David Matsko (1947 - 2017)

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David Matsko, 69, of Vandalia, passed away peacefully at 6:18 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind., after a very brief illness.
Per David's wishes, cremation rites were accorded and there are no services.
Mr. Matsko was born on Oct. 1, 1947, in Streator, the son of Peter and Iola (Defenbaugh) Matsko.
He attended Streator grade schools and graduated from Streator Township High School with the class of 1966. He worked for the Illinois Department of Corrections for 28 years at the Pontiac and Vandalia prisons, retiring in 2000. He was an active member of Temperance Lodge No. 16 A.F. & A.M. in Vandalia for the past 22 years. He thoroughly enjoyed catfishing and camping over the years, and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his daughters, Tracie and her husband Benji Gass of Brownstown, and Jennifer (Matsko) Johnson of Vandalia; grandchildren, Drew Spencer and his wife Brittany of Brownstown, Hailee and her husband Nathan Richard of Goreville, Chelsey Spencer of Wheeling, Alaya Matsko, Devon Matsko, Jasmine Kinsey and Randall Kinsey of Vandalia, Brianna Gass and Jade Gass of Herrin, and Mckenna Gass and Brayden Gass of Johnston City; great-grandchildren, Emery Spencer of Brownstown, Landon Gass and Orion Gass of Herrin, and Donovan Rathbone of Vandalia; sisters, Janet Benstine, and Charesse and her husband Kent Richards, both of Streator; brother, Gerald "Bobo" Matsko and his wife Mary of Streator; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Rudy Benstine; and brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Mary Matsko.
Published in The Leader-Union from Aug. 23 to Aug. 30, 2017