Roy L. Matthews, 77, of North Vernon died at 1:40 a.m. Friday, November 30, 2018, at his niece's residence.
A Celebration of Life will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 7, 2018, at North Vernon Firehouse #2 next to Walmart. The Final Call service will be at 7 p.m. A military service and inurnment will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 8, 2018, at Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison. Arrangements were entrusted to Sawyer-Pickett Funeral & Cremation Service.
Mr. Matthews was a 1961 graduate of Vernon High School and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam War. He had worked at the City of North Vernon Wastewater Plant. Mr. Matthews was a member of the NV Center Township Volunteer Fire Department for 30-plus years and worked as a paid driver for the North Vernon Fire Department. He served as the North Vernon Fire Chief. During this time as chief the aerial truck was purchased for the city. His most memorable year was when he achieved 100 percent coverage of all fire runs. Mr. Matthews had to resign as fire chief when he moved out of Center Township and then joined Lovett Volunteer Fire Department where he remained active until recently. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Indiana Volunteer Firefighter Association. Mr. Matthews had coached Lassie League Softball and rode with Ramey's Wagon Train and Outriders. He enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, his grandchildren's sports, hunting, and farming.
Born October 17, 1941, in Jennings County, Mr. Matthews was the son of Herbert Matthews and Martha Coryell Matthews Smith. He married Mary Catherine "Katy" Biehle June 9, 1962, at St. Maryís Church and she survives.
In addition to his wife, survivors include daughters, Teresa Taskey of Seymour, Tina (Tim) Pearson of North Vernon, Karla (Danny) Vance of Dupont, Gracie (Ralph G.) Matthews of North Vernon, and Kelly (Jose) Gonzalez of North Vernon; sister, Susie (Richard Streight) Adams of Marietta, Ohio; 14 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Matthews was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Lisa Goad; and a granddaughter, LaDawn Vance.
Memorials may be made through the funeral home to the Center Township Volunteer Fire Department.