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Owen Frederick McMasters


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McMasters, Owen Frederick,

16, passed away Monday, Feb. 15 at home surrounded by his loving family following a courageous four-year battle with leukemia.

Born in Louisville, Owen was a graduate of Kenwood Station Elementary and South Oldham Middle School. He was a member of the Trinity High School Class of 2017, where he was a recipient of the Monsignor Alfred W. Steinhauser Scholarship.

He is survived by his parents, Dr. Kelly and Beth McMasters; brothers Austin and Steven; grandmother, Ruth Hendrickson; uncles and aunts Dina King, Michele and Kenny McMasters; Paula Barry (Louis); Jimmy (Donna), Rich (Tammi), Rob and Freddie Hendrickson; a host of cousins, great uncles and aunts; dearest other mother Molly King Lusk, and his Trinity High School brothers. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Janet Conte, grandfathers Jim Hendrickson and Walter McMasters, and his namesake and great uncle Father Fred Hendrickson. He is also survived by his courageous bone marrow donor, Suzy Marino of Santa Clarita, CA.

Owen had a brilliant mind, a quick wit, a heart of gold, and the reputation as the smartest person in the room--any room. His sarcasm and sense of humor beyond his years were legendary. He was an avid and skilled gamer, loved snowboarding, tennis and basketball. He became a shrewd poker player at a very young age, frequently to the embarrassment of older, more experienced players. Above all, he loved spending time with his older brothers, his many friends, and his canine companions. Chronicled on Facebook since November 2011, thousands of people have been inspired by Owen's courage and indomitable spirit. He never complained. He never wavered. He never gave up hope.

Owen and his parents were tireless in their support for children's hospitals and a cure for leukemia. Owen's Make-A-Wish Foundation wish was to stop the critical shortage of chemotherapy drugs so they would be available to all patients who need them. His wish went viral, gained national media attention, and proved successful for thousands of cancer patients. Owen was the honoree and speaker for the Bourbon and Bowties fundraiser for Kosair Children's Hospital, keynote speaker at the annual Snow Ball fundraiser, featured speaker at the Northwestern Mutual National Sales Meeting, and spoke on numerous other occasions to help generate support for pediatric cancer patients and help find a cure for leukemia. Owen and his family supported and promoted Sharing America's Marrow (sharingamericasmarrow.com), a local movement that spread nationally to register 50,000 people as potential bone marrow donors.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the doctors and staff at Kosair Children's Hospital, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, and the nurses and doctors at Norton Cancer Institute--in particular nurses Tracy and Becky, who made it possible to keep Owen at home the past three weeks by bringing blood products to him. Special thanks as well to the many people who donated blood and platelets for Owen, and to Hosparus of Louisville and the Louisville Red Cross.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Kosair Children's Hospital to support the 7W Pediatric Oncology Unit and the University of Louisville James Graham Brown Cancer Center to support cancer research. The family also asks that you donate blood and platelets, and please register to be a bone marrow donor (deletebloodcancer.org or bethematch.org). You could save a life.

Visitation will be at Ratterman Brothers Funeral Home East Louisville, 12900 Shelbyville Road, Middletown, KY 40243 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wed., Feb. 17, and 9 a.m. to noon Thurs., Feb. 18, with funeral services to follow at 1 p.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 212 Mt. Mercy Drive, Pewee Valley, KY 40056. Burial will be Friday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m. at St. Bernard Catholic Cemetery, 5075 St. Highway 551, Clementsville, KY 42539.

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Published in The Courier-Journal from Feb. 17 to Feb. 19, 2016
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