James R. Masterson Sr., founded the firm in Pawnee, Illinois in 1920. He established a funeral home in Taylorville, where he grew up, on March 1, 1931 in a room adjoining the Montgomery Ward Store on East Market St.
On May 29, 1935 Mr. Masterson married Anna Schmelzer McManus. Anna became very active in the business, both with her husband and later with her son, and remained so until her death in 2004.
Mr. Masterson purchased a home on West Adams Street in Taylorville in 1937 to be used as a funeral home and his personal residence.
On July 23, 1946, he purchased a business building on the square in Kincaid. The growth of the business and changes in funeral trends made the Kincaid home imperative and the firm responded to this need by providing one of the finest funeral homes in the area.
Richard J. Masterson and Judy K. Masterson, 2nd Generation
In 1961 Richard Masterson graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago and joined his father in the operation of the funeral homes.
Richard and the former Judy K. Ricci were married at St. Mary Catholic Church in Taylorville on October 6, 1962.
The funeral home in Pawnee was sold in June of 1968 as a private residence.
Richard purchased the business from his father in 1972
On October 23, 1973, James R. Masterson Sr. passed away.
In December of 1977 the funeral home in Taylorville was sold as a private residence. Richard and Judy, along with their children, Michael and Susan, moved into their newly constructed home in Kincaid.
Michael J. Masterson and Amy Masterson, 3rd Generation
In September of 1989 Michael graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, the same mortuary school that his grandfather and father had graduated from. For twenty years, Michael worked at funeral homes in Monmouth, Decatur and Springfield. In March of 2010 he came to work with his father.
Michael and Amy (Hundley) were married in 2015 in Kincaid at the Masterson Funeral Home chapel.
Amy then attended DMACC obtaining her second degree in mortuary science followed by licensure in the state of Illinois and is currently serving her funeral director internship.
Michael and Amy purchased the business from Richard upon his retirement in September, 2017 and expanded the name to incorporate cremation services.
They are both looking forward to 100 years of providing meaningful funeral and memorial services.