Allan E. Masters, 92, of Arcadia, NE, died Sat., Jan. 26, 2013, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, NE.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 31 at the United Methodist Church in Arcadia with Rev. Dr. Jeff D. Hale and Rev. Ray Berry officiating. Burial will follow at the Arcadia City Cemetery with military honors by the Arcadia American Legion Post #251. Higgins Funeral Home in Loup City is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 30 at the Arcadia Community Building.
Memorials are suggested to the Arcadia American Legion, Arcadia Fire Department or donor's choice. Sign Allan's guest book at higginsfuneralhomelc.com.
Allan E. Masters was born Apr. 19, 1920, at Arcadia, NE, to Ora and Pearl (Edwards) Masters. On the surface, he was a simple, straightforward, "what you see is what you get," an honest, hardworking man. But under the surface was a complex individual capable of wearing many hats, husband, dad, uncle, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, World War II Veteran, farmer, rancher, banker and friend. He was also a teacher, leading by example and the owner of a wonderful sense of humor...displaying itself over and over during his life and during these last difficult months. His family and those who knew him will miss him. While the physical part of him is now gone, he remains with us in prayers, thoughts, and in our memories.
Allan never lost his sense of purpose, his foundation of integrity, his pride in his community, his love of country, or his wonder of the world. We are reminded of a quote from one of his favorite presidents, Ronald Reagan who said: "There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits to the human capacity of intelligence, imagination and wonder."
Those left to cherish his memory are a daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Dennis Karnopp of Bend, OR; two sons and daughters-in-law, Doug and Robbin Masters of Arcadia and James and Sara Masters of Papillion; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Gladys, a son, Richard, and his parents.