Louis Joe Massaglia, 92, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at Highlands Assisted Living facility in Bella Vista, Ark.
He was born May 19, 1925, in Pittsburg to Michael August and Mary Velia Massaglia. He was a 1942 graduate of Pittsburg High School.
He married Billie Nadean Martin on Feb. 10, 1945. She preceded him in death. He was manger of the J.C. Penney Co. in Oakley, York, Neb., Hays and Independence, Mo., for 35 years. Upon retiring from the company in 1980, they opened the M&M Gift Shoppe in Bentonville, Ark., which they operated for 13 years until 1993.
He was active in many civic/service clubs and Chamber of Commerce organizations, several in which he served as president. He served in various churches of the communities in which they resided. He was a member of Bella Vista Community Church, worshiping there for more than 30 year serving in various capacities including chairing the Memorial Committee.
He enjoyed in his youth playing lead trumpet professionally in two bands during the Big Band Era. Throughout his life, music and dancing were amongst his greatest joys and hobbies often quoting “life isn’t worth living if you aren’t having fun.” In 1984, they organized, planned and hosted the first M&M Gift Shoppe Family Gathering, which became known as The Tourney. They continued to plan and host the event, which had an average attendance of 50 family members, until 2012 when he moved to the Brookfield Assisted Living Center. The Tourney lives on and celebrated its 33rd consecutive year last July. He enjoyed spending time with his wife, sons, daughters-in-law, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include three sons, Michael and wife, Vivian, Bella Vista, Mark and wife, Amy, Windsor, Conn., and Matthew, Hays; a daughter-in-law, Kay, Royersford, Pa.; 12 grandchildren, Amy, Todd, Tony, Anne, Emily, Natalie, Lucas, Michael, Troy, Max, Steven and Brina; and 16 great-grandchildren, Adrian, Anthony, Alexander, Erin, Elizabeth, Hannah, Jacksen, Julian, Katie, Louis, Michael August III, Miles, Myra, Oliver, Shelby and Sophie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Leonard; a son, Martin Louis; and a daughter-in-law, Jacqueline Darlene.
Private services will be at a later date.