Donald K. "Karl" Matthews
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Donald K. "Karl" Matthews Battle Creek Donald K. "Karl" Matthews, 44, died Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at home. He was born November 30, 1966 in Leesburg, VA, the son of Bertus E. and Betty E. (Preston) Matthews, Jr. Karl attended school in Beaufort, SC, and finished his education in CA. He served his country in the United States Air Force, spending most of his service time in Alaska, which he loved. Upon his discharge, he worked for a local telephone company in Florida and for his father, as a telephone installation technician. Karl moved to Battle Creek and worked at the Veterans Hospital, but retired in 2009 due to medical reasons, and continued to volunteer there. Karl is survived by his mother, of Battle Creek and his father of Leesburg, FL, brothers and sister; Bertus E. (Karen) Matthews III of Bloomingdale GA; Timothy (Janet) Matthews of Valrico FL; and Angela (David) Hayre of Keystone Heights FL, and his dog, Beau-Muffin. Karl was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Preston and Mr. and Mrs. Bertus E. Matthews Sr. Karl was a member of the First Baptist Church and had been a member of the church choir; he enjoyed playing Euchre at the American Legion and with his singles club and belonged to a bowling team. At the request of the family, visitation is planned from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home. A funeral service is planned for 3:30 p.m. Monday, January 31, 2011 at First Baptist Church, 80 E. Michigan, with Rev. Dr. David Laisum and Rev. Dr. Ross T. Lucas will be officiating. Interment will take place at a later date at Bushnell National Cemetery, FL. In lieu of flowers friends who wish may make memorial contributions to the church. Personal remembrances may be made at

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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Jan. 30, 2011.
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February 8, 2011
In memory of Karl, this candle is lit. Aunt Betty, he will always be in our hearts! Love and prayers to you!
Kathy DeLoach
February 1, 2011
So sorry to hear of the Loss of Carl He will be greatly missed. I knew him when he went to Faith Baptist church and from the VA.
Vickie Hill
January 31, 2011
Betty & family... So so sorry for your loss, I was very fortunate as well as blessed to have known Karl both as a co-worker as well as a friend at the VA.
He was very well liked and his loss is felt at the VA in a big way!
Ali Fout
January 31, 2011
I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of Karl. I had the pleasure of working with him at the VA for a couple of years and after that it was a joy to run into him when he was volunteering. Karl was a genuinely good person and he will be greatly missed.
Brooke Dewey
January 31, 2011
Karl brought such a smile to all he touched. We all looked forward to seeing him every week. He brought people together. My prayers for his peace and happiness. Betty it is because of Karl that we meet and that meant so much to me you are a wonderful person. After meeting the rest of Karls family I see why he was the kind of "wonderful" he was. Love and best wishes to you all. Cindy
Cindy Colby
January 30, 2011
Betty and family, My heart goes out to you and your family.
Karl was such a joy to know and a very special member of
our choir. We are so blessed to have you and Karl in our
congregation. May God wrap his arms around you and
give you peace. We will miss him so.

Pat Miller
January 30, 2011
We light this candle in memory of you Karl, you always brought us smiles. We shall pray for your family.
God bless you.
Charlie & Lynette Conklin
January 30, 2011
Dear Aunt Betty and all of our family , we are so sorry for the lose of Karl . We love all of you , and are praying .
Jennifer Peavy Gregory
January 30, 2011
Ann-Marie Swanson
January 30, 2011
Karl's Mom and family: I was so shocked to see his name in the paper. Too young! Marc and I met Karl at MCTI in Plainwell in computer programming class. We enjoyed the time we spent with Karl during school and after too. So many memories. He will be missed. My prayers & sympathies to all of you as you try to accept this tragedy.
Barb Coppins
January 30, 2011
Karl and Marc "horsing around" at MCTI waiting for class to start
I had the privilege of sitting next to Karl while taking a computer programming course. Karl ALWAYS amazed me with how smart he was.

I will definitely miss him.
Marc Coppins
January 30, 2011
Uncle Karl, We will miss you.
Janet and children
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