Max Gary Massey Sr., 81, of Kinmundy, formerly of Newton, passed away at 11:58 a.m. Monday, April 28, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Meyer Funeral Home (formerly Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home) in Newton, with Josh Conley officiating. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Newton, with full military rites. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, May 2, at the funeral home in Newton. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at www.meyerfh.com.
Max was born on Jan. 28, 1933, in Newton, the son of Eldon Gene and Josephine (Rauch) Massey. He married Joan Gaede on June 27, 1951, in Newton, and she preceded him in death on June 11, 1991. He later married Lulu Belle (Craig) Hunter on July 10, 1993, in Newton, and she survives. Max was a graduate of Newton Community High School where he played football for the Newton Eagles. Max owned and operated Ambraw Valley Eggs in Newton, and owned Old Mill Inn in Newton with his son Max Massey Jr. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Max was a member of St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Newton, American Legion, VFW and the Moose Lodge. He enjoyed dancing and going to auctions.
Max is survived by his wife of 20 years, Lulu Belle Massey of Kinmundy; 16 children, Lynn (Butch) Tolliver of Olney, Max (Jeanie) Massey of Pearland, Texas, Cimaron Lee and friend of Austin, Indiana, Mark (Sue) Massey Sr. of St. Elmo, Mike (Laura Jo) Massey Jr. of Beecher City, Melody (Marcelo) Aillon of Pearland, Texas; Matt (Kathleen) Massey of La Homa, Oklahoma, Mea (Oscar) Guajardo of Pahrump, Nevada, Mia Pettyjohn of North Vernon, Indiana, Ron (Debbie) Hunter of Sandoval, Dwayne (special friend Susie) Hunter of Odin, Brad (Patty) Hunter of Alma, Greg (Kathy) Hunter of Iuka, Pam Kleiboeker of Alma, Carla (Brad) Williams of Iuka, and Tania (special friend Bob) Davidson of Kinmundy; four grandchildren who spent a majority of time with him, Vanessa Coleman, Kristina Coleman, Dakota Hatfill and Ashley Hatfill, all of Kinmundy; and numerous other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren also survive; brothers, Keith (Marilyn) Massey of Deboise, Indiana, and Bob (Lois) Massey of Newton; sisters, Rita (Don) Koontz of Newton, Mary Kerner of Ypsilanti, Michigan, and Carolyn (Gib) Woods of Newton.
Max was preceded in death by his parents, wife Joan; brothers, Patrick and Jerry Massey.
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