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Born 29 June 1920 - Departed 20 Oct 2011

MATCHETTE, Darrell Dean, 91, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2011, in North Carolina. He was born June 29, 1920, in Mishawaka, Ind., and was a former resident of Sebring, Fla., where he was an Accountant with the Sun 'N Lake Improvement District and a member of Whispering Pines Baptist Church. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy from 1941-1946 in the Pacific Theatre on the Los Angeles in China. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one sister and a loving wife of 54 years, Elizabeth "Betty" Matchette. He is survived by his caring wife of six years, Betty Matchette; six children, George (Leslie) Gradek, Tom (Connie) Matchette, Deb (Johnny) Krantz, Tim Matchette, Terry Matchette and DeeDee (Johnny) Randall; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He had a lot of love for his family and the great outdoors. Fishing, camping and canoeing were three of his greatest passions, which he passed on to his children and grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 29, 2011, at Whispering Pines Baptist Church, Sebring, with the Rev. Steve Trinkle officiating. The family will receive friends preceding the service, beginning at 10 a.m. Interment at Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Avon Park, will be immediately following the service. Arrangements were entrusted to Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home Sebring, FL 33870 (863) 385-0125 www.stephenson

Published in on October 26, 2011


Born 03 Mar 1926 - Departed 22 Mar 2011

COLUMBUS -- Richard L. "Dick" Matchette, 85, of Kennesaw Court, passed from his earthly body into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 22, 2011, at Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Dick was born Feb. 3, 1926, in Mishawaka, the fourth of six children of Ted and Myrtle Matchette, who preceded him in death.

Dick served in the U.S. Army infantry during World War II, in Europe and Asia. He was a member of Community Church of Columbus and will be remembered for being a strong "Prayer Warrior" for many people.

He and Helen Lundberg were married in Boone, Iowa, on June 15, 1947.

Dick is survived by his wife, Helen, and four children, Julie (Mike) Wider of Bristol, Rick (Sandra) Matchette of Elkhart, Nancy (Randy) Johnson of Elkhart and Janice Matchette of Columbus. He also had seven grandchildren, Mindy (Jamie) Higginson, Matthew Matchette, Lisa (Greg) Foy, Cindy (Jason) Miller, Amy Jo (Matt) Miller, Jennifer (Ryan) Batchelor and Katie Beth Matchette. The joy of his life were his 20 great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Tyler, Brooks, Allie Jo and Devin Higginson, Nathan, Abby, Catelyn and Madison Foy, Jacob, Andrew and Joseph Miller,rady, Ellison, Ridge, Hudson, Anders and Caylor Batchelor and Jackson and Zoey Miller. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Gunter of Elkhart; brothers Dale Matchette of Fort Wayne and Darrell (Betty) Matchette of North Carolina; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

It was Dick's wish to leave his earthly remains to medical science.

Celebrations of his life and love of Jesus will be at Community Church of Columbus at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2011, and at 2 p.m. Monday, March 28, 2011, at McCoy Memorial Baptist Church in Elkhart.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Community Church of Columbus Building Fund, 38 50 N. Marr Road, Columbus, IN 47203 or Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 E. 17th St., Columbus, IN 47201.

In Memory of Betty Jean Gill Penrod

Born on Aug. 30, 1935
Departed on Jun. 6, 2010 and resided in Mishawaka, IN.

Betty Jean Gill Penrod, 74, of Mishawaka, Indiana, peacefully passed away at Hospice House, Elkhart, after battling several life threatening illnesses for many years.

She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia L. Mueller, Step daughters, Vernia Penrod and Jena Penrod. Three grandchildren, Stephanie D. Wecht, Joshua G. Wecht and Howard C. Muelle. One great grandchild, Alexis L. Wecht. Four brothers and sisters, Richard Gill, Shirley Young, Carol Kline and James (Jimmy) Gill. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph K. Gill Jr. and Robert Gill. Also preceding her in death is a sister, Mary Foos and her parents, Ralph K. Gill Sr. and Mable Gill.

Betty owned "Betty's Avenue Restaurant", located on the corner of Main and Mishawaka Ave. in Mishawaka. The business opened in 1964, and she operated it with the help of her mother, Mable Gill, Alice Overly, Barbara Newton, Beverly Warren and Eva Clark, all very close, dear, lifelong friends. She closed the restaurant in 1968, for a big move to Arizona.

Funeral services for Betty will be held at Willow Creek United Methodist Church, 14010 Jefferson Road, Mishawaka with Rev. Milton Gould officiating. Immediately following the services, the family would like to share lunch with Betty's friends in the church basement. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to defray funeral expenses and also to Hospice House of Elkhart.


In Memory of Robert Lee Gill

Born 21 Oct 1937; Died 19 Oct 2009

In Memory of Ralph Kenneth Gill Jr. 1929 - 2008

South Bend Tribune - June 17, 2008

Nov. 26, 1929 - June 15, 2008
MISHAWAKA - Ralph Kenneth Gill Jr., 78, eldest child of Ralph Kenneth Gill Sr., who died in 1997, and Mabel Alice (Matchett) Gill, who died in 1983. Ralph was born Nov. 26, 1929, in Mishawaka. He was the big brother of Betty, who died at birth in 1934; Betty Penrod of Mishawaka, Mary Foos, who died in 1992, Carol Klein of Granger, IN, Shirley Young of Plymouth, Richard and Robert of Mishawaka, and James of Texas. He was the loving father of three daughters, Sharon (Dennis) Vanden Bossche, Georgia (Robert) Gill-Elkins and Debra Sue, who died in 1967; three sons, Robert, who died in 1949, Dwayne (Darlene) and David (Jean), all of Mishawaka. He was grandfather to nine grandchildren, Cody (Darcy) Vanden Bossche, Tammy (Jeff) Thompson, Robert Elkins, Roxanne (Grady) Woods, Michael (Shannon) Yeakey, David Gill, Crystal (Bobby) Stremme, Melissa Gill, Shawn Gill, Ashley Gill and Justin (deceased 1975); and great-grandfather to 18 great-grandchildren. Many nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and nephews and cousins also survive Ralph. He was also preceded in death by his grandparents, Deverter Gill of Silverwood, IN, Myrtle Mae Treely of Mishawaka, James W. Matchett and Georgie Marie Starrett of Plymouth; and his step-grandfather, Leonard "Pops" Starrett. He loved his family and cherished his moments with them all. Ralph married Harriet Soule on July 9, 1949, and she survives. Ralph attended schools in the Plymouth and Mishawaka areas. He was also enlisted in the National Guard. Ralph worked for many years for Silvercup Bakery, also the Studebaker Corp., and retired from Patrick Industries. For a few years he and Harriet also owned and operated The Avenue Restaurant on Mishawaka Avenue in Mishawaka. Ralph was also involved with CB radios and went by the name of "
Arkie" for many years. He was involved with REACT during that time. He was a member of the First Church of God in Mishawaka and Community Church of God where he was the head usher for both, and loved going to their campgrounds at Yellow Creek. He loved to piddle in his garden and also loved doing woodworking projects and gifted his grandchildren with many of his creations. Ralph was also a Pvt. E1 in the National Guard in 1954, and chairman of the BSA Cub Pack 109 in 1963-1964 with his son in Mishawaka. Ralph will be missed by his many friends and family. He will be buried next to his daughter, Debra, at Fairview Cemetery. Viewing will be today from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Bubb Funeral Chapel, 3910 N. Main Street, Mishawaka, where funeral services will take place on Wednesday at 1 p.m., and visitation will also be held one hour before services. Rev. Ervin Mize and Rev. Denver Burns will be conducting the funeral services.

Welcome Our Dad Home

A page turned quietly today
In tears we watched you fade away
God decided it was time
To gather you to His side
He wanted to set you free
To take you to a better place
Peacefully free from pain
We held your hand tightly
As you left your earthly home
We will miss you dearly
But we knew you had to go.
Father we thank you for this man
And all his earthly days
Father now he comes to You
Although we're very sad
We know he's in Your loving care
We're glad he was our father
That we had the honor of knowing him
Though we will miss him in the days ahead
We would never want to call him back
To a world of suffering that he left
So God we have but one favor
Please welcome our Dad home.

Georgia Gill-Elkins
June 15, 2008
Fathers Day

In Memory of Owen S. Matchett 1922 - 2002

Owen S. Matchett, 80, a resident since 1946 of Sturgis, Michigan, a U.S. Armed Forces veteran of World War II, a custodian at Centreville Public Schools before his retirement, died at his home on Friday, September 6, 2002. Calling hours are scheduled for Sunday, September 8, 2002, 5-8 p.m., at Rosenberg-Schipper Funeral Home, Ltd., 807 East Chicago Road, Sturgis. Further visitation is scheduled for Monday, September 9, 3-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m., at the funeral home. A celebration of life is scheduled for Tuesday, September 10, 2 p.m., at Sturgis Wesleyan Church, officiated by the Rev. Brian L. Poole. Interment will follow. Military honors will be conferred by the Capt. John J. Kelley V.F.W. Post No. 1355. Memorial donations are appreciated to The Family of Owen Matchett, c/o Rosenberg-Schipper Funeral Home, Ltd., 807 East Chicago Road P.O. Box 248, Sturgis, MI 49091. Arrangements entrusted to Rosenberg-Schipper Funeral Home, Ltd., Sturgis, Michigan.

In Memory of Marie Hart

Marie (Mooney) Hart, 89, of Indianapolis, formerly of Evansville, died April, 23, 2002, at Greentree Assisted Living. She was the co-founder of Hart Realty Co. in Evansville and the managing broker from 1964 to 1974; a high school business teacher in St. Paul, Ind., from 1939 to 1941; and worked for the USAAF Army Ordinance and Internal Revenue Service from 1941 to 1950. She was a member of Dexter Elementary School's executive board in Evansville, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Republican Party, Central Turners, Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Evansville, Delta Theta Tau sorority and National Trust for Historic Preservation. She was a 1939 graduate of Indiana University, with a degree in business. Surviving are her children, Jeffrey Mooney Hart of Indianapolis, John Scot Hart and his wife, Deby of Albuquerque, N.M., and Anne Hart Baldwin of Indianapolis; and three grandchildren, Scot and Melisa Hart and Nicholas Baldwin. Her husband, Arthur L. Hart, preceded her in death. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 5, 2002, at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Evansville. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthur Leland and Marie Mooney Hart Scholarship Memorial Fund in care of the Indiana University Foundation.

Note: Marie was so wanting to attend the reunion of the Matchett's and France's in 2003 in Bourbon, IN. She will be missed by Family and Friends. I am truely sorry that I will not be able to meet Marie.

In Memory of Jack B. Matchett 1916 - 2000

Sturgis -- Jack B. Matchett, 83 of Sturgis, Mich. died March 28, 2000 at Heartland Care Center in Three Rivers. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, one brother and several nieces and nephews. Respecting his wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be no services at this time. Arrangements were handled by the Schipper Funeral Home Ltd. of Colon.

In Memory of Mary Ellen Harter Matchette

South Bend Tribune Nov. 10, 1977 p. 36

  Mrs. Mary Ellen Harter Matchette, 42, of Marana, Ariz., formerly of Mishawaka, was killed in a car-truck accident Saturday morning in Marana.
   Mrs. Matchette was dead on arrival at St. Mary's Hospital, Tucson, after she drove her car into the rear of a semi tractor and trailer in Marana.
   The semi was attempting to make a right turn off the roadway at the time of the accident. Mrs. Matchette was alone in her car and the driver of the semi was not injured.
   She was born Oct 2, 1935, in Elkhart County and moved to Arizona from Mishawaka in 1954. In July 1954, she married Rev. Ed Matchette who survives, along with three daughters, Mrs. Ellen Charles of Tucson, Miss Carol and Miss Victoria Matchette, both at home; a son, Edward at home; a grandchild; four sisters, Mrs Geraldine O' Bryant of South Bend, Mrs. Patricia Kinder of Mishawaka, Mrs. Phyllis Matchette of League City, Tex., and Mrs. Jane Hamilton of Mishawaka; three brothers, Donald Harter of San Diego, Calif. Dale Harter of Mishawaka, and Burrey Harter of Osceola; and her mother, Mrs. Evelyn Harter of Mishawaka.
   The funeral will be Wednesday morning in Tucson, with burial in Tucson. The Mission Mortuary, Tucson, is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Missionary Fellowship, 11858 N. 25th Ave., Phoenix, Ariz. 85029.

In Memory of Marion Wayne Matchette

Jan. 19, 1928 - Feb. 14, 1993

SOUTH BEND - Marion Wayne Matchette, 65, of Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of South Bend, died at 8:20 p.m. Sunday in his home after an illness. Mr. Matchette retires as a medical technician and a former employee of River Park Clinic. He was born Jan. 19, 1928, in Mishawaka, and lived in Florida for 15 years. He is survived by a daughter, Rebecca J. Boria of Cape Coral, Fla.; a son, David of Cape Coral; three grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Gunter of Middlebury and Jean Tweed of Fort Myers; and three brothers, Darrell and Richard, both of Naples, Fla.,  and Dale.
   Services were to be at 2 p.m. today in Metz Funeral Home, Cape Coral. Burial will be in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

In Memory of Mary Ellen Gill Foos 1940 - 1992

MISHAWAKA -- Mary Foos, 52, of 1953 E. LaSalle Ave., died at 5:30 a.m. Friday in her home after an illness. She was a former manager of Nick's Patio. She was born Jan. 15, 1940 in Mishawaka, and was a lifelong area resident. On Feb 28, 1959, in South Bend, she married Jack L. Foos. He survives with two daughters, Kim Biddle of Osceola and Tanya Ryan of Mishawaka; four grandchildren; her father, Ralph K. Gill Sr. of Mishawaka, three sisters, Betty Penrod and Carol Cline both of Mishawaka, and Shirley Young of Osceola; and four brothers, Ralph K. Gill Jr. and Robert L. Gill, both of Mishawaka, Richard Gill of Michigan and James Gill of Texas. She was a member of First Church of God, Mishawaka Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 360 Ladies Auxiliary and Power Squadron of South Bend. Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday in Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Osceola. Cremation will take place. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until services Monday in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Joseph County, IN. or the Cancer Society of St. Joseph County.

In Memory of Mabel Alice Matchette Gill 1910-1983

In Memory of Thelma Louise Matchett - 1909 - 1982

Thelma Louise Matchett born Februry 10, 1909 died October 1982. She was the daughter of James Matchett and Georgie Marie Van Wormer

In Memory of Louis Matchette - 1902 - 1975

South Bend Tribune Nov. 3, 1975 p. 26

   Louis Matchette, 73, of Rt. 1, North Webster, Ind., formerly of Mishawaka, died at 4;30 a.m. Sunday in Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind., following a five-month illness. Born Feb. 2, 1902 in Pierceton, Ind., Matchette lived in Mishawaka from 1913 to 1962, when he moved to North Webster. He was a 1962 retiree of Wheelabrator Frye, Corp. On Sept. 29, 1928 in Warsaw, Ind., he married Josephine Waletzko, who survives.
   Also surviving are five sons, Paul of South Bend, Edward of Marana, Ariz., Ronald of Fort Wayne, Sydney of League City, Tex, and Dennis of Philomath, Ore.; 15 grandchildren; a great-grandchild and a brother, Dean F. of Fort Myers, Fla. Friends may call after 7 p.m. today and all day Tuesday in the Thallemer-Goethals Funeral Home

In Memory of Lloyd Arnold Matchett

Lloyd Arnold Matchett born June 9, 1913 died November 03, 1975. He was the son of James Matchett and Georgie Marie Van Wormer

In Memory of Myrtle Ellen Matchette

South Bend Tribune Oct. 10, 1968
Mrs. Dean F. Matchette
     Mrs. Myrtle Ellen Matchette, 70, of 10226 McKinley Hwy., Osceola,  died at 2: 12 p.m. Wednesday in St. Joseph's Hospital, South Bend, where she had been a patient for two days. She had been in failing health for several years. Born in Mishawaka on July 22, 1898, she had lived her lifetime in Mishawaka and Osceola. As Myrtle Ellen Woolet, she married Dean F. (Ted) Matchette in this city on Nov. 14, 1918. He survives along with four sons, Darrell D., Richard L. Matchette, both of Elkhart; Dale E. and M. Wayne Matchette of Osceola; two daughters, Mrs. Gale F. Gunter of Mishawaka; and Mrs. James F. Cook of Osceola; two brothers, Vernon Woolet and Marion Woolet, both of Mishawaka; a sister, Mrs. Ernest Hamman of Mishawaka; one granddaughter, Mrs. Cathy Schaap of Cambridge, Mass.,  whom she raised, and 23 other grandchildren. Friends may call after 7 p.m. today in the Bubb Funeral Chapel where services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday by Rev. Clyde Burris. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

In Memory of James Warner Matchette

James Warner Matchette Succombs To Heat South Bend, Tribune Aug. 4, 1916 James Warner Matchett, aged 33, is the fourth victim to die in Mishawaka from the extreme heat. He suffered a prostration at noon Friday at his home 210 South Race Street, and died Monday morning at 7 o'clock. Mr. Matchette was a baker by trade and was overcome by the heat while at work at the Kuss Bakery, and on arriving home at noon was completly prostrated. Mr Matchett was born in Pierceton, Indiana, Oct. 6, 1883. He was marred 8 years ago in Warsaw to Miss Georgia Van Warner. The wife and three children survive. Also the father W. C. Matchette and four brothers. The family moved to Mishawaka five years ago.

In Memory of William Courtney Matchette

William C. Matchette May 14,1935 South Bend Tribune William C. Matchette, aged 78, of 122 South Elder Street, died this morning at 12:30 o'clock in St. Joseph's hospital. He had been ill for nine months. Mr Matchette was born March 19, 1857, in Benton, Ind., and came here 24 years ago from Piercton, Ind. He was married 56 years ago to Mabel Warner, who died two years ago. Later he married to Della Kissinger, who survives. Surviving besids his wife are four sons, Jesse, Owen, and Louis Matchette, of Mishawaka, and Dean Matchette, of rural route No. 1, and three half brothers, James Matchette, of Bourbon, Ind., and John and William Matchette, jr., of Pierceton.

In Memory of William Cowper Matchette

Death of Dr. W. C. Matchette Jan. 22, 1891 Bourbon Mirror We were called upon this week to announce the death of Dr. William C. Matchett, of Pierceton, Ind., which occured at the place last Thursday, after a brief illness of about two weeks. He was the oldest son of Dr. William J. Matchette, and was born in Shelby County, Kentucky, May 21, 1821, making him now past 69 years of age. While quite young his parents removed to Indiana, first to Clark County, afterward to Wayne County, where, after a residence of some years they finally located at Goshen, Elkhart County. Associated with his father he there began the practice of medicine and was actively engaged in the practice of his profession for about twenty-five years in that county. He removed to Bourbon in the fall of 1804, and lived here about three years, during which time he acquired considerable property interest here, which he has largley retained. In 1867 he removed to Pierceton, where he has since resided. Some four years ago he opened a banking office there called People's Bank, which he had charge of at the time of his last sickness. He leaves a wife and seven children, four sisters and a brother, Dr. A. C. Matchette of this place. He was a temperate, well controlled man, whose integrity was never found lacking. How firmly gounded his character for honor and honesty can not be adequately expressed.


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