John Matthews

John W. Matthews Jr.

Tuesday, October 25th, 1932 - Friday, November 8th, 2019
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Obituary

John W. Matthews, Jr. 87, of Springfield, passed away Friday, November 8, 2019 in Mercy Hospital.
He was born October 25, 1932 in Springfield Missouri to John W. and Hazel I. (Patton) Matthews.
John joined the United States Air Force in 1950 serving his country in both Korea and Vietnam. He retired in October of 1972 as a Chief Master Sergeant. After retirement he moved back to Springfield where he joined his family business Lakewood Mobile Home Park until it was sold in 1981.
John loved to fish, hunt, travel and work on Mustangs, his favorite being the 1964 ½. He enjoyed visiting with all his friends and especially talking to Dennis Cissell on a daily basis. John’s family however was most important to him, especially his grandchildren.
John was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, step-son Michael Sellers and the mother of his children Norma Matthews. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Joan his children Dennis Matthews of Springfield, Missouri, his daughter Denise Bullard and her husband Dave of Kimberling City, Missouri; grandchildren Greg Kleeman, Brandon Matthews, Jennifer Bowen and Brittany Stone; step-grandchildren Mark Bullard, Mat Bullard, Nicole Murdock and Heather Bullard; great grandchildren Makayla Bartels, Braxton Kleeman, Keagyn Bartels, Savanna Kleeman, Paxtyn Bartels, Eli Stone and Laken Kleeman. He is also survived by his brother Dave and his wife Norene of Springfield, Missouri along with several other family and friends. The family would like to extend a very special thank you to Dr. Meldi and Dr. Tummala for all the care they gave to John.
We say goodbye to the greatest man we have ever known, truly amazing! Had an amazing life & accomplished so many things in his 87 years. His pride & Joy was his family. He is an always will be greatly loved & tremendously missed. He will always be in our hearts & never forgotten. We love you PAPA!!
Graveside services for John will be at 1:00 pm Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at Missouri Veterans Cemetery with full Military Honors. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Tuesday November 12, 2019 at Greenlawn Funeral Home East.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to The Honor Flight of the Ozarks PO Box 3964 Springfield, Missouri 65808.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Greenlawn Funeral Home East
    Address
    3540 East Seminole
    Springfield, Missouri 65809
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  • Service

    Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    Missouri Veterans Cemetery
    Address
    5201 South Southwood
    Springfield, Missouri 65804
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  • Interment

    Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    Missouri Veterans Cemetery
    Address
    5201 South Southwood
    Springfield, Missouri 65804
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Jerry Tracy

Posted at 09:46am
Joan and family words are not enough to express the sorrow I felt when Dennis called me Saturday with the news of Johns passing. I instantly thought of the last time that I saw him, I was on my bicycle and was riding past your house and you and John and some of the grandkids were outside washing your car! I stopped and had a nice visit with you both, obviously not knowing it would be the last time I would see him. It brings a smile to my face when I think of all the good times we had in Tulsa and other places when we were at car shows with our Mustangs! Great times for sure. I guess its fitting that I write this on Veterans Day as I know John was extremely proud of his service to our country and I always had a great respect for him for that. Off we go into the wild blue yonder, climbing high into the sun!! Until we meet again fellow airman!! RIP my dear friend!
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