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George J. Mating

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George J. Mating, 83, of Quincy, died at 7 a.m. Tuesday (Aug. 5, 2014) in the Illinois Veterans Home.

He was born Dec. 1, 1930, in Quincy, the son of George (Giuseppe Matranga) Mating and Lillian Ella Balzer Mating. On Dec. 5, 1953, he married Marilyn J. Schneider in Mount Sterling. She survives.

George was a 1948 graduate of Quincy High School. He served in the United States Army from 1952 to 1953 during the Korean War. He was employed for 11 years at Quincy Compressor. He later became a partner at Brown and Mating Realtors, until his retirement in 1987.

George served as the first president of the Great River Economic Development Foundation. He was a longtime member of Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ, where he had served on the church council. He was a member and former president of the Noon Kiwanis Club and the Quincy Board of Realtors. George was a member and former vice-president of the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of the Golden K Kiwanis Club, the South Side Commercial Club, the South Side Boat Club, Adams County Hunters' and Fishermens' Association, and the Elks Club.

George was a talented woodworking artist, making both small pieces as well as furniture. Another of his favorite pastimes was playing cards with his friends. George was also an avid hunter and fisherman. He had visited all 50 states and had traveled to several foreign countries.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include four children, Sheryl (Dana) Glasgow of Colorado Springs, Colo., Mary Manwaring of Quincy, Douglas (Beverly) Mating of Dunlap, and Thomas (Suzanne) Mating of Quincy; nine grandchildren, Ashley (Jason) Kopp and Steven Glasgow, both of Colorado Springs, Alexandra Mating of St. Charles, Mo., Lauren and Eric Mating, both of Quincy, Ryan (Lindsey) Mating of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Caitlin, Natalie, and Grant Manwaring, all of Quincy; two great-grandchildren, Miley Mating of Quincy and Makayla Kopp of Colorado Springs; a sister, Dolores Wemhoener, of Quincy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law, Gerald Wemhoener; and a grandson, Scott Thomas Mating.

SERVICES: 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, in Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Ken Kramer officiating and full military funeral honors conducted at Greenmount Cemetery by the American Legion Post No. 37 and the Illinois Military Funeral Honors.

VISITATION: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ.

MEMORIALS: Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ, or Illinois Veteran Home Activity Fund.

ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.

WEBSITE: www.hansenspear.com.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.
Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Aug. 7 to Aug. 9, 2014
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