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John Hall Massey

September 9, 1922 December 21, 2020
John Hall Massey
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JOHN HALL MASSEY, 98, of Allure of Prophetstown, died Monday, December 21, 2020 at Allure.

There will be a public graveside service at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at the Riverside Cemetery in Prophetstown, co officiated by Rev. Cal Haines, Jr. - pastor, and Rev. Ryan Sutton - former pastor, of the United Methodist Church in Morrison, IL. The Bosma-Gibson Funeral Home in Prophetstown is in charge of arrangements. A memorial to Boy Scout Troop #96 – Morrison, IL, has been established.

John was born September 9, 1922 in Lyndon, IL, to John James and Mary (Hall) Massey. He attended the rural Whiteside County schools of South Clyde and Bunker Hill. In his youth John was a 4-H member, a Boy Scout and a Rural Youth member. He married Edith Ellen Anderson on October 20, 1946 at the Prophetstown United Methodist Church. John was first employed by the CB&2 Railroad, and then he farmed in the Prophetstown, Cordova and Morrison areas from 1946 – 1960. He later worked for 28 years as the custodian at Northside Elementary School in Morrison. He also served as the custodian for 44 years at the Morrison United Methodist Church. He was a member of that church and served as a Sunday school teacher and superintendant. He was involved with a number of church committees, including the administrative council, mission committee, financial committee, memorials committee, and oversaw the parking lot committee and the building committee in 1965 & 1975. John was a lay member of the Northern IL Conference for 30 years, and then was a Boy Scout leader of Troop 93 for 15 years. He was also a member of the Whiteside County Farm Bureau, and a former member of the Clinton, IA Moose Lodge and Resthave Retirement Home Board.

John’s first love was his family; he loved raising his children and watching his grand and great grandchildren grow up. His second love was farming; he enjoyed animals and growing things. His yard was a testimony to that, with a well maintained home and lawn accented by beautiful flowers. He enjoyed the Boy Scout activities and camping and was well traveled. He and Edith had visited all 50 states and all the Canadian provinces, except for Newfoundland. They had also visited the European countries of Switzerland, Germany and Lichtenstein.

Survivors include his wife Edith; one daughter, Cynthia Sue (Larry) Tessendorf of Chadwick, IL; one son, Gary John (Bonnie) Massey of Rockford, IL; three grandchildren, John Edwin (Teri Tuner) Tessendorf, Kevin Wayne (Nicole) Tessendorf and Lisa Marie (Joshua) Zimmerman; four great granddaughters, Abigail Jean, Sydni Paige and Scarlett Rose Tessendorf, and Emery Grace Zimmerman. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by three sisters, Loretta Wilson, Pauline Glazier and Mary Lou Wilson; two brothers, Walter and Donald Massey; two nieces and two nephews.

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Graveside

Tuesday

29

Dec

1:00 PM 12/29/2020 1:00:00 PM
Riverside Cemetery

300 E. 3rd Street
Prophetstown, IL 61277

Riverside Cemetery
300 E. 3rd Street Prophetstown 61277 IL
United States

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Riverside Cemetery Final Resting Place

300 E. 3rd Street
Prophetstown, IL 61277

300 E. 3rd Street Prophetstown 61277 IL
United States
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