William Morris Massey

07/28/1934 — 02/13/2010

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Goodletsville, TN

William Morris Massey

William M Massey 75 passed away Feb 13, 2010 in Richland, WA.

Bill was born July 28, 1934 Goodletsville, TN to James and Edna Massey. They moved to Richland in 1944. He attended local elementary schools and graduated RHS in 1954. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Marines to proudly serve his country in the Korean War. It was at this time that he married his high school sweetheart, Carol Horstman.

Upon honorable discharge from the USMC, Bill went to work for Westinghouse. Throughout his life, he and Carol enjoyed camping and fishing all throughout Washington and Oregon. Bill also enjoyed 15 yrs as a member of the Benton City Hoe Downers Square Dancing club.

In the late 70's Bill embarked on a new adventure. He wanted to be his own boss, so he became owner of a Western Auto Store in Tillamook, OR. From there, they moved to Las Vegas and enjoyed 10 years of bright lights and big city.

In 1990, they moved back to the Tri Cities to be near family. Bill went to work for PNNL in the Security Dept. and then move into the Purchasing Dept; he later retired in 1995 and managed an apartment complex in Richland, WA.

Bill is survived by wife Carol of 54 years, son Jerry Massey Sheri Conner and daughter Cheri Thomas Ron. Grandchildren, Josh Massey Ariel, Jason Brown Becky, Jared Thomas Marie, Ray Thomas Jodi, Hope Massey, Tara-Lee Thomas, Shane Brown & Jordon Massey. He is also survived by his sisters, Mary Holloway Larry and Linda Cornwell Kim. Bill was also blessed with 7 great-grandchildren - Joni, Kaila, Amber, Trac, Liam, Carissa & Reid

Bill is preceded in death by his parents, James and Edna Massey and brother James.

Friends and extended family are welcome to attend a Memorial service at Richland Lutheran Church on Sunday, Feb 21 at 2:00 with a reception immediately following.

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  • My condolences to Carol & family. Morris was a “quiet” man, but was so active in our mutual square dancing days. May we all meet in one Big Grand Square one day. God Bless you.

    Squaringly, Bob

    Bob Bush
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • My condolences to Aunt Carol, Jerry & Cheri. Uncle Morris will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are for ALL of you. Love, Theresa

    Theresa Horstman
    November 4, 2014
    Braintree, MA, US
  • A great brother-in-law that will be missed in many ways. Never had much time to get to know Morris but I enjoyed the times we spent together. He gave his sister to me at our wedding I for one loved him for doing so. Life is too short and we never know when we will be called so the time we spend on this earth should always be enjoyable and with the ones we care about. God bless Morris, his wife Carol and all his family and may they always know the love of God.

    Larry W. Holloway
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • Mary and Family…I thought so much of your brother. I so enjoyed visiting with him when he came in the bank…My prayers and thoughts are with you.

    Judy Boggs Carlson
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US