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Gerald Lawrence Massie, Newport News, VA

Gerald Lawrence Massie, age 83, went to join his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, Veteran's Day, with loving family by his side. Jerry was born in Duluth, Minnesota on October 5, 1931. He was a long time resident of Yuba City, California. Jerry relocated to Virginia in 2005 to be with his daughter and family where he spent the last nine years of his life.

Jerry was an amazing father, grandfather, husband, co-worker and friend. He spent his life building a legacy of love and respect for all who knew and loved him to carry on for future generations. His dedication to his family was unparalleled. He served his country proudly for 24 years in the United States Air Force, where he fell in love with the SR-71 Blackbird. He retired from Beale Air Force Base, California in 1975. Upon his retirement he attended Yuba College, Marysville, California, where he attained a degree in nursing (LVN). Jerry retired from Rideout Memorial Hospital where he was an ER nurse for 18 years, but continued his nursing career as a home health nurse for several years thereafter. He never met a stranger and most of the people he worked with considered him as family.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Alice Massie; his son, Kyle Anthony Massie; and his two brothers, Richard Massie and Bill Massie.

Jerry is survived by his nine children; Teri White (Dale), Susan Straface (Pete), Larry Lydon (Valerie), Ken Massie, Shawn Massie, Kathleen Massie, Dave Kohanski, Cindy King (Rodney) and Kelly Cook (Carl), and his grandson, Jason Lydon (Amy) who was more of a son than a grandson to Jerry. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Eleanor Massie; and a large extended family.

Jerry will always be remembered as a kind, gentle and beautiful soul who always put the needs of others before himself. He will truly be missed.

Services and burial with military honors will take place at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington D.C.

Please leave condolences at www.wjsmithandsonfh.com.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Nov. 18, 2014
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