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Originally published: 2013-06-04 13:53:53
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Robert Stephen Masten Jr

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

Steve was born on August 5, 1950, in Charlotte, 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 and Durham, 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, N.Y.

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 4 p.m. Thursday, June 6, 2013, at the Member's Club of St. James Plantation.

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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 S. 41st St., Wilmington, NC 28403, (910) 791-9099, is serving the family.