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Barry K. Mathews

Independence, Ohio

Jan 19, 1956 – Sep 7, 2019 (Age 63)


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Fortuna Funeral Home, Inc. - Independence Obituary

Barry K. Mathews, age 63.  Beloved Husband of 39 years to Yvonne M. (nee DeLong);  Cherished Father of Adam C. Mathews, Sr. (Christy L.) and Katie J. Stepro (Robert H., III);  Grampy of Chaterya L. Darby (Allen Yunis), Adam C. Mathews, Jr., Layla J. Mathews and Mia K. Stepro;  Expectant Great-Grampy of Nella Yunis (Due in October);  Son of Charles R. and Jane C. Mathews (nee Robertson)(both deceased);  Brother of Pamela I. (deceased) and Kelly A. Mathews;  Son-in-law of George “Mike” and Kathleen M. DeLong (deceased);  Brother-in-law of Michael C. DeLong (deceased)(Annie), Dale W. DeLong (Micky) and Daniel M. DeLong (Sandy);  Uncle, Great-Uncle, and Friend to many. 

Barry was a runs with scissors, drive it like you stole it, always get the biggest/prettiest fireworks to set off, let’s head to the beach, let’s go to The Smokies, kid spoilin’, Steelworkin’, Pepe Le Pew imitatin’, I love you sayin’, car waxin’, Big Chuck watchin’, American muscle car lovin’, History buffin’, Patriotic, bud sharin’, cookie bakin’, garden growin’, “Hey Lucy—I’m home” sayin’, prank playin’, Barney Fife fan’n, joke tellin’, snugglin’, best breakfast cookin’, Good neighborin’, Converse & Levi’s wearin’, Cleveland lovin’, NASA respectin’, western watchin’, Hang Loose in Maui’n, sentimental, turn it up loud, laugh til it hurts & laugh some more kind of guy.  If Barry cared about you—you knew it.  See you on the other side, Sweetheart. 

Barry was a member of the South High Flyers Class of 1974, O.G. Member of the Monday Nighters since 1973, and a Union Steelworker for 40+ years where he retired from Arcelor Mittal Steel Corp. 

Visitation Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. at FORTUNA FUNERAL HOME, 7076 Brecksville Road, Independence, Ohio 44131. Funeral Home chapel service Monday at 10:00 a.m. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.  

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I never met Barry, but from this obituary, that is my loss! Condolences to his family and friends on your loss.

Rest peacefully sexy slim.

Boy remembers all the fireworks

I am so sorry to hear about Barry, my thoughts are with you Yvonne.

Yvonne and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I havent seen Barry since high school and when I heard of his passing, my heart sank. Seeing his picture made me cry he looks the same save for a little gray and much shorter hair and no army hat. I am reminded of all the great times we all had partying in the garage or the camper and at Tinkers Creek. He was such a gentle soul then and it sounds like he remained that way. May you find peace knowing that he is in the arms of God and that one...

Dear Yvonne and family. So very sorry to hear about the passing of Berry.Know that you are in our prayers through this difficult time.

Yvonne and Family
Im so deeply sorry for your loss. Please know thoughts and healing energy are being sent your way.
May you be comforted by beautiful memories and his enduring spirit, during this difficult time.

With love and sympathy,
Aimee Jordan and

Barry, you were a great neighbor and friend to Eugene and our family. I'll never forget all the memories we made throughout the 20 years we lived next door to each other. Our families shared many good times and some rough ones too. I'll always be grateful for your love,help and support for my family. Well, you and Eugene will be neighbors again and that means one heck of a fireworks display. thank you. I'm sure they'll be a garage up there for you guys

Love, Patrice

When God was making Fathers, as far as I can see, he spent a lot of time on one and saved that one for me. He made a perfect gentleman. Compassionate and kind, with more patience and affection than you can hope to find. He gave this person a heart of solid gold, and after God had finished, he must have broken the mould.
I love and miss you dad. You were my hero and thank you for being an awesome daddy