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Dwight Massoney Obituary
April 6, 1917 ~ July 17, 2013
Dwight F Massoney (96) passed away July 17, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah of natural causes.
Dwight was born in Chicago, IL on April 6, 1917 (the same day the United States formally declared war against Germany and entered The Great War, World War I). Dwight's family lived in the Logan Square neighborhood on the north side of Chicago where Dwight attended Brentano Elementary then later Lane Tech High School. As the great depression descended upon the world, Dwight , his family and friends turned to the simple pleasures of life, swimming in Lake Michigan, dancing to the music of the Swing Era at the beautiful Aragon Ballroom, ice skating at the parks and singing . To his dying day Dwight knew all the lyrics to all the popular songs of the day.
Dwight's first job, as a little boy, was delivering groceries around the neighborhood for a dime. Next he worked for Bell & Howell as the mail boy. Then he started working for Illinois Tool Works (ITW) as a salesman. Just as his career was beginning, World War II began. In 1944 Dwight joined the Naval Services and served in the 32nd Special Battalion of the Seabees. The battalion arrived at Hueneme, CA, Dec 17, 1944. The outfit was stationed there until Feb 28, 1945 when it shipped overseas. Disembarking at Samar Philippines, April 8, 1945, the 32nd was still stationed in the Leyte Samar area at the war's end. The unit then shipped to China in two sections.
Dwight returned to Chicago and to Shakeproof, a division of Illinois Tool Works. His territory was Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky. In 1947, while in Dayton, OH he met and married Edith Baker. They had two daughters, Debra Lynn and Karen Michele. He continued his career with ITW but with another division, Fastex, beginning to focus on plastics. In 1965 the family moved to Rockford, IL, where Dwight began working for Camcar Corporation, a division of Textron, as Product Manager. In 1975, Dwight was awarded two patents for designing a push type threaded fastener (self-tapping screw for use in plastics).
Dwight was proceeded in death by his beloved grandmother, Marie-Claire Thuriot, his mother and father Frank and Delphine Massoney, his sister June (Jack Toemmel ) and his wife Edith.
He is survived by his daughters Debra Lynn (Bob Pangrazi) and Karen Michele (David Chambers), granddaughter Carson Mae Chambers, sister-in-law Lucille Ballou, his nephew Richard Ballou, niece Sharon Dodds, and three Thuriot cousins, Grace Richtmyre, Mabel Gornick and Irene Roselle.
The family sends their deepest gratitude to the staff and residents of Parklane Senior Apartments who provided Dwight a loving home for almost ten years.
We also thank Dr Fred Gottlieb and Medical Assistant Tammy Nilsson at Salt Lake Senior Clinic and Gloria CNA's at the Parklane for their loving care of Dwight.
Online condolences may be shared at www.evans-earlymortuary.com.

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Published in Salt Lake Tribune on July 28, 2013
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