Matthew Clarke Banks Jr.
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83 of Jeromesville died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 at his home. He was born July 25, 1929 in New Philadelphia the son of Matthew Clarke and Katherine
Lucille Rausch Banks. Sr. He was a 1948 graduate of Sugarcreek- Shanesville High School. He moved to Jeromesville in 1950, became a farmer and in later years drove truck for Larry Enderle. He was a member of Mohicanville Community Church and along with his wife, Shirley were foster parents for 20 years. Matt followed local men's fastpitch softball across the country and was an avid bowler. He collected hats and bowling balls.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Glorene Becker Banks to whom he was married Dec. 3, 1951 at Mohicanville; three sons, Eric (Judie) Banks of Jeromesville, Jeff (Kathy) Banks of Ashland and Michael Banks of Columbus; two daughters, Kathy (Victor) Robison of Mohicanville, and Beryl (Jim) Klingel of Wooster; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; his stepmother, Lucille Banks of Ashland; two sisters, Margaret Hamsher of Dover and Lois Vahdati-Bana of Hilliard; and a stepsister, Darlene (Jim) Anderson of Jeromesville. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Doran Banks on Nov. 11, 2001; an infant sister, Carol Banks; two sisters, Mary Rice and Barbara Jane Keener; and a brother, Bob Banks.
Memorial services will be 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at Mohicanville Community Church with Pastor Mike Nicholson officiating. Calling hours will be from 2-4 p.m. at the church before the service on Sunday. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House, 1050 Dauch Drive. Ashland, OH 44805 or the Jeromesville Fire Department, 1 North Street, Jeromesville, OH 44840. Fickes Funeral Home in Jeromesville assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.fickesfuneralhome.com
Published in The Times Reporter on Oct. 18, 2012