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James Massey

James DeWayne Massey Sr.

Friday, August 10th, 1928 - Wednesday, August 12th, 2020
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James DeWayne Massey, Sr. passed away Wednesday, August 12th at Scottsbluff at the age of 92. A family burial will take place on Saturday, August 15, 2020 with a memorial service to be held on Wednesday, September 16th. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim’s memory to the First United Methodist Church music fund or the Regional West Medical Center Foundation.

Jim was born in Broken Bow, Nebraska on August 10, 1928, the son of John Moore and Iva Pearl (Richardson) Massey. He attended school at Grand Island graduating with the class of 1946. He played basketball and was the drum major of the Grand Island High School marching band. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and spent time in the Mediterranean Sea. He received WWII victory and occupation medals. He attended Hastings College and the University of Nebraska where he was affiliated with Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

He married Dorothy (Elliott) at the First United Methodist Church in Scottsbluff on July 12, 1953. He began working in the insurance business in 1953 and became President/Owner of the J. G. Elliott Insurance Company until he sold the business to his son John in 1994. He was also a real-estate broker and a certified appraiser. He was a bank director for Scottsbluff National Bank and Trust Company from 1976-1996 when he joined the board of Platte Valley Companies.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Elks, the Masonic Lodge, the American Legion and the VFW. He was either president or chairman of the board of directors of the following organizations: Rotary, West Nebraska General Hospital Board of Directors, West Nebraska General Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, Community Chest, United Way, Scottsbluff School Board, County Young Republicans, Junior Chamber of Commerce, Scottsbluff/Gering Payroll Development, and the YMCA. He was a Nebraska Diplomat, and an Ak-Sar-Ben Ambassador. He served the University of Nebraska in several capacities including the Board of Directors of Nebraska Health Services, the University of Nebraska Alumni Association executive committee, the University of Nebraska Medical Center Board of Counselors, the University of Nebraska Foundation board, and the University of Nebraska President’s Advisory Council. He enjoyed traveling, golf, collecting western art, fishing, hunting, and watching the activities of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy in March 2020. Jim and Dorothy have three children all of Scottsbluff; Jim Jr (Barbie), John (Megan), and Sandy and four grandsons, Trevor (Leah), Jack, Ryan (Katlyn), and Jake; and great grandchildren Liam, Elliott, Blake and Tennasyn. Other survivors include his brother Roger (Carolyn) of Lincoln, his brother in law Ted Westervelt of Scottsbluff, and Dallas (Paul) Snyder as well as many loved nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, his brother R. L. (Jean), her sisters-in law Betty (Al) Metcalf, Katy (Roy) Yaley, and Jean Westervelt.
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In honor of Jim and Dorothy, we send our love and condolences to the entire Massey Family. Greg and Teresa Ibach
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John Massey and family, On behalf of the entire UNL community, our thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate your father's life.
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John, Jim and Sandy,

Was sad to hear of you father’s passing. He lived a long and prosperous life with a loving family. That’s all that’s needed in life!!!!

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Gene and Mari

Posted at 01:46pm
Massey family,
Our condolences to all of the Massey family in the passing of your father and grandfather. Your are in our thoughts and prayers. May beautiful memories keep him close in your hearts. May he rest in peace. God bless, Gene and Mari Schwarzkopf
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Posted at 05:08pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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