Celebrating the life of Robert Bruce Masters
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After a long and blessed life he passed away at his home in Duke, on November 25th, 2015. A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 29th, 2015 at 2:30pm at the Lowell Tims chapel.
R.B. graduated from Prairie Hill High School in 1941 as a member of the last class before the school consolidated with Duke. He married his great love, Betty Weyrick, on December 9th, 1942 and they lived in that area until 1954 when they moved into Duke. As constant companions they were married over 71 years . RB was a loving husband and continued to care for Betty as her health declined.
R.B. was involved in farming, ranching and real estate being very involved up until his death. He was a custom harvester for over 35 years and made many lasting friendships during that time. He and Betty were lucky enough to have a young man join them in these operations: Ronnie and Judy Zorger, along with their family became a lifelong bond in these endeavors. The Masters were awarded Outstanding Farm Family for Jackson county and he was an active member of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers.
Mr. Masters was active in the Duke community becoming a Duke Town board member, he served as mayor for many years and also was the Master of Ceremonies several times for the Duke Christmas parade. He was instrumental in assisting Duke in various progressive projects such as securing a soft water system, paved streets, and a new community building. He built numerous homes in town to provide opportunities for families to join the community. One of R.B.'s favorite activities was initiating the town celebration of the New Year's Eve party in 2000 and continued to celebrate by dropping the ball for the next 10 years. It was a party that people from all over enjoyed and compared Duke to New York City!
He was baptized in the Duke Baptist Church in 1954 and was an active member serving as usher, Sunday School teacher, and member of several committees. He served on the building and grounds committee, which secured the building of the fellowship hall and the church parsonage.
R.B. enjoyed life and was known for his sense of humor and practical jokes. He was a generous person who always supported the church, community, and school. His donations to the Duke School Foundation included a new house in Duke which he gave as a memorial to his wife, Betty as well as Masters Field for the new football program.
Above all these activities was the love and devotion he gave to his family. He literally built his family a house and then provided the love, support, and discipline to make it a home. One of R.B's proudest accomplishments was his three children. He took great pride in all their lives and those of his grandchildren and great-grand children.
R.B. was preceded in death by his wife, parents, 3 brothers, and 4 sisters. He is survived by his three children and their spouses. Dan and Dianna Masters, of Edmond: Robetha and Bob Darby, of Duke: Brenda Masters and Tom Barclay, of Stillwater.
His grandchildren include Dr. Geoff Roubik and wife, Leslie; Andrea Carpenter; Amy McIlhenny and husband Andrew; Erin Raveling and husband Tony: Robert Darby and wife Marie: and Kendal Butler and husband Blake. He also delighted in his eleven great-grand children. In addition, he is survived by many nieces, nephews and a multitude of friends.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that a donation can be made in his honor to the Duke School Foundation or a charity of your choice.
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