Joab (Joe) Haskell Massey, 82, of Cedar Vale, passed away Monday, April 19, 2021 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Private family graveside services have been held. Pallbearers were Ryan Edmundson, Nick Wolfe, Colton Massey, Parker Massey and Garrett Green.

The family has suggested memorials to Hewins Park in Cedar Vale. Memorials can be left in care of Dickens Family Funeral Home, 209 N. Douglas, Sedan, KS 67361.

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Dickens Family Funeral Home in Sedan is in charge of arrangements.

He was born July 5, 1938, in Winfield, to Lyle W. Massey and Thelma (Houser) Massey-Defore. He graduated from Dexter High School. After high school, Joe enlisted in the National Guard and served for several years.

He married Judith “Judi” Marie Marker on April 18, 1958 in Dexter. They lived near Cedar Vale their entire married life.

Joe worked for the railroad for seven years, as well as hauled Mobil gas. He also worked as a cattle rancher and farmer for more than 60 years. Judi preceded him in death on July 17, 2000.

He was a past member of the USD 285 Board of Education in Cedar Vale, and was a past member of Lion’s Club and the Co-op Exchange. He enjoyed hunting, dancing, working, playing horseshoes and cards. He also enjoyed collecting all kinds of artifacts.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Judi; one brother; and two sisters.

He is survived by three daughters, Beth Wolfe and husband, Leonard, of Frankfort, Sherri Edmundson and husband, Stacey, of Marysville, and Vivian Shaw and husband, Rodney, of Sedan; one son, Todd Massey and wife, Peggy, of Cedar Vale; four brothers, Bob Massey, of Dexter, Jack Massey, of Dexter, Lyle Massey, of Winfield, and Dan Defore, of Winfield; one sister, Debbie Bauer, of Wichita; 16 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and many other family and friends.

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