Robert Michael "Mike" Massey

1943 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Robert Michael "Mike" Massey Obituary
Robert Michael "Mike" Massey, 70, passed away peacefully at his home Tuesday, Dec. l0, 2013, after a courageous 13-year battle with Parkinson's disease. It was Mike's desire to donate his body to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School for Parkinson's research. Memorial service: 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Christ Chapel Bible Church, 3740 Birchman Ave., Fort Worth, in the Oak Room of the Link Building. Memorials: The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the National Parkinson Foundation at Mike was born in El Paso on Jan. 13, 1943. After his family moved to Fort Worth during his teen years, Mike made a profession of faith in Christ and was baptized at Sagamore Hill Baptist Church. He earned a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1966 and a master's degree in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University in 1982. In 1966, Mike began his 33-year career with Lockheed Martin. He retired in 2000, having made significant contributions to the success of the Tactical Aircraft Systems Flight Simulation Laboratory working especially on the F-111 and F-16 aircraft. Family gatherings were favorite occasions for Mike, especially when they included all seven grandchildren at poolside. He also enjoyed traveling, cooking, film, and collecting memorabilia. Survivors: Mike is survived by Betty, his wife of 46 years; daughter, Jan Lumpkin, and son-in-law, Mike, of Fayetteville, Ark.; daughter, Lyn Pollard and son-in-law, Bryan, of Dallas; and grandchildren, Anna, Elizabeth, Lydia, Ruthie and Jonathan Lumpkin, and Hendon and Merrill Pollard. Mike is also survived by his brother, Gregory Massey, and sister-in-law, Cynthia, of Burleson; niece, Kaitlin Arteaga and her husband, Gabriel, of Dallas; and nephew, Nathan Massey of Burleson.
Published in Star-Telegram on Feb. 9, 2014
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