James L. Massey, 87, of Lancaster, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2017, at his home. He was born on December 10, 1930, in New Albany, Indiana, to the late Charles and Mildred Massey. He was a Korean Conflict veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy as a submariner. James was an engineer at Sieco Inc. in Columbus, Indiana, and later worked for RLM Engineers as a consultant. He attended First Presbyterian Church and Fairfield Christian Church, both in Lancaster, Ohio, New Albany VFW Post 3281 and served on the Lancaster Board of Health. He was active in the Prostrate Support Group, founded the Ostomy Support Group, walked in the Relay for Life, was an avid euchre player, raised honey bees and baked homemade bread every day.
James was an avid turkey hunter, vegetable gardener and participated in a variety of church dramas at Fairfield Christian Church. He really enjoyed his trip on the Honor Flight in 2015. James enjoyed people and loved to help people when he could.
He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Betty Massey; children, Frank (Jackie Mellis) of Greensburg, Indiana, Cindy Massey and Cheryl (Les Burton), all of Columbus, Indiana; grandchildren, Lindsey (Jake) Mundy, Dustin (Hannah Fountain) Morgeson, Melissa (Ryan)Perdue and Cindy (Rob) Morrison; great-grandchildren, Samantha Perdue, Parker Perdue, Robert Morrison, Charlotte Morrison, and Sadie Holler; Betty’s children, Bonnie (Brian) Nicklaus of Groveport, Ohio, Brian Bennett of Dublin, Ohio, and Beth (Joe) Vosler of Westerville, Ohio; Betty’s four grandchildren and one great-grandson.
James was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral service will be held Friday, January 5, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Seabrook-Dieckmann and Neville Funeral Home, 1846 E. Oak St., New Albany, IN 47150, with burial to follow in Wolfe Cemetery. Friends may visit one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Friday. Friends may visit Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Frank E. Smith Funeral Home, 405 N. Columbus St., Lancaster, OH 43130.
Memorial gifts may be given to Honor Flight Inc., 175 South Tuttle Road, Springfield, OH 45505.
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