Wilbur "Bill" Massey

April 22, 1935 - October 12, 2018
Lansing, MI

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Visitation

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT
St. Johns Lutheran Church
511 East Sturgis Street
St. Johns, MI 48879
(989) 224-6796

Visitation

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
St. Johns Lutheran Church
511 East Sturgis Street
St. Johns, MI 48879
(989) 224-6796

Service

Thursday, October 18, 2018
11:00 AM EDT
St. Johns Lutheran Church
511 East Sturgis Street
St. Johns, MI 48879
(989) 224-6796

Following the service, food and fellowship will be shared in the church hall.

Contributions


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

St. Johns Lutheran Church-Enrichment Fund
511 East Sturgis Street
St. Johns, MI 48879
(989) 224-6796

Mother Teresa House
308 North Walnut Street
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 484-5494
Web Site

Flowers


Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

Ambati
1830 S. Westnedge
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 349-4961
Driving Directions
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Life Story / Obituary


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It is with sorrow but also great celebration that the family of Wilbur Merton Massey (Pops) announce that he received the Crown of Glory on Friday, October 12 2018 at the age of 83 after a brief illness. He was carried gently from his earthly life to the loving embrace of Jesus under the tender care of Mother Teresa House in Lansing, Michigan.

Bill was born on April 22, 1935 to Carl Massey and Margaret (Edmonds) Massey in Cheboygan Michigan. He was the youngest of 5 children – Gladys (Bobbi), Shirley, Royal, and Dorothy. He later had two younger siblings after his mother was remarried to Raymond Becker – Raymond, Jr. and Bonnie. Bill and his brother Royal were particularly close and shared many adventures that threatened the mental welfare of their mother.

Bill was baptized on April 1, 1950 and confirmed April 2, 1950 at Grace English Lutheran Church in Flint, Michigan. After moving to Blanchard, Michigan he met the love of his love – Mary Ellen Tucker. The two high school sweethearts were united in marriage on August 8, 1954 and raised 5 children: William, Jeff, Diane, Steve and Brad. Much like their father, the Massey children also had many adventures that threatened the mental welfare of their mother.

Bill joined the ranks of the Michigan State Police in the spring of 1957 and served the people of Michigan with distinction for 25 years before retiring at the age of 46 with the rank of Detective/Lieutenant in the Fire Marshall Division. During his career he served at posts in Reed City, Battle Creek, Pontiac, Northville, and Lansing. Upon his retirement he worked another 15 years for INS Investigations.

Throughout his life, Bill and Mary took great joy in witnessing the performances and accomplishments of their 5 children, 8 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. Tirelessly, they traveled to countless sporting events, recitals, choir concerts, band and orchestra concerts, football marching band shows, theater productions, and other school activities. Bill and Mary took great delight in cheering for their ever growing family. His children and grandchildren, in turn, took great joy in performing for Mom and Dad and came to affectionately refer to Bill as “Pops”.

Bill was a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod his entire adult life and had a deep and passionate faith that allowed him to look forward to his final days confident he would be called to share eternal life with his Lord and with all fellow believers.

Bill was proceeded in death by his parents: Raymond and Margaret Becker, his sisters Gladys, Shirley, and Bonny, his brothers Royal and Raymond Jr, and daughter-in-law Jill. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Mary Ellen Massey, sister Dorothy (Bob) Gerholz, sister-in-law Marie Massey, and by his children: William (Gail), Jeff (Nita), Diane (Robert) Hunt, Steven, and Brad (Alaine), 8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends for visitation on Wednesday October 17 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at St. Johns Lutheran Church in St. Johns Michigan. A Christian funeral service will be held at the church on Thursday, October 18 at 11:00 a.m. There will be a private internment service for family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the St. Johns Lutheran Enrichment Fund or to Mother Teresa House in Bill’s name.