Robert Stephen Masten, Jr.

August 5, 1950 - June 2, 2013
Robert Stephen Masten, Jr.

Mr. Robert Stephen Masten, Jr., 62, of St. James, NC, died on Sunday, June 2, 2013.

Steve was born on August 5, 1950 in Charlotte, NC to the late Robert and Ann Masten. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS in Business in 1972 where he met his loving wife of 41 years Deborah Dickson Masten. They married on June 11, 1972 and lived together in Valdese, NC and Durham, NC before relocating to St. James in 2005.
Steve began his career with Aetna Life & Casualty and then was an independent insurance agent for 25 years. For the past 13 years he was a project manager with Fair Isaacs Corporation. Steve was an early adaptor of computers and received a U.S. patent for a software program that measured peanut weights.

Steve loved golf and played at Appalachian State on scholarship. His lifetime hobbies also included tennis, photography, music, and travel. He was a lover of life and an incredibly generous and caring man.

Steve is survived by his wife Debby, son Rob of St. James, daughter Ashley Masten Lech, son-in-law John Paul and grandson Andrew Lech of New York, NY.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 2202 Wrightsville Avenue, Suite 111, Wilmington, NC 28403.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at the Member’s Club of St. James Plantation.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403.
910.791.9099


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  • June 19, 2013
    Heather Dye says:
    Debbie, You and your family are in my prayers.

  • June 03, 2013
    Joyce Bailey says:
    Debbie, Ashley and Rob - Stephen, Brendan and I are so very saddened to hear the news about Steve. Our hearts and prayers go out to you. Please let us know when services will be. Your Woodcroft family is with you!! Much love, Joyce Bailey

  • June 04, 2013
    Joe Maples says:
    I was Golf Director at the Boone Golf Club where Steve played his college golf. I was always impressed with what a nice, decent young man he was. It seems like such a short time ago and I am saddened at his passing at such a relatively young age. May the "peace that passes all understanding" be with you at this time and in the days and weeks to come.

  • June 04, 2013
    Alice Collins says:
    My heart is so heavy with the news about Steve. He was a wonderful person with such a kind heart. His family ~ Debby, Rob and Ashley (and John Paul and Andrew, too) ~ made his happy heart sing. Sending my love to all of you and praying for comfort and peace today and every day. I love you, Alice

  • June 03, 2013
    Fred Dinkler (FICO) says:
    Steve and I were co-workers at FICO, sharing work and advice often. I shall truly miss his authentic Southern accent and Nawth Karlina twang.