all commercial airports in the United States. It is now known as runway grooving. Edward was inducted into NASA's Hall of Fame for this development.

He formed Mass Grinding and Grooving, an industry he helped pioneer and worked in for over 50 years. He enjoyed working every day, although he never considered it work. For him it was a gift.

Memorial mass will take place on Saturday November 7, 2020 at 11:30 A.M., at Church of Holy Apostles in McHenry IL. The service will be live streamed through the church's FaceBook page.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to USS Massachusetts Memorial Committee, Inc. Attention: Rich Angelini, USS J. P. Kennedy Jr.DD-850, 5 Water St, Fall River, MA 02721

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