Bill Massie, 91, of Lakewood, Ohio, and formerly of Put-in-Bay, died Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Wade Park V. A. Hospital, Cleveland.
He was born Jan. 10, 1922, in Columbus, to Clarence and Lottie (Debro) Massie. He married Lois J. Dort on April 6, 1949 and she preceded him in death on Sept. 12, 1998.
He was a U.S. Army veteran serving as a radio operator during World War II receiving a Good Conduct Medal, American Theatre Service Medal, European Theatre Service Medal with two Bronze Stars and a Victory Medal.
He worked at Oliver Corp., Cleveland, where he was a union steward. He then built and operated a successful vacation rental business named East Point Cottages on Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island, in the 1950s and moved to the Island in 1962. He worked and lived on Put-in-Bay until retiring at age 85.
He spent the last four years in the Westerly Apartments, Lakewood, Ohio, participating in many activities including their band.
He was a member of St. Paul Episcopal Church, Put-in-Bay. He served on the Put-in-Bay Village Council for 27 years, served on the Put-in-Bay School Board and he was a member of the Put-in-Bay American Legion. He ran an ice fishing business for a number of years and he drilled many wells on the island in the 50s and 60s. He also ran Massie and Son Lawn Care and he was well known and appreciated for being a self-taught singer, song writer and musician since the age of 12. His band was Cowboy Bill and the Texas Drifters. He also enjoyed writing poetry and was a collector of many things.
Surviving are his daughters, Linda Stietz, of Sandusky, and Cheryl Cupach, of Cleveland; grandsons, David Kesterson, Max Stietz, Stephan Stietz, Paul Cupach Jr., Curtis Cupach and Derek Cupach; great-grandsons, David Kesterson Jr., Michal Kesterson, Maxwell Stietz and Adiel Stietz; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois; son, Curtis W. Massie; and siblings, Darlene Burkett, Delores Fisher, Clarence Massie, Faye Massie, Barbara Towers, and baby Rosemarie.
A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at St. Paul Episcopal Church, Put-in-Bay, with visitation from 3-3:45 p.m. in the church undercroft. Interment services will immediately follow the service in Mapleleaf Cemetery with military honors. Mother Mary L. Staley will officiate. Friends are invited to gather in the church undercroft following the interment services.
Memorial contributions may be given to St. Paul Episcopal Church or your favorite Island charity.
Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home, Port Clinton, is handling arrangements. Condolences may be shared with the family at neideckerleveckcrosser.com.