THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Joseph M. Massie
Joseph M. "Joe" Massie, 85, of Vancouver, Wa., formerly of Quinnesec, Mi., passed away Saturday, Jan. 28 at his home, with family by his side.
Born Dec. 15, 1931 in Quinnesec, to the late Rufus and Theresa (Ciochetto) Massie, he graduated from Kingsford High School in 1951 and was a lifelong resident of the area. At age 18, he joined the Michigan National Guard and served for 33 years.
He worked at Cleveland Cliffs, working underground at the mine in Ishpeming for five years. In 1959 he worked in the open pit mine at M.A. Hanna Mining Co. in Randville for 22 years, retiring in 1982 when the mine closed.
He married Gloria (Siegrist) Larsen on May 31, 1980 at the United Methodist Church in Quinnesec. A past member of the Golden K and the Jaycees, he loved writing and over a nine year period, wrote the book, "A Quinnesec Kid, His Life and Times", which was published in 2010. He had a deep Christian faith.
An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed gardening, bird watching, woodworking, playing bocce ball, going to the gym, watching sports and traveling to see family in Washington and Florida.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Gloria; two daughters, Ann (Massie) White of Green Bay and Elisabeth (Massie) Scott of Portland, Or.; four sons, Michael Massie of Niagara, Kevin Massie of Green Bay, Kirk Larsen of Camas, Wa. and Clinton Larsen of Orlando, Fla.; a brother, Phil (Janet) Massie of Quinnesec; seven grandchildren; a great-grandchild; two brothers-in-law, Alan and Roger Siegrist; a sister-in-law, Roseann Neuhard and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Gloria Soderberg and RoseMary Cooper.
Visitation will be held at Erickson Rochon and Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain at a future date of Saturday, July 8 from 9 a.m. until time of a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. Rev. James Danielson will officiate with burial in Quinnesec Cemetery. A memorial will be established in his memory.