Dorothy Ann Masten

March 23, 1926August 17, 2018
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Dorothy Ann (Conrad) Masten, age 92, passed away surrounded by her family on August 17, 2018, at Asbury Towers in Greencastle, Indiana. Dorothy Ann, or Dottie as most knew her, was born on March 23, 1926, in Vincennes, Indiana to Leo C. and Lois (Eshelman) Conrad. The family soon thereafter moved to Greencastle, where Dottie graduated from Greencastle High School and in 1948, from DePauw University. She was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi social sorority.

On August 7, 1948, Dottie married the love of her life, Donus (Don) Everett Masten, with whom she had four children: Daniel Craig; David Conrad (Teresa); Julie Ann, and Thomas Everett (Paula).

Dottie’s life and that of her family changed forever on April 27, 1965, when Don died suddenly at age 41. Dottie returned to DePauw and earned a Master’s in Education, intending to become a teacher. But teaching other people’s children did not turn out to be her calling, and Dottie and Putnam County were fortunate that she was available to manage the License Branch, then located in the Courthouse. For many years she greeted the people of Putnam County, many of whom she came to know by name, every year when it came time to renew license plates and driver’s licenses. The haze of tobacco smoke and long lines never prevented her from being unfailingly helpful and courteous. After Dottie’s retirement, she spent her time helping to raise her two beloved grandchildren, Gregory Conrad and Stefanie Ann Masten. In addition to family, she served many years as the secretary of the Putnam County Republican Central Committee, was a member of Delta Theta Tau, and was one of the early members of Greencastle Christian Church upon its founding in 1966. She loved crossword puzzles, discussing politics and the events of the day with her sons Dan and David, good food and interesting company. But first and always she was there for her children, grandchildren and extended family for advice, guidance, support and unconditional love, no matter what kind of predicament they had too often gotten themselves into.

Dottie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Don; and her sister, Mary Louise Kemp of Simi Valley, California. She was the rock that anchored our family and her loss leaves a void that we can never fill.

Visitation will be at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, August 22nd at Greencastle Christian Church, 620 Primrose Lane in Greencastle. Services will follow at the church at 1:00 PM. Interment will be next to Don at Forest Hill Cemetery in Greencastle. In Lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Putnam County Humane Association.

Memories may be shared with the family at


  • Humane Society of Putnam County


  • Visitation Wednesday, August 22, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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Sue Ross

August 22, 2018

May the precious memories of Dottie sustain you all in the days ahead. Julie - I have thought of you often through the years and when I saw this about your mom, I wanted to send my condolences. It is hard to lose your momma. Peace to you in the days ahead.

Sally Eppelheimer Alexander

August 21, 2018

Dear Dan and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. She was a good community member and gave a lot of herself to Greencastle. I do remember her working at the license bureau and it was nice to be reminded of that in her obituary.
To you, Dan, your siblings, spouses, and children I send my heartfelt sympathy.
Sally Eppelheimer Alexander

Margie Stout

August 20, 2018

The Stout family sends sincere sympathy to the Masten family on Dottie's passing. Each of us looked forward to seeing Dottie at GCC and spending time visiting. She will be greatly missed! Margie & Cy Stout