Mitch went home to begin his heavenly life August 16, 2021. He was born on September 9, 1959, to Harold and Joyce Massey in Lawrence, Kansas.
Mitch graduated from Eudora High School in 1977. Mitch met the love of his life, Cathy Schanowski, in the mountains of Colorado, working at a summer camp for boys and girls. He married Cathy on August 8, 1987. After they married they resided in Lawrence, raising their two children, David and Lauren.
Growing up, Mitch was an avid Cub Scout and Boy Scout. He enjoyed many campouts at Camp Naish in Bonner Springs. He formed a great work ethic that he learned from his father. His first job as a teen was at Howard’s Super Saver in Eudora. He worked at various jobs over the years, with his last job being at the City of Lawrence, where he retired earlier this year. Throughout his lifetime, Mitch exhibited leadership, dependability, and integrity in the workplace and it was well respected.
Mitch will always be remembered for his sense of humor. His magnetic smile and ability to light up a room with laughter, will be greatly missed by all those who love him. His kids were his pride and joy and he would stop at nothing to support them. One of his greatest joys was learning the game of softball with his daughter, Lauren, and following her from an elementary age through college-level play.
Mitch is survived by his wife, Cathy, son, David, daughter, Lauren, mother, Joyce, sister, Shari, and many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold, maternal grandparents, Francis and Betha McConkey, and paternal grandparents, Lester and Eula Massey.
Visitation will be on Friday, August 20th, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home in Lawrence. Funeral services will be on Saturday, August 21st at 1:00pm at Rev City Church in Lawrence. Graveside service will follow at Eudora City Cemetery.
Messages & Condolences
Cathy and family:
So very sorry for your loss. May Mitch’s memory be a blessing for all of you.
So sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your family.
We were so saddened to hear of Mitch’s passing. We are keeping all of you in our prayers.
To Joyce and family I am so sorry for your loss. Will keep you in my prayers 🙏
I’m sending my deepest condolences. Mitch was an amazing guy, one of a kind, and his smile was so contagious! He was so proud of David and Lauren and loved to share their accomplishments. What a blessing he was to so many and he will be missed greatly. Prayers for comfort during this time of sorrow.
So sorry to hear of Mitch’s passing. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Joyce, Cathy, Shari, David and Lauren i am so sorry. I certainly feel your pain. Mitch was such a neat guy. Always smiling! My deepest sympathy!
Cathy, Joyce, Family
We were saddened and shocked to hear of Mitch’s passing. Craig has great memories of him as a student. A verse that helps us is Matthew 5:4; “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Praying that those around you can bring you that comfort. Wishing you comfort and peace.
What a loss for everyone that knew him. That smile was always on his face. He loved his family,
parents and sister and all extended family. May God hold you all in his hand and give you peace ,comfort and strength.
Thoughts and prayers to Mitch’s family. What a great guy.. Always had a smile. With Sympathy, Jeanette & Trig
Shari I am so sorry to hear about this, my thoughts and prayers to his family and yours
Joyce and family, We are so sorry to hear that Mitch passed. We will hold you all in our prayers.
Cathy and family, my deepest condolences. Mitch was always so fun and funny to be around. Like getting him started on O Brother or Andy Griffith… you’d no doubt get a story! Truly a great guy. I will cherish my memories, may he Rest In Peace.
Cathy, Lauren & David,
I would like to send my most deepest condolences to you all. I’m so sorry for your loss. I know he was an amazing husband & father to you all, and he will be greatly missed. I will continue to lift you up in prayer in this difficult time. May God give you strength & peace. Hugs to you all.
So sorry for your loss. Mitch was a great man who was an amazing friend to our family. Always unassuming and humble. He will be greatly missed but forever in our hearts. We will be thinking of Cathy, David, and Lauren. Lots of love, the Slemp’s (Deon, Linda, Dara and Kyra).
My heart is with you all. Cathy just know I’m always here for you.
Hugs and prayers to all.
Please know you and your family are in my prayers. Sorry for your loss.
Cathy and family I am sorry for your loss. I worked with Mitch at API and really enjoyed his humor and personality. He will always be in my memory. May he rest in peace.
Joyce and Shari, so very sorry to read this about Mitch. My thoughts and prayers are with you
Cathy & family – Very sorry to hear of your loss. May there be some comfort in knowing he is at rest and without pain or discomfort now. Sending you all the peace and strength possible.
Cathy, David, Lauren, and Joyce, Jody and I are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Mitch was a great guy and good friend, we’ve shared a lot of laughs thru the years. He will be missed by all that knew him. Let it give you peace that his family was his greatest joy.
Cathy, so sorry to hear about your loss. Love & peace going out to you, David and Lauren, and may your faith get you through this time.
Joyce I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your Son. Losing a child brings excruciating pain so just know I’ll keep you in my prayers in the days and weeks ahead. May the Lord give you peace and comfort through this time.
Cathy, May you and your family find peace and strength during this time
We are sorry to hear of the loss of Mitch. You are all in our thoughts and prayers .The Breithaupt families
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