SPC Kyle R. Mason

SPC Kyle R. Mason, age 23, of Ft. Lewis, Washing-ton, died as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on June 1, 2014.

Born July 28, 1990, in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of Belinda Mason of Catskill, N.Y., and Robert Barletta of Brattleboro, Vt. He was married in 2009 to the former Lacey Privatera of South Carolina, who survives.

Kyle was a graduate of Salamanca High School, Class of 2008. He had attended JCC in Jamestown, N.Y., before joining the U.S. Army at Ft. Leonardwood, Mo. Kyle was serving as a HVAC Specialist at Ft. Lewis and had served one tour of duty in Afghan-istan. He was currently preparing for redeployment.

Kyle enjoyed the outdoors, the music and arts. He was devoted to him family, friends and community.

During high school he played varsity lacrosse, football and bowling. He played the trumpet in the high school band, chorus, and was a member of the drama club. He had also sung with the Seneca Junc-tion, a barbershop group, and had been selected for All-County and All-State chorus. He had also attended Boy’s State.

Surviving, besides his parents, are: five aunts, Barbara (Gene) Nunn, Kane, Pa., Maureen (Robert) Simon, Ashville, N.C., Patricia Mason, Buffalo, N.Y., Gina Barletta, Jacksonville, Fla., and Margaret Barletta, Brattleboro, Vt.; three uncles, Todd (Melinda) Mason, Catskill, N.Y., Eric (Angie) Mason, Charlotte, N.C., and Tony (Tammy) Barletta, Pinkerton, Ohio; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Walter and Carol Hull Mason; paternal grandfather, Harold Barletta, who served in the U.S. Army during WWII; an aunt, Karen M. Haas; and an uncle, Ken-neth H. Mason.

Friends may call at the O’Rourke & O’Rourke Inc. Funeral Home, 25 River St., Salamanca, NY, on Thursday, June 12, 2014, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at United Congregational Methodist Church, 134 Broad St., Salamanca, NY, with Pastor Raymond Gilman, officiating.

Committal services with full military honors will be held at Wildwood Cemetery, Salamanca, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Salamanca Public Library’s Memorial Fund, the Alzheimer’s Association, or the American Cancer Society.

E-condolences may be sent to john@orourkeorourke.com or posted to facebook.com/onofh.