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Dick Matthews

Dick Matthews

Died: Friday, May 09, 2008
Age: 78
Dick Matthews, 78, of Canton, passed away Friday, May 9, 2008 at St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital in Ypsilanti.

Richard Matthews was born on November 17, 1929 in Dryden. He was the son of Frank and Alla (Spencer) Matthews. He grew up in Dryden and graduated from Dryden High School. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

Dick lived in Westland for 26 years and later moved to Canton.

Dick married Patricia Louise Kaake on July 29, 1953 in Angola, Indiana.

He was a Printer/Typesetter and did his apprenticeship at Imlay City Times. Dick worked there for 4 years. He also was employed at the Ypsilanti Press for 25 years and Observer Newspaper in Livonia for 5 years.

Dick was a member of Imlay City First Congregational United Church of Christ and Wayne First Congregational Church.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia of Canton; daughters, Lynne (Thomas) Welch of Muskegon, Carolyn (Stanley) Owens of Plymouth, and Renee (Gary) Sopko of Northville; son, Rick (Debbie) Matthews of Whitmore Lake; 10 grandchildren, Thomas Welch, Stacy Dalen, Brady Owens, Bryan Owens, Nicole Hopman, Lyndsay Schmiedel, Gary Sopko, Sara Sopko, Megan Matthews and Allan Matthews; 6 great-grandchildren, Campbell, Sophia, Zahra, Aynslee, Caleb and William; and sister, Mary Louise (William) Leslie of Bradenton, FL. He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Alla Matthews; brothers and sisters, Lyle, Leo, Jack, Inez Applegate and Ethel Callahan and 2 infant siblings.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 12 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Imlay City. Pastor David Tietz officiated. Burial was in Imlay Township Cemetery.
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