September 27, 1941 — August 1, 2022
Richard J. Masterson, 80, of Kincaid, Ill. passed from this life at 10:50 a.m. Monday, August 1, 2022, in his home. He was born Saturday, September 27th, 1941, in Taylorville, Ill., the son of James R. and Anna (Schmelzer) Masterson Sr.
He graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School and Taylorville High School with the class of 1959. He attended Eastern Illinois University, and graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, Ill.
He married Judy K. Ricci on October 6, 1962, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville, Ill. They celebrated 59 years of marriage.
Richard was a member of St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Kincaid. He was owner of the Masterson Funeral Home from 1971 to 2017. He also partnered with Danny Adams owning and operating Pana Monument Company, later adding Adams and Masterson Memorials in Taylorville from 1974 to 2016. Richard also ran the Ambulance service in Kincaid providing exceptional service to the the community.
Richard had previously served as President of the Taylorville Lions Club, and was formerly elected to the South Fork School Board. He was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Kincaid.
Surviving are his wife Judy of Kincaid, his son Michael (Amy) Masterson of Tovey, daughter Susan Masterson of Cincinnati, Ohio, grandchildren Alina Duncan and Sarina Duncan both of Cincinnati, Jacob Masterson of Colorado Springs, Colo., Gary Fairbrother of Quincy, Lorin Fairbrother of Peoria and Alison Riva of Tovey, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Ida Mae Cambruzzi, brother James R. Masterson II, grandson Michael J. Masterson Jr., and his business partner of 42 years, whom he thought of as a brother, Danny E. Adams.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 5th, 2022, at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Kincaid, Ill. Fr. Alan Hunter will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.
Visitation for Richard J. Masterson will be held on Thursday, August 4, 2022, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105, or Masses in Memory of Richard.
Condolences may also be left at mastersonfh.com