Howard C. Matthew, 90, of Orland Park, and formerly of Pawnee and Jacksonville, passed away Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.
Howard was born and raised in Pawnee by his grandmother, Carrie E. Clark, where they operated a grocery store. In 1961, Howard and his wife of 71 years, Imogene nee Tindle moved to Jacksonville, where they built and operated the Carole Jean IGA. Howard was a World War II
Air Force veteran, serving from 1943 to 1946, a lifetime member of Springfield Ansar Shriners, and lifetime member of the Elks Association and American Legion in Jacksonville.
Loving father of Carolyn (Michael) Rafacz, and the late Ronald Matthew, who is survived by his wife Cynthia Matthew; cherished grandfather of Elizabeth (Doug) Stull, Matthew (Jennifer) Rafacz, Todd Rafacz and Christine (Ian) McPartlin; and great-grandfather of Ryan and Laura Stull. Howard was preceded in death by his sister, Margaret Jones of Pawnee.
Family will receive friends at Kurtz Memorial Chapel, 65 Old Frankfort Way, Frankfort, IL 60423, Friday from 11 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1 p.m. Interment will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Shriner's Children's Hospital would be appreciated. For information (815) 806-2225 or visit www.kurtzmemorialchapel.com .