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Jon Masters

Aug 19th, 1951 - Jan 11th, 2024

Celebration of Life Ceremony:  6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at Flora First Methodist Church

Visitation:  4 until 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the church



     Jon Anthony Masters, age 72, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Thursday, January 11, 2024, at Clay County Hospital.

     He was born August 19, 1951, in Flora, the son of Lynn and Johannah Jane (Glassford) Masters.  On September 10, 1972, he married Connie Sue Johnson, and they continued their lifelong journey together while celebrating 51 wedding anniversaries.

     Jon was a graduate of Flora High School and went on to 27 years of employment at World Color Press in Salem.  When the time came for a career change, Jon ventured on a new path involving aviation, and he earned a degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology at Vincennes University, achieving Magna Cum Laude honors.  His advancing skills and passion for his work led him to a distinguished 17-year tenure as the Aviation Crew Chief Mechanic for American Airlines in Springfield, Missouri.  

     Jon's spiritual foundation was expressed in his membership at Flora First Methodist Church.  His interests were diverse, and ranged from playing guitar, indulging in his love for cars, vacationing in favorite destinations like Hawaii, to finding everyday satisfaction in hands-on projects involving making and fixing all sorts of things.  Jon's greatest joys were especially found in the company of his children and grandchildren, and alongside Connie throughout their lifetime of cherished and unforgettable memories.

     He is survived by his wife: Connie Masters of Flora; 3 children: Wendy Masters Bunnell (Dusty Beccue) of Flora, Jon C. (Nikki) Masters of Flora, and Robyn (Luke) Masters Stanford of Flora; 11 grandchildren: Adam Bunnell, Emma Bunnell, Ellie Bunnell, Abriana Williams, Brayden Masters, River Masters, Briar Masters, Branch Masters, Dakota Spitzner, Rosalynn Stanford, and Cash Stanford; a sister: Lisa Masters Erbacher of Flora; mother-in-law: Shirley Blackwell Burdine of Flora; sisters-in-law: Norma Masters of Florissant, Missouri; Brenda (Sonny) Perry of Flora, April Kirkpatrick (Joe Decker) of Flora, Jane (Darrell) Gregory of Effingham, and Kim (Mark) Smith of Flora; brother-in-law: Bobby (Kathy) Johnson of Flora; and his beloved toy poodles: Babette and Janko.

    He was preceded in passing by his parents; 2 sisters: Janette Masters Gresham and Teri Masters Dhom; brother: Nelson Masters; and a brother-in-law: Carl Johnson.

    A Celebration of Life Ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at Flora First Methodist Church.  A visitation will take place from 4 until 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the church.  Arrangements are by Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Memorial donations are suggested to Flora First Methodist Church or Meals on Wheels, and these will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a condolence or memory, visit:


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Steve and Nancy Mink

January 12th

Fly high John. Praying for peace and comfort for all who love him and will miss him. He was a great man.

Candy & Billy Harrell

January 12th

Connie, Lisa and family; I am so very sorry to read of John’s passing. Prayers for all.

Meryl Woods Jr

January 12th

So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers to the family's.

Bruce Lane

January 13th

Saddened to hear of of Jon’s passing. He was a good friend & a great person…. I will mess his visits at work. God Bless. Prayers for the family…

Sammie Wickiser

January 13th

My dad loved talking with him. 19th I will say an extra prayer. RIP dear man. You will be greatly missed.

Becky Bonville

January 13th

My sincere condolences to you all ✝️🙏❤️

Robbie & Jill Lewis

January 13th

Connie and family, I am so sorry for your loss! Praying for peace and comfort during this difficult time!

Meryl Woods Jr

January 13th

So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers to the family's.

Connie Schlabach

January 13th

I am so sorry for the loss of Jon to both his wife and children and grandchildren, and to his sister Lisa and family. I always liked Jon and enjoyed visiting with him when I came for our high school reunions. I will miss you, Jon. God bless his family.

Linda Jones

January 13th

So sorry for your loss. Remembering you in prayer and trusting you will know the special love and comfort that only God can give. In Sympathy The Jones Family

Roger & Debbie Wells

January 13th

Sending our thoughts and prayers to the family.

Judy Lusk

January 13th

Jon was a great guy. My condolences to his family. Fly high, Jon and rest easy.

Mary Reynolds

January 13th

My condolences to the family 🙏

Shelby and Jennifer Davis

January 13th

sorry to here about jon we go back a long way will allways remember good times Shelby

Kelly Courtright

January 13th

My thoughts are with you all. So sorry for your loss.

Dick and Sharon Tolliver

January 13th

We were shocked and saddened to learn of Jon’s passing. We will always cherish the acts of friendship and kindness Jon extended to us. The world has lost a good man.

Kay Fritch

January 13th

Jon's smile lit up a room and he was a joy to all. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his loving family

Leanna Snell

January 13th

So very sorry to hear this !!!! Love and prayers for all the family!!!

Matt and Deb Kuenstler

January 13th

Connie and family I’m so sorry for your loss … Pray God comforts you all and gives you all strength during this very difficult time and the days ahead… Hugs❤️🙏🏻❤️

Glenda Oliver

January 13th

Condolences to Jon’s family. Prayers for strength in the difficult days ahead. Lisa, special hugs for you. So sorry for the loss of your sweet brother.

Jerry and Mary Ellis

January 13th

So sorry to here the news. Jon was a good man and will be missed.

Your sister

January 13th

I love very proud of you..I will miss you....

Tim Bowen

January 13th

Gary Woods

January 13th

So sorry to hear about Jon. Have many good childhood memories growing up with Jon. Praying for God to wrap his loving arms around Connie and give the family peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Terry Igert

January 13th

You all have our deepest sympathy!! I have John in many memories throughout my life! He and Connie would always stop so we could talk a minute or two. He is going to be missed by many!!

Donna Hess Struble

January 13th

Connie...I am SO sorry to hear about Jon! My heart breaks for you & your family! Asking God to wrap His loving arms of comfort around you and give you the peace that passes ALL understanding! 🙏💔💕🤗🙏

Pam (Glassford) Smith

January 13th

I am devastated over the loss of my cousin and friend. We had many great memories together while growing up. Connie and family, Lisa and family...I pray God will watch over you, comfort you, and heal your broken hearts. I love you and will miss Jon greatly.

Lisa Scherer Reaves

January 13th

My sincere condolences to all the family. May you find strength in the memories and love of friends and family.

Brigitte Waller

January 13th

I'm so sorry, Lisa, to hear about Jon's passing. My thoughts and prayer are with you and Jon's family. Many, many hugs, my friend.

Randy and Lori Poole

January 13th

Praying for the family during this difficult time! Cherish all those beautiful memories!

Randy & Julie Mitchel

January 13th

We are so very sorry for your loss. Jon was such a nice guy and definitely one of a kind. My heart breaks for Connie and the kids, Lisa and all the grandchildren and family and friends that are left to mourn him forever. What a great loss for us all. Much love and prayers for comfort for you all during this awfully difficult time.

Cathy Sledge Kieta

January 13th

I am so sorry to hear this. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Shaun Hagenseiker

January 13th

My condolences to the family. I'm so sorry for your loss. ❤️

Pat and Joyce ODonnell

January 13th

Connie and Family So very sorry for your loss. Jon was a good man. The world is missing a very good person now. Fly high to our friend!

Walter J. Chaney

January 13th

Thoughts and prayers for his family! So sad to hear about his passing! Good person!!

Chris Briscoe

January 13th

Connie and Family I'm so sorry to hear of Jon's passing Big hug to all.

Don and Debra Nix

January 13th

Sorry to hear of Jon’s passing! Our condolences and deepest sympathy to the family!

Carl and Brenda Bandy

January 13th

Connie, Lisa and all the families, we are so very sorry that you have lost Jon. May God wrap His loving arms around you and comfort you at this time. ❤️

Debra Ritchie

January 13th

Thoughts and prayers.

Mike & June Chaney

January 13th

We are so sorry to hear about Jon. We're praying comfort, peace, and understanding that only God can provide for Connie and family. He was always so kind and friendly. He will be missed. Jon is resting in Gods arms.

Debbie King Casell

January 13th

Having grown up with Teri since Kindergarten, and meeting Connie in Jr. High, and being friends with both, I've known Jon my whole life. He always had a smile, friendly, and kind. He was a good man. He was one of those rare people that everyone liked. My deepest sympathy to you Connie, your children and grandchildren as your loss is great. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family.

Paul and Jo Ann Crain

January 13th

So sorry for your loss. You all will be in our prayers.

Peggy Nichols

January 13th

So sorry to hear this ! Love and Prayers for a all …. He was so special to anyone that knew him !

Mike Snyder

January 13th

Jon was a life long friend and comrade. I'm heart broken by his passing. Praying for Connie and famiky.

Becky Stocke

January 13th

So very sorry to hear of Jon’s passing. Remembering you Connie — Lise—- and family in my thoughts and prayers. He will be missed! 🙏

Brenda and Brian Streif

January 13th

Prayers for all. So sorry for your loss.

Andy and Dee McGehee

January 13th

We are so sorry for the family’s loss😞 He was such an amazing man🙏

Terry Thompson

January 13th

Jon and I met first time at Washington grade school. We played together many times back then. I always admired Jon for taking on the everyday challenge and kept good spirit. To the family you and the rest of us are missing a great man. May god bless you all.

Steven Staley

January 13th

My deepest condolences to Connie and family. Jon was a great guy.

Bill and Robin Ernest

January 13th

Fly high John and into gods arms. I remember you well. Always a great smile and very tenacious. Never let anything get in your way my friend. Prayers for your family. A beautiful guy…

Ron Grubb

January 13th

Well Jon you beat me there.I know we will see each other again and all my prayers to Connie and Family.

Kathy Hoppes

January 13th

So saddened to hear of your loss, my heart aches for you and your family. Praying for peace and comfort as you continue on without your beloved.🙏🙏🙏

Bud & Linda Martin

January 14th

Connie & Family; Lisa & Family: We are shocked and saddened to hear of hear of Jon’s passing. We are so sorry for your loss. Jon was a good man and interesting conversationalist. He’ll be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with y’all. RIP Jon🙏

John Masters

January 14th

Condolences to John's family he is a good man and a good friend he will be missed 😢 🙏

David Stanley

January 15th

Boy this is a shock. I'm so sorry. A loss for sure. Just about 10-12 days ago or thereabouts,we were standing in my drive way talking about life in general and then cars too of course. He had just been out and washed the Corvette. He mentioned how he wanted to fix up the garage at home with cabinets floor treatment and so on. I am very sorry to hear of this.

Scott Hagenseiker

January 17th

My deepest condolences to the family. Shocked to hear of John's passing. He was a great guy.

Vickie Simpson Class of 1969

January 17th

Where do I begin that hasn't already been said. Jon and I go back to kindergarten days, parents car pooling. When he made it to the class reunions, was always a pleasure catching up with him and so glad he and Connie made to our 'In-between' reunion in 2022, our 53rd reunion. Prayers to all the family and friends as God comforts us in His way.

Larry Coggin

January 17th

Connie & family, I'm sorry for your lost. John & I worked together at AMF & World Color Press for many years. I have know him since he was in grade school. Not to say we were both from the South end of town. He was a great friend & will be missed. Sorry I was out of town at Sara Bush hospital in Matoon & missed his visitation and funeral at the church tonight.

Sam and Ramona Anderson

January 17th

Sending our sincere condolences to Jon’s friends and family. Your brother and my youngest brother were good friends many years ago. We lost Dean last January. ❤️🙏

Jill Martin

January 21st

So sorry to hear of Jons passing, my deepest condolences to Connie, Lisa and all family and friends.

Scott Inman

January 29th

I worked with Jon in Sgf. My condolences. He will be missed. There are still a few of us left in Sgf and we still enjoy telling are story’s with and about Jon.

Linda Sheley

January 31st

I was so sorry to hear of Jon's passing. What an inspiration he was to all of his classmates! He was always so happy and kind to everyone. He will be missed!

Michael Morelock

January 31st

Jon was a good man and always had that smile on his face that brought everyone up a notch, he will be missed by many.

Glen Jin AE SGF

January 31st

It has been close to 20 years since I last saw him, but I remember John's smile and positive vibes. Rest in peace,sir.

Mark Hogan

February 1st

Condolences to the family. Jon and I worked together in Springfield, MO. Rest in peace my friend.

Robbin Wilson

April 17th

Jon and I worked together for several years in SGF. He will be greatly missed! We used to tease each other and I would call him “Hey, buy an H Jon!” Then he would call me “ Hey, lose a B Robbin!” He was a very good guy and friend.



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