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 Garth Massey

Garth Massey

Birth
Vernal, Uintah County, Utah, USA
Death 8 Apr 2008 (aged 86)
Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana, USA
Burial Livingston, Park County, Montana, USA
Memorial ID 59089494 · View Source
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Tech Sergeant Garth Massey
Radio Operator - Gunner
10th Air Force / 7th Bombardment Group (H) / 493rd Bombardment Squadron
China-Burma-India Theater
Enlisted 21 Aug 42, Separated 11 Oct 45
Joined 493rd Bomb Squadron 6 Aug 43
Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross & Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster

Livingston Enterprise - Thursday, April 10, 2002

Longtime Livingston resident, Garth Massey, passed away on April 8, 2008. Garth was born on November 28, 1921 to John and Gladys Masey. He lived most of his childhood in Maeser, Utah, a place that held many warm memories. Garth frequently regaled family and friends with tales of living and working on his uncle's ranch.

A member of America's Greatest Generation, Garth served as a B-24 radio operator and gunner in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. He and his crew flew missions "over the hump" from India to China time and again. Garth was awarded three medals for his military service: the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal (with an oak leaf cluster), The Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), and The Good Conduct Medal.

After completing his military service, Garth married Betty Ferron in 1945. Garth worked many jobs in the early years of their marriage, including the oil fields in Wyoming, before settling in Livingston, where he worked for the Northern Pacific and Burlington Northern Railroads until his retirement.

Garth will be greatly missed by all who came to know him. He never met a stranger, and his smile, sense of humor, and enjoyment for life were infectious. Garth loved being outdoors. One of his greatest joys was tending to his lawn and flower beds. Garth enjoyed fishing as well, whether he had his sights set on trout in the Yellowstone River or sea bass and flounder the waters off the coast of Texas. When unable to get outdoors, Garth was always ready to play a game of marbles or pinochle with his kids and grandkids. More recently, Garth kept himself busy by working on jigsaw puzzles and meeting new friends in Billings.

Garth was preceded in death by his parents, brothers John and Norville, and sister Leah.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty and their four children; siblings, Eula, Reyma, Enid, Sybil and Laurel; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Contributor:
Caroline - caroline_billingsley@yahoo.com


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  • Maintained by: Sharon Rich Pohlman
  • Originally Created by: Jim Harrison
  • Added: 23 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 59089494
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Garth Massey (28 Nov 1921–8 Apr 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 59089494, citing Park View Memorial Gardens, Livingston, Park County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Sharon Rich Pohlman (contributor 47701969) .