Harry A. Masterson

December 30, 1915February 3, 2019

Harry A. Masterson, 103, passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at his home at Ridgecrest Village, Davenport, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at the Runge Mortuary, with an additional visitation one hour prior to the service. The funeral service will be held at Ridgecrest’s Koning Chapel at 11:00 am on Friday, February 8, 2019. Internment will take place at Davenport Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Newcomb Presbyterian Church, Davenport, or Ridgecrest Village. Online tributes and condolences may be expressed at

Harry Masterson was born December 30, 1915 in Donahue, Iowa the son of Leo Nelson and Ardena (Denker) Masterson. He graduated from Wilton High School in 1934. He married Evelyn Teresa Kuhlmeier at St. Joseph’s Church Rectory on January 21, 1940. Evelyn gave birth to six children: Carol, Bernard, Donald, Terry, Ruth and David. Evelyn preceded Harry in death on April 2, 1986. Harry later married Alice Stout on Valentines Day, February 14, 1988, at Newcomb Presbyterian Church, Davenport. Alice preceded him in death on October 9, 2014.

Harry had served in the Civilian Conservation Corps at the Solon , Iowa Camp, in the Army as a medic, and was employed at Hickey Brothers Cigar Store and Restaurant, Davenport; the Greyhound Bus Terminal Restaurant, Davenport; the Rock Island Arsenal Post Restaurant; ARA Vending at the J.I. Case Plant, Bettendorf, and Red Jacket Pump Company, Davenport.

Harry enjoyed studying the Bible, woodworking, working crossword puzzles, listening to all kinds of music (especially big band music), playing cribbage, attending family gatherings, playing and watching golf, and going out for dinner with his kids and grandchildren. He had the privilege of taking the 16th Honor Flight, and throwing out the first pitch at the River Bandits baseball game at the age of 100.

Those left to honor Harry’s memory include his sister, Rosalie Ellen Petersen of Grimes, Iowa; children: Carol (Harold) Zindel, Davenport; Bernard, Davenport; Donald (Sharon) Bettendorf, Terry, Davenport; Ruth (Ken) Soedt, Davenport, and David (Maria), Bettendorf; fourteen grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; seven great great grandchildren; and Alice’s daughter, Judy (William) Ellis.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two-year old brother Gilbert Wayne; wives: Evelyn and Alice; Alice’s daughter, Patty Knaack and grandson, Jim Masterson.


  • Leo N Masterson, Father
  • Ardena (Denker) Masterson, Mother
  • Evelyn Teresa (Kuhlmeier) Masterson, Wife
  • Alice (Strout) Masterson, Wife
  • Rosalie Ellen Petersen, Sister
  • Carol (Harold) Zindel, Daughter
  • Bernard Masterson, Son
  • Donald (Sharon) Masterson, Son
  • Terry Masterson, Son
  • Ruth (Ken) Soedt, Daughter
  • David (Maria) Masterson, Son
  • Judy (William) Ellis, Alice's Daughter
  • Gilbert Wayne Masterson, Two Year Old Brother
  • Patty Knaack, Alice's Daughter
  • Jim Masterson, Grandson
  • Harry is also survived by fourteen grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; seven great great grandchildren

  • Scott Masterson
  • Mark Masterson
  • Jeff Masterson
  • Rick Masterson
  • Thomas Wilson
  • Jared Masterson
  • Zach Masterson
  • Joe Masterson


  • Visitation Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 8, 2019

Harry A. Masterson

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Audrey Byram Keeney

February 8, 2019

I am sorry to have to miss your dad's and grandpa's funeral. Just too afraid of walking on ice and the cold temperatures. I visited with your dad while I was at Ridgecrest a few years ago. He was so pleasant and eager to share how fortunate he was to be living at Ridgecrest. I remember the beautiful items he made from wood. I go back a long way with your family - met you when we first moved here in 1961 and Merle was a wood teacher at West and Elroy Gertner was your neighbor. We actually bought my 3 speed bicycle from one of you boys and used it for 20 some years. Merle taught you boys in woodworking class at West. Harry's life was an example for all to follow. I am glad to have known him both at Newcomb Church and in the community.
Audrey Byram Keeney

Alvin / Jill Berodt

February 7, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Gary Mau

February 7, 2019

Our deepest sympathies during your time of loss.

Cindy Menke

February 7, 2019

Deepest sympathy to all my Masterson cousins and their families.
Uncle Harry certainly had a life well lived and well loved. We regret being unable to be with you due to weather but you all are in our thoughts and prayers. He will forever be in our hearts. Much love, Cindy & Chuck

Pat/sue Broderick

February 6, 2019

Wow, who would’ve guessed that so many people we know and love came from the same great man and woman! We send our thoughts and prayers to you all. Pat and sue Broderick

Vickie Williams (Kuhlmeier)

February 6, 2019

My prayers to the family during this time of loss..