Gary L. Massey

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LEBO Gary L. Massey, 68, passed away Saturday, October 23, 2010, at Newman Hospital in Emporia. He was born February 22, 1942, at Alta Vista, the son of John and Hildreth Grove Massey. He graduated from Alta Vista High School in 1960 and earned his Bachelor of Education and Masters of Administration from Kansas State University. Gary started his teaching career in Morrowville and it spanned over 30 years as a principal at Axtell, Northern Heights and Lebo. Gary was an avid hunter, Kansas State fan, a thoughtful, loving father, husband and brother. His love for his family was always apparent, especially when talking about his grandchildren who simply referred to him as Papa. He touched so many peoples lives as a coach, school administrator, hunters safety instructor, church member and friend. Gary was one of the first hunters safety instructor in the area and had been awarded the title of Master Hunting Instructor. In 2000 he became a bow hunting instructor. He was preceded in death by his father John and first wife Sheryl. Survivors include his mother, Hildreth, Dwight; wife, Leoma; three sons and their wives, Lanny and Dawn Massey, Emporia, Brad and Tiffany Massey, Fort Collins, Colorado, and Michael and Christel Massey, Carbondale; two step-daughters and their husbands, Stefanie and Toby Baker and Amanda and Jacob Stice; two sisters, Anna Mae Robidou, Dwight and Alice Schultz, Alta Vista; three brothers, Bob Massey, Topeka, Dean Massey, Derby and Gale Massey, Aurora, Colorado; and nine grandchildren, Paige, Mitchell, Khylee, Darian, Beau, Katie, Kaedin, Jalen and Lillian. Services will be at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, October 27, 2010, at the Twelfth Avenue Baptist Church in Emporia. Interment will be at 2:30 PM, Wednesday, October 27, 2010, at Welcome Cemetery, Welcome, Kansas. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 PM, Tuesday evening at the Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home in Lebo. Memorial contributions can be made to the Kansas Youth Hunting Education or the Lebo Library and sent in care of the funeral home at P O Box 43, Lebo, KS 66856.

Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Oct. 26, 2010
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