Robert Masters, 85

Robert K. Masters, age 85, of Broken Bow died Jan. 15, 2011. He was born March 13, 1925, near North Platte to W.C. and Sophia Masters. They moved to McPherson County, south of Tryon, when Robert was six-years-old. He went to school and graduated from McPherson County High School in 1943. After graduating, he worked at the home ranch, for his mother. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge in Tryon for 25 years. In 1962, he married Lois Wilcox and they adopted three children, Michelle, Teresa and Mary. In 1971, they sold the ranch and moved to North Platte. Robert worked as a carpenter for a while, working on the Ramada Inn and the college. Robert was baptized into the Church of Christ in 1972. In 1973, he worked all summer in Long Beach, Calif., working as a security guard at Long Beach and L.A. Harbors and finally at an eight-story hospital until an earthquake drove him back to Nebraska. One summer he worked at a big ranch near Gordon and another summer as an outrider on a wagon train in Kansas. In the winter he worked with two brothers and a nephew doing carpenter work in North Platte. In 1975, he married Loretta Nichols and to this union Janet Masters was born. They moved to Broken Bow where he started working for Gene French. He worked for Gene for 12 years. He was a member of the Custer County Sheriff’s Posse for a number of years. He worked at the Broken Bow sale barn for about 10 years and then at the Lexington sale barn. Survivors include his wife, Loretta, daughters, Janet, Teresa and Mary, two step-sons; one step-daughter; 12 grandchildren; three brothers and their families; and a number of other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ben, George, Ira, Hollis and Arbor; a sister, Melissa; and daughter, Michelle. Funeral services were Jan. 18, 2011, at Govier Brothers Chapel with Minister Jerry Ricketts officiating. Interment was in the Miller Cemetery near Tryon. Memorials are suggested to the family. Govier Brothers Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.