James F. Masterson
Dec. 8, 1931 ó Nov. 12, 2017
James Floyd Masterson, age 85, of Oconomowoc passed away peacefully Sunday morning, Nov. 12, 2017, one year after celebrating his 85th birthday with a big band and magnificent party. We know he is now celebrating with God and is surrounded by all those he loved that went before him.
Born in Bainbridge, N.Y., to James and Helen Masterson, Jim started playing trumpet at age 7. During his high school and college years he founded and led two big bands. His big band at Michigan State University was called Jimmy Masters and his Orchestra. This love of music was a central part of Jimís life. He began directing and singing in choirs in Illinois, California, and Wisconsin.
Jim graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in metallurgical engineering and went on to get a masterís degree in business administration. After graduate school, he worked on a project that created the metal alloy for the re-entry nose on the NASA space shuttles.
In addition to music, Jim was an avid golfer, playing at hundreds of golf courses around the world. Most notably PGA West, Pebble Beach, St. Andrews in Scotland, and Ballybunion in Ireland. Through his graceful swing he shared his passion by teaching others.
For the last 10 years Jim was instrumental in starting and heading the AV technology program at Our Saviorís Lutheran Church, Hartland. He spent many hours learning about and creating the technology needed to enhance and enliven worship services. He ensured this work would continue by passing his knowledge onto others.
Jim is survived by his wife, Carolyn; stepson, Paul (Elissa); son, Steve (Marc); daughters Sandra Malneritch (Chris), and Jodianne; and grandchildren Amelia, Miles, Jarett, and Parker.
Memorial service will be held at Our Saviorís Lutheran church in Hartland on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at 2 p.m. followed by a visitation and dessert reception. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the music program at Our Saviorís Lutheran Church, Hartland.