Tom Masters


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Posted Online: April 07, 2013, 7:48 pm
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Tom R. Masters, 71, of New Windsor, died Friday, April 5, 2013, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf surrounded by his family and friends after a courageous battle with cancer.
Services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, at Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Home in Alpha. Burial is in the Hopewell Cemetery, New Windsor. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Home in Alpha, where a memorial fund will be established. Online condolences can be madeat petersonwallinknox.com.
He was born on March 13, 1942, in Avena, Ill., to Lawrence and Marjorie Hoover Masters. He graduated from Crossville High School and attended the University of Illinois, majoring in engineering. Tom married Mary "Fran" Weihler on April 26, 1963, and later married Joanne Shaffer Anderson on Sept. 15, 1983, in Viola. She died on July 24, 2002.
He was employed by a Danville, Ill., contractor as a power line installer in the Mercer County area. He then was employed by Case IH in East Moline as a machinist, retiring in 1992. He worked for Workens Co. repairing farm machinery throughout the country.
He was an avid horseman, having raised and trained horses for many years. In his early days, he was a jockey in southern Illinois and was active in the rodeo, riding bulls and broncs for many years. Later in life, he owned and raced thoroughbred horses; his vast knowledge and expertise enabled him to judgemany horse shows.
He was an avid gardener, giving produce to family and friends. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and mushrooming.
He is survived by one daughter, Kimberly Ann (Mike) Kness, of Taylor Ridge; three grandchildren, Amanda Jean and Brice Thomas Kness, both of Taylor Ridge, and Cassandra Rea Kness, of Columbia, S.C.; two great-grandchildren, Marcellus Trice, of Taylor Ridge, and Aryanna Jones, of Columbia; and several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; two sisters, Bobbie Jean Payne and Freda Putnam; and one brother, Jack.












 



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