Mason Christopher Hamre passed away on Tuesday, in Fargo. He was 17.

Mason struggled with mental-health issues most of his life, but his loved ones don’t wish for that to define him. He was so much more: an extremely intelligent, funny, sarcastic, family-oriented kid.

Mason truly was a bright light — the kind of person who strangers would approach because they seemed to sense he would always be open, respectful and kind.

Mason was born to Chris Hamre and Robin Hamre (now Rummel) on Nov. 12, 2004 in Fargo.

From early on, he was an individual with distinct likes and dislikes — from food to music to fashion. Mason knew what he liked and didn’t care if it wasn’t the norm.

Mason loved spending time with his family and seemed happiest when surrounded by those he loved. Whenever he got to do something with his siblings, Alex or Sophie, he couldn’t stop smiling, and they had grown very close in recent years.

Mason also looked up to his cousins, uncles, and aunts. In fact, the mullet he was so very proud of was inspired by his cousin, Connor.

Dogs meant the world to him, and he had many animals in his life. His all-time favorite was Lola, with Hazel coming in a close second.

Mason loved being outdoors, whether he was fishing with family members, four-wheeling or sitting around a campfire. He also drove his grandpa crazy when he would fall asleep in the bottom of the boat instead of fishing! He even did a winter camp-out with his brother and slept in the backyard in a fort he built in January after asking for nothing but winter camping gear for Christmas.

Mason loved old country music, especially any song with a story. His taste in music varied from rap to Hank Williams Jr., and his family loved hearing him belt out the songs in the shower while he cranked the music as loud as it would go.

In fact, Mason sometimes seemed like a young man from another time. One of his teachers used to call Mason “an 80-year-old man in a 17-year-old body.” He was not the typical teen who didn’t want to hang out with the adults in his life. Mason loved hanging out with his grandparents and thoroughly enjoyed the time he spent with them.

Mason idolized his dad, Chris, and wanted to do everything he did; Chris called him his “little buddy” even after he grew taller than him. He and his stepdad developed a close bond and loved playing basketball together. He also loved to tease his mother, trying to physically pick her up, calling her “Mo-ther,” with exaggerated emphasis and jumping out to scare her when she least expected it.

One of his teachers sent a glowing text about Mason to his parents after he graduated from high school. “Mason was so very loved at school. He was one of the most special young people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with,” she wrote. “Thank you for sharing a part of your son’s life with me (even if he’s 80 sometimes).”

Mason was extraordinarily bright — remembering the tiniest details of past events or anything that he studied. He graduated with honors from Moorhead High School a year early, despite missing long stretches in the classroom due to hospitalizations or stays in residential care.

Mason dutifully walked in Moorhead High’s commencement on May 29, if only to please his mom. In fact, he was more excited about the graduation party with friends and family and was so happy and proud that so many came to celebrate his achievement.

The day of his graduation party was filled with much love, laughter and pictures taken with family. Those moments will forever remind us of a young man so special, so unique and so determined to follow his own path that he can never be forgotten. His memory will always live on — burning brightly, refusing to fade — within us.

We would like to thank all the people, far too many to list, who showed such compassion and care to Mason at times when he was struggling. Your kindness helped ease the pain during some of the most confusing and difficult times of our lives.

We take comfort in knowing Mason was greeted at heaven’s gate by his beloved grandmother, Linda Life, his GG, Vida Fisher, and his stepbrother, Zachary Rummel.

He is survived by his parents, Robin (Cary) Rummel, Fargo; Chris (Christine) Hamre, Moorhead; his grandparents Larry and Connie Hamre, Fargo, and Eugene (Irene) Life, Fort Benton, Mont.; his siblings Alex and Sophie Rootham, Fargo; his step-siblings Alexa Rummel, Emily (Ethan) McNab, Gabe Zorn and Samantha Harling, and numerous loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Hope Lutheran South, 3636 25th St S, Fargo, with visitation at noon.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the West Center Regional Juvenile Center or Lakeland Mental Health.

Services

Visitation: June 13, 2022 @ 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Hope Lutheran Church Fargo, South Campus
3636 25th St S. Fargo ND 58103

Funeral: June 13, 2022 @ 1:00 pm

Hope Lutheran Church Fargo, South Campus
3636 25th St S. Fargo ND 58103

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Charities

The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Mason C. Hamre 's name.

Lakeland Mental Health

1010 32nd Ave S
Moorhead, MN
(218) 233-7524
https://www.lmhc.org/

WEST CENTRAL REGIONAL JUVENILE CENTER

729 11th St. N.
Moorhead, MN
218-299-5150
https://claycountymn.gov/414/West-Central-Regional-Juvenile-Center

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  1. My sincere and heartfelt sympathy to all of you. Mason was a great kid who was kind, polite and just an amazing person. He would always ask how you were doing. Mason was a great helper with our community garden. I was so proud of him when he graduated early. My heart breaks for all of us that had the privilege to have Mason in our lives.

  2. Chris and Robin – I cannot imagine the pain you are going through right now. My heart breaks for you. I still remember the last time I saw him which was probably almost 9 years ago. He came running up to me in the store with the biggest smile. Such a sweet boy. He will be missed dearly. You are all in my prayers to help you through this time and for healing.

    Love,
    Theresa

  3. Dear Sweet Mason. You brought so much light into the world. If only you could have seen it. We were lucky to have had you in our lives, even if only for a short time. Love you kiddo. -Chris and Robin, thank you for sharing your amazing son with us. We love him and miss him dearly. Kathy, Dani, Landon and Skyler

  4. I don’t know what say. I love this kid. We immediately connected when he started class with me, which shouldn’t have been easy, being it was online to start. I’ve never met anyone like him. He was always so….Mason. A wonderfully eccentric, kind, caring, and hilarious young man. I didn’t know anyone who wasn’t drawn to him. My heart is broken, but I will cherish the time I got to spend with him. I can still hear him scold me for whatever my infraction (with a huge smile and shake of his head). Special is not a good enough word for Mason. I will never forget him and the impact he had on me….and so many others.
    Ms. B

  5. I met Mason on a few occasions and found him delightful. He was genuine and very easy to speak to. I had no idea that we shared in the same music genre (older country music) and am pleased. I will think of Mason when I play my Hank Williams Jr. CD. God bless Mason. May you all find peace at this time of grave loss. I am so very sorry. God bless you all.

  6. I am sorry for the loss of this beautiful young man. I think of Mason as a young boy, with his beautiful welcoming smile and blue eyes. As 5/6 year olds, I remember Mason putting up with Bella and Sophie to play outside with them and being up for “whatever” their creative minds could come up with. Mason was blessed to be loved by all of his family. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

  7. A beautiful tribute to a young man who was loved by so many. We are beyond saddened and praying for some comfort for our family and his friends so deeply grieving. A special hug to his mother, Robin, who was an amazing mom. Her beautiful mother, my beloved Aunt Linda, told me this when Mason and Shad were little. And I witnessed it every time I saw how much love Robin’s children had for her and how deeply bonded they all were with each other. They would crawl all over her, and she would cuddle them no matter what she was doing. I remember Sophie’s head on her mommy’s shoulder and her arms around her sweet Sophie-girl. Aunt Linda told me how she would sleep with her kiddos and how close they all were. This love continued throughout Mason’s life, as Robin helped him and cared for him. He was a bright and shining soul as seen in his face in this picture. His light will shine on in memories and the hugs between us.

  8. Mason was my best freind for 4 years he was a good kid and he was always go through so much but somehow always found away to make someone laugh may his beautiful soul rest❤️🙏🏽

  9. To Ranels family….. we are friends of Ranel and Scott in Montana. We are so very sorry for the loss of your son, Mason. He was such a handsome young man. We can’t imagine the shock and the sadness you must be going thru.
    Just know we are praying for you all for comfort and strength and some understanding. This is so devastating, but I pray that knowing he’s with Jesus gives some comfort.
    His story is beautiful and all the messages say so much about who Mason was. All sent with such love♥️♥️
    We are sending God’s blessings and comfort in abundance to reign down upon you all.
    God bless you all….♥️🙏
    Sent with love and prayers

  10. Mason was always respectful and had a good sense of humor when we were around him. We commented how comfortable he seemed to be with older people like my husband even though we did not see him often. Our prayers are for the family.

  11. Chris and Family, so sorry to hear of Manson’s passing. He was a great young man and always added a laugh to our Friday meetings with Uncle Dan at Sickie’s. Our thoughts and prays are with you all. God bless. Rick, Lisa and Hanna Millar

  12. I didn’t know mason that well but I first meet him at in middle school I thought he was weird at first but then I realized he was a really nice person he was always nice to everyone he seen and always did his school work and he was one of the greatest people in the class he always put a smile on everyone’s faces even if he was in a bad mood he I wish he could of stayed longer with everyone but it was his time to go sadly

  13. Robin and family,
    My words can not ease your pain, but know our love and prayers are extending to your entire family during this unimaginable time. Mason had a beautiful smile. I pray you can hang on to all the beautiful memories you had with him.
    Love, Pam (Rushing) Sowers and family

  14. Robin and family. I am so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you. You may not remember me but I am Brenda witt and I was married to gary witt.

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