Raymond A. “Ray” Masters

Raymond A. “Ray” Masters

March 29, 1932 – August 10, 2019

Ray was born in Oelwein, Iowa to Jess and Effie Masters. He was number 11 of 13 children. Ray joined the Navy on January 3, 1951 and served as a radarman on the USS Macon and on the USS Iowa during the Korean War.  Ray moved to Chicago after discharge from the Navy in October, 1954 to apprentice as a Tool & Die Maker.  There he met the love of his life, Alyce.  Ray and Alyce enjoyed 63 years of life together.  They had many wonderful adventures.  Ray moved his family to Lincoln in 1977 to open a manufacturing plant for Molex, Inc.  He became an avid Husker fan and a member of the Sowers Club.

Ray is survived by his wife of 63 years, Alyce (Nelson); daughter, Lorrie Kurfman (Dan) of Omaha; sons, Ray Masters Jr. (Rima) of Charlottesville, VA, and John Masters of Valley, NE; seven grandchildren: Lauren, Sean, Courtney (Cole), Seth (Kayley), Michael, Kyle, and Connor.  He is also survived by a brother, Wayne Masters of Columbus, OH; sisters, Dolores Novak of Rowley, IA and Norma VanHaaften of Minnetonka, MN; and many nephews and nieces.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters of Christ the King, Lincoln, NE and St. Patrick’s Parish in Elkhorn, NE.

Visitation will be Monday, August 12th from 4pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, August 13th at 10am at St Patrick Catholic Church, 20500 W. Maple Rd. in Elkhorn, NE.




  • Thomaas Schneider Posted August 11, 2019 7:56 am

    Ray was such a good man. Our Molex work relationship became a personal friendship including Alyce , Ray Jr. , John and Laurie. My condolences to his family.. I will always have such good memories of the Ray. I am saddened by his passing.

    • Lorrie Kurfman Posted August 13, 2019 8:03 pm

      Tom, thank you so much for coming to dad’s funeral and all your kindness. He thought the world of you. Lorrie

  • Marita Burmeister Posted August 11, 2019 8:25 am

    Alyce – I was so sorry to read about Ray’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May many wonderful memories remind you of your very special husband and friend.

  • Kirk Stevens Posted August 12, 2019 6:56 am

    I am saddened to learn of the passing of Ray. He always had a smile on his face, as he took his daily walk though the plant to talk with employees. He gave me many opportunities to excel during my career with Molex and for those I am very grateful. It was a pleasure to work with and for Ray and he will truly be missed. My condolences to the Masters family.

  • Wendy Zimmer Posted August 12, 2019 8:06 am

    Ray, Our prayers are with you and your family. May the wonderful memories of your dad bring you comfort and smiles. With hope for brighter days…Wendy

  • Renee Stokes Posted August 12, 2019 10:00 am

    Ray, Sending my sincere condolences to you and your family. May God comfort you and give you strength in the coming days. Remember your Daparak family is here for you. Take Care, Renee.

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