Richard A. Massingill

Richard A. Massingill
Richard A. Massingill of Otsego, Michigan (formerly of Livonia) passed away Thursday, June 25, 2009 in Kalamazoo. Mr. Massingill was born August 31, 1922 in South Bend, IN the son of Harry and Lucille (Breysacher) Massingill. Richard received a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and Master’s and Specialist Degrees from the University of Michigan. He was the Principal at Warren Valley Elementary in Dearborn Heights, then Baldwin and Quarton Elementary Schools in Birmingham, retiring in 1984. Richard was an Army Air Corps Veteran of WW II and decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross, past Commander of the Myron Beals American Legion Post in Livonia and Service Officer for VFW Post #3030, Otsego. He was a member of Colonial Chapter #187 Mason Lodge and a past High Priest of the Knights Templar. Richard was a sports enthusiast and loved to bowl, golf, play softball and darts. On June 29, 1946 in South Bend, he married Jean Valentine Roberts, who preceded him in death in 2003. Also preceding him in death were 3 brothers, Harry, Bob and Don. Surviving are 1 son and 2 daughters, Dennis (Sandra) Massingill of Otsego, Betty Wiseman of Wichita Falls, TX, Jane (Fred) Palmer of Plymouth; 9 grandchildren, Drew and Jeff Massingill, Angela Beck, Lisa (Russ) Filkins, Adam, Alex and Abbey Nixon, Sarah and John Palmer; 1 great granddaughter, Chelsea Hoffa. Friends may meet with his family from 2-4 and 6-8 Tuesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. at the Otsego United Methodist Church, Pastor Joe Shaler officiating. Interment will be at Parkview Memorial Cemetery, Livonia. Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW National Home for Children, 3573 S. Waverly Rd., Eaton Rapids, MI 48827
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