POLAND, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Alfred K. Massie, Sr., 77, died on November 27, 2021 at St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital.
Alfred, known as “Fred” to his family and friends, was born October 9, 1944 in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of Harold and Elizabeth “Betty” Katona Massie.
A longtime resident of the area, Fred graduated in 1962 from Struthers High School.
After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving aboard the USS Everglades, until he was honorably released in 1968 with the rank of TM3.
Back in his hometown, Fred began his long career as a truck driver. Over the years, Fred has driven for Youngstown Cartage, Transall, Dallas & Mavis and retired from Active USA. He was a member of the Union of Teamsters for 30 years.
Active in the community and his church, Fred was a free and accepted Freemason and a member of the American Legion Post 15 and Grace Fellowship Church in Niles. A man of great faith, Fred loved his Lord and had a servant’s heart for his church. Within the church, he was involved in men’s ministry, group living ministry, assisted in holiday Bible school, attended men’s Bible study, and passed from countless hours working behind the scenes. Fred especially enjoyed helping with the church’s mission project at Camp Anderson Christian Youth Camp in Florida, going to the camp several times to work directly with the children.
A human personality, Fred never met a stranger and easily made friends wherever he went. He was genuinely interested in others and loved to hear their stories. Fred often walked his beloved dog, Gilbert, through his neighborhood in Poland, making many frequent stops to talk to everyone along the way. Generous and gentle in nature, if Fred could, he would help anyone in need. A jack of all trades, Fred knew many things and could fix or solve just about anything! Over the years, he has helped many family, friends, neighbors and strangers with projects and repairs.
Fred’s greatest joy came from being a loving husband, a devoted father and a proud and lovable grandfather to his 22 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, who affectionately called him “Papa Fred”. He never missed the opportunity to attend their extracurricular activities and be their greatest cheerleader.
Besides his mother, Betty Zahn, Fred is survived by his wife, the former Sandra Gething, whom he married on December 29, 1986; ten children, Alfred (Sheila) Massie II, Lori (Jeffrey) Wholf, Stacy (Michael) Tinney, Kevin (Kristen) Massie, Michael (Stephanie) Massie, Aaron (Kristine) Massie, Carli (Michael) Wojciak, Andrea (Robert) Lupton, Daniel Mikkelsen and Dennis (Marcia) Mikkelsen; three siblings, Eugene (Marlene) Massie, Jeffrey (Terry) Massie and Lisa (Chuck) Carson; 22 grandchildren, Stephanie, Krista, Theresa, Jake, Nicole, Jace, Ava, Kyree, Aubree, Kevin, Noah, Addison, Gabrielle, Alexis, Michael, Anna, Keith (Celia), Robert (Amanda), Amyiah, Thomas , Jordan and Taylor (Mike); nine great-grandchildren, Ryker, Aiden, Oliver, June, Aaron, Selah, Gia, Elaina and Sophia.
Fred was predeceased by his father, Harold, and his grandson, Kyle.
Family and friends will be received on Sunday, December 5, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, 270 N. Main St., Poland. A funeral service will be held on Monday, December 6 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Roy Mack as celebrant. Interment will follow at Green Haven Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may take the form of contributions on Fred’s behalf to Grace Fellowship Church, 365 Youngstown-Warren Rd., Niles, Ohio 44446, which will help fund Camp Anderson.
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