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Kenneth J. Matus

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Kenneth J. Matus Obituary
Matus, Kenneth J.
Kenneth J. Matus, retired Army Major, passed away Friday, 9/9/16 at age 69. Ken was born November 19, 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Joseph and Josephine Matus. He is survived by his wife Misa (Misako), sisters Karen Boswell (husband James), Nancy Matus Walker (husband Ken), and Patricia Matus, and sister in law Denise Matus; Uncle Anthony Kulina and Aunts Ann Kulina, Peggy Kulina, and Mary Ellen Kulina; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is predeceased by his parents and brother Daniel Matus. Ken began high school at Chaplain Kapaun Boy's High School in Wichita, Kansas, and continued with and graduated from high school at the Zaragoza (Spain) Air Force Base DODS facility in 1964, where his father was stationed with the Air Force. He attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas and later graduated from Midwestern University in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1968, with a degree in advanced Mathematics. Ken always enjoyed anything to do with electronics and from the time he was little, enjoyed taking things apart and putting them back together. He won first place in his school science fair for the cloud chamber he constructed, and he built his own first computer from scratch. His favorite movies were "My Fair Lady" and "Paint Your Wagon," and he loved music by The Kingston Trio. He was an enthusiastic aficionado of humorous MAD magazine, and an expert-level Canasta player. He was a quiet, thoughtful person who had a variety of experiences of many places, cultures, and people. As the son of an US Air Force military member, he lived in many places including Japan, Spain, Maryland, California, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas, and Florida. During his military career he served a tour of duty in Vietnam, and his military service took him to many postings including Ft. Huachuca, Arizona; Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey; Sinop, Turkey; and Okinawa, Japan, where he met and married his wife Misa. They recently celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary. Ken also worked at Motorola, and had a career with the State of Arizona Department of Health Services as a Data Communications Specialist; Integrated Information Systems as a senior consultant/engineer; and the PF Chang Corporation as a Network Engineer. In addition, he ran his own information technology consulting business. Services were private, and burial was at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Mesa Arizona. Please consider a donation to in remembrance of Ken.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 2, 2016
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