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Dr. Ronald O. Masters Sr.

Dr. Ronald O. Masters Sr., 91, of 1212 3rd St. SW, died Sunday (August 1, 2004) at home. Memorial services will be held 11:00 AM Friday at the First United Methodist Church, 119 S. Georgia with Rev. Jim Stiles officiating. Private family inurnment services will be held in Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be directed to the R.O. Masters Memorial Fund. Ronald O. Masters Sr., D.C., F.I.C.C. chiropractor, teacher, lecturer and author was born in Guthrie Center, Iowa to William F. Masters and Almeda (Ommen) Masters March 19, 1913. He married Mary Jane Millius September 22, 1933 and had four sons: Dexter Dean (deceased in 1935) Ronald O. Masters II, D.C. Lance V. Masters, D.C. and Michael J. Masters, D.C. After graduating from Guthrie Center High School, he attended Simpson College of Indianola, Iowa and then Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa where he received the degree of Doctor of Chiropractic in 1936. He practiced chiropractic in Lake City, Iowa for a short time and then moved to Manning, Iowa where he practiced until moving to Mason City in 1945. He and his brother Dr. M.W. Masters established Masters Brothers Chiropractic in Mason City. The practice eventually became known as Masters Chiropractic Clinic when his three sons joined the practice. He was very proud of the fact that he and his two brothers, his three sons, three grandsons and a grand daughter-in-law were or are in the chiropractic profession. Dr Masters is recognized as having made many contributions to the chiropractic profession. He served on the Palmer College of Chiropractic postgraduate faculty. He invented the Spinalyzer, an instrument used by chiropractors world wide to analyze body posture, balance and spinal distortions. He had many articles published in chiropractic journals on the art and science of chiropractic. In 1966, he was the recipient of the Daniel David Palmer Scientific Award from Palmer College for his research of the Occipital Atlanto articulation?s multiple misalignments and their effect on the body?s health. He presented his research findings with lectures throughout the country at state and national chiropractic conventions, seminars and conferences. He was further honored with a fellowship in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic and named a Fellow of the International College of Chiropractors. Dr. R.O. was instrumental in the formation of both the American Chiropractic Association and the Iowa Chiropractic Society. He was a charter member of both organizations and served as the A.C.A. delegate from Iowa for ten years. He was a life member of the Iowa Chiropractic Society. He also served as I.C.S. president and was on the I.C.S. Board of Directors for 20 years. Dr. R.O. was very active and served his community in many ways. He was a Boy Scout Scoutmaster, a member of First United Methodist Church, and served as a lay minister filling many pulpits in North Iowa. He was a member of the North Iowa Fair Board, served on the Mason City Planning and Zoning Commission, a 50 year member of the Mason City Noon Rotary and a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the York Rite and past president on the Masonic High Twelve Club, a member of the Mason City Chamber of Commerce, serving on the Chamber Board of Directors and as a member and chairperson of several committees. Dr. R.O. also won many local, area and regional speaking awards while he was a member of the Mason City Toastmasters International. Dr. R.O. enjoyed many varied activities which included golf, fishing, shuffleboard, traveling and reading. He loved to be with his family and enjoyed the many activities they had together. He had a passion for taking care of people and was always in search of new and better ways to help them. At the age of 79 he studied acupuncture. He was the oldest applicant to take the Arizona State Acupuncture Board licensing test and received the highest score on the state test. He practiced chiropractic and acupuncture until he was age 85. Dr. R.O. is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; three sons, Ronald II and his wife Pat of Mason City, Lance and his special friend Deb Halfpap of Mason City, Michael and his wife Judy of Honolulu, Hawaii; ten grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Almeda; three brothers, Dr. Alva, Dr. M.W (Bill) and Willard Masters; an infant son, Dexter Dean; daughter-in-law, Nancy Reagan Masters.

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