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Date published: 5/5/2013

Daniel L. Masanz

Daniel Lee Masanz, 54, of Fredericksburg passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2013, after a courageous two-year battle with brain cancer.

Dan was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on Dec. 15, 1958. He graduated from Ashwaubenon High School in Green Bay, Wis. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1997 after a 20-year career. He earned a Bronze Star for his service in Operation Desert Storm.

He is survived by his wife, Carrie Ray Masanz; daughter Jessica Ann Masanz; sons Steven Daniel Masanz and Christian Nicholas Ray; sisters Susan (David) Hughes and Sandra Masanz; and nieces, nephews and many other loving family members and friends. Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Mary Masanz of Green Bay.

Dan was an analyst and a staff officer at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Springfield. He loved his work and approached each day with enthusiasm. His motto was, "What can I do today to move the Agency forward?" He gave 110 percent each and every day and inspired those around him to do their best as well. Dan earned the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal from NGA for outstanding service to the country for 36 years.

Dan had many hobbies and interests. He loved music and enjoyed playing both acoustic and electric guitar. He was a keen road and mountain biker. He had a passion for cars from an early age, when he would spend time at his grandfather's Ford dealership in Stratford, Wis.

Dan enjoyed art and painting, good coffee, reading, building furniture and working around the house. He enjoyed traveling and living abroad, having spent several years in England and Germany, both with the Army and as a civilian.

Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. He had a remarkable memory and loved to tell stories about his childhood and his time in the Army. His kind heart, gentle soul, open mind, quiet strength and sensible nature touched everyone who lived with him and knew him. The world was a better place with him in it, and he will be missed beyond measure.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with Chaplain Juan F. Scott of the United States Air Force officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made in Dan's name to the National Brain Tumor Society at braintumor.org; or to the Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic in Fredericksburg.

Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.