ORLAND PARK, IL - Howard C. Matthew, 90, formerly of Pawnee and Jacksonville, Ill., passed away Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.
Howard was born and raised in Pawnee, Ill., 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, Ill., where they built and operated the Carole Jean IGA.
Howard was a WWII Air Force veteran (1943-1946), a lifetime member of Springfield Ansar Shriners, as well as lifetime member of the Elks Association and American Legion in Jacksonville, Ill.
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, Ill.
Family will receive friends at Kurtz Memorial Chapel, 65 Old Frankfort Way, Frankfort, IL 60423, on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, from 11 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1 p.m. Interment at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill.
In lieu of flowers, send memorials to the Shriners Children's Hospital.
Kurtz Memorial Chapel