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Mason J. Guckavan


Mason James Guckavan, 21, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Friday, October 26, 2018 in Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

He was born on September 28, 1997 in Upland, Pa. and was the son of Barbra (Drury) Guckavan of Middletown, Pa. and James F. Guckavan of Allegheny County, Pa.

Mason was a Specialist (E-4) in the United States Army where he was serving as an infantryman. He belonged to A Company 1st Battalion 5th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Brigade Combat Team. In addition, he was a Combat Lifesaver. He trained in Georgia, California, Alaska and South Korea.

Mason was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting, hiking and skiing. He was an avid reader, who learned both from research and firsthand experience. He challenged himself to be better in all aspects of his life, as an outdoorsman, skier, brother, teammate, and friend. Mason was a member of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Middletown.

In addition to his parents, Mason is survived by his siblings, Ian Guckavan, Kiera Guckavan and Gavin Guckavan, all of Middletown; maternal grandparents, Anthony R. and Mary Anne Drury; paternal grandmother, Eileen Fitzgerald; as well as several other uncles, aunts and cousins.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 12 p.m. at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown, with the Rev. Ted Keating as celebrant. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass in the narthex of the church.

Burial with full military honors will be in Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery and will be private for family only.

In lieu of flowers or if you wish to send a memorial contribution in Mason’s name, the family has designated Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors Inc., 1117 Country Club Rd., Camp Hill, PA, 17011.

The family has entrusted the care of the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, to handle the funeral arrangements.

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