Billy Masten

Obituary of Billy Albert Masten

Billy Albert Masten was born on October 31, 1929 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  He was one of four children born from the late Leslie Masten and the late Lucy (French) Masten.  Billy was a 1946 graduate of Milan High School.  He was the owner and operator of Masten’s General Store in Cone, Michigan for thirty-two years, retiring in 1991. He received his spiritual nourishment as a lifelong member of Azalia Methodist Church. 

With a gentle and easy-going spirit, Billy was a friend to many letting all know how he was doing, “just right.”   He appreciated the outdoors in his vegetable garden and his many trips in the “Blue Goose” up north to go hunting and fishing.  Billy was a lifetime member of the Tri-County Sportsmen’s League in Saline and a member of the Dundee Hunt Club.  He was quite the talented woodworker and enjoyed square dancing and polka.  Family was utmost important to Billy; cherishing every possible moment with them and beamed with every hug he received from his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In his quiet time, Billy could be found reading his bible or one of his collected National Geographic magazines. 

Billy Albert Masten, age 90, of Monroe passed away at 2:40am on Saturday, July 4, 2020 at Wellspring Lutheran Services. In addition to his parents, he is preceded by his two wives: Betty (1989) and Helen (2009); brother:  John Masten; sister:  Nancy Kimbrell; and a granddaughter:  Mia Bella Vitale. 

To cherish his memory he leaves his children:  Patricia (George) Mabardy of Dundee, Michael (Gayle) of Allen Park, Karen (Harold) Pitcher of Monroe; step-son:  Richard (Suzie) of Dundee; brother: Jim (Janice) Masten; grandchildren:  Amanda (Tony), Kari (Erik), Jason, Robin, Jami and Barri; great grandchildren:  Rocco, Nico, Paige, Reece, Jaden, Carter, Ava, Avery, Karson, Keaton, Kiah, Brady and Ally; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Friends may gather from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at Merkle Funeral Service; 297 Tecumseh Dundee (734)529-3156.  A graveside service will take place on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 11:00am at Maple Grove Cemetery.   

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