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The full life of Orlyn (Spud, Gomer, Al, Jo) Master reached a peaceful end on January 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas, at age 97.
Orlyn was born to Oscar and Fern (Ewing) Master April 19, 1920 in Kewanna, Indiana, and was a member of the 1938 Kewanna High School graduating class.
He entered the US WWII military service in 1942, trained and served as a B-17 navigator for the European theater. His plane was involved in a mid air collision on a mission November 3, 1943 and crashed off the northern German coast. He was held as a prisoner of war in Germany for approximately eighteen months.
Orlyn returned to Indiana where he attended Indiana University. There he met and married Kathleen Foreman of Decatur, Indiana September 4, 1948. They graduated together from IU in 1949.
The couple moved to Texas to work and raise a family of two sons and twin daughters.
Orlyn had a long civil service career while in Texas working for the Bureau of Federal Credit Unions and then Health Services Command at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.
For pre retirement in the mid 1980's, Orlyn and Kathleen moved to work in Ludwigsburg, Germany for six years, traveling extensively across Europe and Asia.
Their return to the US was to White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, where Orlyn was widowed in June 1995.
Orlyn returned part time to Indiana where he reacquainted with and married Elsie (Wharton) Turner in 1999. He continued to travel frequently (often piloting his plane), now with Elsie, and they divided their time between Indiana and Texas.
Elsie passed away while in Florida on April 22, 2010. Orlyn then moved permanently to Houston, Texas to be near family.
Orlyn is survived and lovingly remembered by his children and their spouses: Gregory and Dee Master (Mesa, AZ), Geofrey and Catherine Master (Washington, DC), Dr. Gynette Master and Karl Seibert (Houston, TX), and Gizelle Master (Pearland, TX); Grandchildren and their spouses: Dr. Sarah and Peter Rothan with great grandson Benjamin Rothan (San Antonio, TX), Dr. Stewart Master and Dr. Sonja Stutzman (Dallas, TX), John Master (Brooklyn, NY), David Master (Arlington, VA), and Elizabeth Master (Charlottesville, VA); Stepdaughter Susan Turner (Rochester, IN) and her extended family.

Burial services will be scheduled at Arlington National Cemetery.