HEATHSVILLE—Born January 1944, James Arthur Messing, one of 16 children, was born in the farm country of Minden City, Mich. He passed away suddenly October 7, 2018.
Jim led an interesting life. He was a Catholic seminary student from ninth grade through college. In 1968, he joined the Navy. He served his country on land and sea for almost 25 years. After that, he was a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton until retirement. He and his wife, Rosalind, retired to the Northern Neck in 2010.
Jim was always an active member of his church and choir. He was loved by many for his gentle kindness. In retirement, he became a proud oyster gardener, cultivating oysters in the creek behind the house. He loved to cut wood for the fireplace, feed birds and give treats to the neighborhood dogs. His easy going manner was embraced by family and friends alike.
He is survived by his wife, Roz; daughter, Penny; and son, Marcel; grandchildren, Kaden and Taylor; sisters, Bea, Rosy, Rita, Diane, Evelyn, Bernadette and Viola; brothers, Russ, Howard, Dennis and Ernie.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Alma Messing; and brothers, Leroy, Vincent, Patrick and Gerald.
Family will receive guests from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, October 16, at Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock. A Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 17, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Kilmarnock.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.