Michael Owen “Big Mike” Massenburg was born on February 22, 1959, and passed away on February 26, 2022, at the age of 63. His name described him perfectly as he was both large in stature and larger than life. His unique sense of humor, lovingly known as his “red humor”, filled rooms with contagious laughter and smiles. He lifted the spirits of everyone in his presence, and he always had a new (or many new) reel of jokes. He also had a reputation as a brilliant problem solver with a gift for teaching others his wealth of knowledge in mechanics with both patience and sarcasm.
When you think of Mike, you think of his passion and deep love for his wife and soul mate, Angie Massenburg. Their love was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of love; it was true, pure, and unforgettable. His work ethic was another of his most notable characteristics as he invested countless hours and commitment into every job he held and taught his children the same. He was so proud of their accomplishments.
His children, Ami (Sean) Stone, Michael (Leslie) Massenburg, and Chris Massenburg will miss him as much as their children Callie (9), Gavin (7), Clark (5), Dylan (5), and Hayley (3) will miss their Papa. His endless supply of tickles, giggles, candy, and silly play time like smelling stinky feet made forever memories with his grandchildren. He will also be missed by his large extended family, and many other friends and neighbors. He shined bright and was loved my many!
He was born to Mary and Stephen Massenburg in Charleston, South Carolina and grew up on U.S. Air Force Bases around the world. He was the third born of eight children: Stephen, Patty, Pam, Mark, Mary, LeighAnne, and Sandy. His brothers and sisters remember him as a hardworking and a generous provider. Mike took his first job at the age of 12 years old working for an ice cream truck and quickly began bringing home sweet treats, such as cotton candy and big tubs of lime sherbet, to share with his family. His generosity knew no bounds and easily extended into his work life where he would willingly share his lunch, knowledge, and humor with co-workers. He leaves a legacy in the oil field because of his jovial nature, charismatic confidence, mentorship, and kindness.
His energy and sparkle will be missed by all. Because he was taken too soon and unexpectedly, we know that he was needed for his next adventure in heaven where he will share his infectious laughter and spirit with all those who reside with God.
Mike always cared for others and loved helping people. If you loved him, he loved you. In lieu of funeral services, and to honor Big Mike’s character, please donate to Cancer Services Network. Cancerservicesnetwork.org.