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Billy Ned Massenburg Sr.

DENISON – Bill Massenburg, Sr., 84, passed away Monday, June 10, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.

Mr. Massenburg was born Sept. 17, 1928 in Paris, the son of Ben Ballard, Sr. and Jessie Findley Massenburg. Bill served as a corporal in the U.S. Army from 1946-48, and served with the 43rd Combat Engineers in the Occupation Forces of Japan, receiving the World War II and Army of Occupation Medals. He returned home and graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in May 1951.

His working career began with the U.S. Post Office, followed by Johns Manville and Pillsbury, then went to work as an Industrial Engineer with Webber Aircraft. After retirement from Webber, he was a locksmith in Grayson County for over 30 years until his recent health issues.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Lee Terry Massenburg; children, Bill Massenburg, Jr. and wife Susan of Denison, Diane Scott and husband Bill of Highland Village, Leanne Clubb and husband Rick of Denison, Kyle Massenburg and wife Debbie of Henderson, Nev.; stepchildren, Roy Terry and wife Dawna of Denison, Lonnie Terry of Denison, Chuck Terry and wife Betty of Sherman; sister, Betty Ann Funk and husband Doc of Owensboro, Ky.; grandchildren, Bryan Massenburg, Johnny Adams, Jennifer Adams, Chris McKee, Cheyenne McKee, Caleb Clubb, Kyla Massenburg, Keith Massenburg, Candace Terry, Skylar Terry, Cassie Werner;11 great-grandchildren; special cousins, Robert (Bobby) Noe and Durelle Lillie, and a host of other relatives too numerous to mention. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Ben B. Massenburg Jr.

Not only was Bill a devoted husband to Lee, but a wonderful father, stepfather and grandfather. He loved water skiing and taught all of his children and grandchildren to ski. Bill was a lifetime member of the VFW Lakesite and American Legion.

Bill was always generous, even in death, donating his body to science. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Denison. A memorial service will be held at a later date. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Published in The Herald Democrat on June 16, 2013
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