Born On: January 03, 1976

Passed On: November 10, 2018

Erik G. Mason

Erik Gordon Mason age 42 was born on January 3, 1976 in Gaylord, Michigan and passed away on November 10, 2018.  Erik is survived by his mother, Gaye (Michael) Nieboer; fiancé, Shiann Hall; children, Erik James “lil Erik”, Isaiah Anthony Ra, Laila Raine, Aubrey Lynn, and Alaina Grace; brother, Christian John Deal; sisters, Charity (Craig) Hutchins, and Nikki (Darren) Vilminot; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and the “Mis-Fit Family”. Erik was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Douglas and Audrey King. Erik worked for Welch Tile and Marble, he was an avid sports fan who had a love of music and his children.  Erik loved life and had a fantastic sense of humor, a beautiful smile that could light up a room. He was a wonderful son, brother, fiancé and a great Dad. He lived hard, played hard, and loved deeply. He will never be forgotten.  His own tattoo stated “Death is for certain. Life is not”. So, none of us should take tomorrow for granted.   Erik made a decision to become a donor for Gift of Life Michigan. So, to honor Erik and his gift, a Celebration of Life Gathering will be held at Shoreline Memorial Services Chapel, 137 E. Laketon Ave. on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. with a time of sharing starting at 2:30 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be directed to the GoFundMe account at

Celebration of Life Gathering Information

Shoreline Memorial Services - Muskegon
137 E. Laketon Ave.
Muskegon, Michigan 49441

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

11 thoughts on “Erik G. Mason

  1. Jil Mazzenga

    Oh Erik,
    You will be missed beyond words, my heart is so heavy with pain and despair at the thought of your departure.
    You were born as our New Year’s Baby here in Gaylord, Michigan. At 11, I was too young to go to the hospital to see you during those days. I never felt that was fair, but I soon met the beautiful baby boy who stole my heart. A little later I recall sitting outside with you, probably your first summer and saying, I wish you were my baby boy. I knew in that moment that there was nothing I wanted m life than to be a mother. They all would say, she’s going to be a good mom some day. Well, not sure how true that was, but I know that you were the reason I wanted nothing more. I assume I did pretty good, being a mom has been the most rewarding “job” of my life. When people describe you Erik we hear, “that smile” and “that crooked smile.” Wow, what a great quality to be remembered by, a man who loved his family and sported a contagious smile. That’s a winning combination in my book. I love you, I miss you, and I will always remember that New Year’s Baby Boy with the never-ending smile.

    1. Melissa Anderson

      Erik, how missed you are! Missed by those who you touched in your life with your infectious smile, your friendly personality, and those mad Grilling skills. Thats where my memories are. In the several times at Gaye’s house, we would arrive to you flipping burgers, turning Chicken, brats or what ever you had to cook on the grill. Always, always a friendly smile, and a hearty hello. In my relatively short time as family, after finding my birth family, I’ve talked to you, seen you with your kiddo’s, and sadly been to several Memorials. I was blessed to have met you. I’m so sad for your family left behind. I will always remember you standing at the grill, smiling, cooking and then running to grab your baby and give her love, all in the same movement. RIP my cousin, God Speed to the heavens above where Grandpa and Grandma King await for you to bless them with huge hugs, and lots of love. They will keep you in their arms until we all meet once again. You are missed. You are loved!

    2. Gaye Nieboer- Eriks Mom forever

      Aww. Thank you sweet cousin. He was a beautiful baby wasn’t he? He “sorta” grew up, huh? Always ready to play with the kids just like he was one still. I cant imagine this life without him. The Lord will have to show me how to do this. We appreciate everyone’s love and support. Love you all!

  2. Dana H

    Such a free spirited, fun and caring soul . We weren’t all that close, but I always enjoyed having you around and You were loved by our family..You had one of the greatest and most contagious laughs which I know we’ll all miss and a wonderful sense of humor. You were one of a kind and I’m thankful I had the chance to know you, and so sorry your life was cut so short. I hope you are at peace mister and that your family will be as well. You will never be forgotten

  3. Robbyn Tygrett

    Our BOY💔❤🌈….
    SO many memories….they are all tumbling over each other in an avalanche of snapshots….Uncle David’s narrative brought one in particular to mind: You, as a normal snarky pre-teen, had come out to Colorado with Uncle David and Aunt Kathy….You all came to Colorado Springs to see us Tygretts. I had made no-bake cookies, one of Uncle David’s favorites….You took one look at the piled-high plate of them and sneered, “What’s THIS crap!!!???” We laughed. SO HARD! 😁You were FULL of Life and FULL of surprises….and we will miss ALL of it…SO MUCH….Love You ALWAYS….Aunt Robbyn

  4. Ashley

    2 Timothy 4:7–8

     I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

  5. David King

    Erik, you were instrumental in my preparation for parenthood…starting with the consumption of potting soil from indoor plants as a toddler! Long-tossing a baseball in campground in Yellowstone, catching a couple of your little league games & watching you run cross-country, trying to out -run you in kick-the-can at stone house in Montrose, observing you go down in flames running out a grounder (while pants dropped to your ankles) while playing with our church softball team, hosting you as a young father in our rental in Olathe ( CO), are some of my memories of your younger years. Later, you persevered through challenging times to come out on top as a father, friend of many, admired by family for your character & loving nature. Your legacy will go forward through children who valued you as their father & an extended family who treasure your memory & your lifetime we’ve shared.

  6. Janet Crawford

    Charity – I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am hugging you in my heart. I hope you have many sweet memories to sustain you as you grieve. Holding you and your family in the Light always.


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