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Our Heritage
Three generations. One purpose. 100 years.

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James R. Masterson Sr. and Anna Masterson 

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.

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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 Michael moved into their residence in Kincaid, just up the street from the funeral home.

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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.  

As Amy continued her nursing career in the hospice field, she attended DMACC obtaining her second degree in mortuary science working along side of Michael as a licensed funeral director.  As a U. S. Army Veteran, she holds a special place in her heart for those who have served.

Michael and Amy purchased the business from Richard upon his retirement in September, 2017 and expanded the name to incorporate cremation services.

In 2020, Michael and Amy celebrated 100 years of continued funeral service by the Masterson family.

"We are humbled and blessed to care for the families that we serve, that we have known throughout our lives and cherish as family." - Amy & Mike

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