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Robert James “Bob” Masterson, 63, of Halfway, died Oct. 3, 2005, at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Boise after a short and courageous battle with cancer.
His graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Pastor Shawn Thatcher of Pine Valley Baptist Church will officiate. Military rites will be accorded by the Halfway Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7428. There will be a gathering for family and friends after the service at the Halfway V.F.W. Hall.
Bob was born on Aug. 5, 1942, at Halfway to Clyde and Velma Tyler Masterson. He attended schools in Union and Halfway and graduated from high school in 1960.
He entered the U.S. Navy on Sept. 19, 1962, and married Kristine Kipp in December of 1962. He served two tours in Vietnam and was honorably discharged on January 19, 1966.
He returned to his home in Halfway where he went to work for Idaho Power Co. as maintenance mechanic. Bob retired after 36 years of service to Idaho Power.
He loved his family and his dogs. He enjoyed working with his cows, hunting and working in his shop. He was a loyal man and integrity in himself and others meant everything to him. He enjoyed laughing and joking with his family and friends. He enjoyed visiting and telling stories and never met a stranger.
He was a life member of the V.F.W. Post in Halfway and actively served in the club. He served on the board of the Pine-Eagle Health Planning Committee and served for a year as chairman.
He served as secretary of Clear Creek Reservoir for many years and was a member of the Halfway Reunion Committee.
Survivors include his wife, Kristine; daughter and son-in-law, Robyn and Mike Immoos; daughter, Terese Masterson; mother, Velma Masterson; sister, Bev DuBosch; brothers, Fred, Tom and Mike Masterson; uncle and aunt, Bud and Dorothy Tyler; aunt, Christine Tyler; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lymphoma and Leukemia Foundation, Halfway Ambulance or the Pine-Eagle Clinic through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, October 7, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor