June 3, 1929 – January 3, 2021
John Massoni, a resident of Killeen Texas for 55 years, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, January 3, 2021, at the age of 91. He was born on June 3,1929, in Baltimore, Maryland to Liborio Massoni and Ella Chetnik. John lived an interesting life. He lied about his age to join the Army and spent nearly twenty-two years serving his country. At the start of his military career, he took a brief hiatus to journey up to Bakersfield/Red Mountain, California, with some army friends hoping to strike it rich in the gold mines. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, and John quickly headed home to re-enlist back in the army. He told incredible stories about his prospecting days and how he should have stayed longer in California as a short while after he left, a local friend hit gold! While stationed in Japan, John met his wife, Nobuko, and they married in 1953; welcomed a son, George, in 1954 and eventually settled in Killeen. John’s military career included one tour in Korea and two tours in Vietnam. He received several medals during his time in the service and retired from the Army in 1971 with the rank of Sergeant First Class. Soon after retiring from the military, John became a car salesman in Killeen, and remained a part of that industry until he retired in 2018. He truly enjoyed the job and the people he met along the way. John didn’t have many hobbies, but his favorite pastime was hanging out with his best friend, Ralph, at the Pizza Palace in Killeen. He never missed going there a few nights a week to watch Wheel of Fortune, chat with his friends, and drink two beers. John is survived by his wife of 67 years, Nobuko; his son, George Massoni (Wanda); and his granddaughter, Katrina Massoni (Marvin Sackin). He was preceded in death by his father, Liborio Massoni; his mother, Ella Massoni; and his brother, Frank Massoni. The family would like to express their gratitude to the wonderful staff at Heart of Texas Hospice. Services will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, January 14th, at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.crawfordbowersfuneralhome.com for the Massoni family.
Graveside Service with Military Honors
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Marvin Victor Sackin
January 11, 2021
I sure am going to miss Grandpa John. He sure was a character, and he loved whenever we visited to have George and I sit at the kitchen table with him, while Katrina and Wanda sat with Grandma in the living room, with the dogs running around. Whether it was SnoBoy the gentleman, or SheShe or now Kiki who is the most recent puppy running everyone ragged. John was always wanting everything to be in its place. I loved hearing stories about his gold-mining days in California, or different fellas he served with in the Army, and who was a good guy, and who was a tough customer. Even if he repeated them, I loved to hear them, like a good joke, it doesn't matter how times it was told, it was the act of sharing the time together, and knowing that he was taking me and anyone listening back to a time and place that had an impact on his life. And I was always glad to hear his stories, and to spend time with him. He had a good heart, and he was a member of a family that I shall always love dearly.
January 10, 2021
John was quite a card! He was always fun to be around and very loyal to his friends! When I first met John it was 1978 on Gray and 190 where Bay Long Toyota used to be. John knew all the prices at the PX and Commissary, it was incredible! He was a walking talking catalogue. You will be missed, especially that grin. RIP my friend and have a ball in heaven!!