Samuel Matthews

May 2, 1941 - July 27, 2017

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Samuel A. Matthews, 76, of Urbana, passed away Thursday, July 27, 2017 in his home.

He was born May 2, 1941 in Highland County, Ohio.

Sam was a graduate of McClain High School and retired after 35 years at Navistar. He owned and operated Boathouse Baits at C.J. Brown Reservoir in Springfield where he enjoyed passing the time. Sam also loved hunting, fishing, golfing, woodworking, and farming. Most of all, Sam loved spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nancy Jane (Shaffer) Matthews; his daughters, Melinda S. Morrison of Urbana, OH and Michele L. (David) Harsh of Radnor, OH; his five grandchildren, Leigha Morrison, Shelby Morrison, Austin Morrison, Jessica Harsh, and Curtis Harsh; his brothers, Bill (Sarah) Mathews, Tim (Susie) Mathews, and David (Louise) Mathews; his sisters, Clara Ellen Pollard and Donna Oberschlake; and his several nieces and nephews.

Sam is preceded in death by his parents, James Harold and Ethel Irene (Daughtery) Mathews; his brothers, Donald and Jim Mathews; and his sister, Barbara Norton.

Funeral services to celebrate Sam’s life will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, July 31, 2017 in the VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana with Pastor Mike Stewart officiating. The family will receive friends for 2 hours prior to the service from 11-1. Burial will follow in Terre Haute Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Champaign County 4-H Committee, noting “Barn Fund” in the memo line, 1512 S US Hwy 68, Suite B100, Urbana, Ohio 43078.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


Vckie & Jim Brock - Jul 29, 2017

We are so very sorry to hear of Sam’s passing our prayers are with U Deepest Sympathy to all the family

Bob and Carolyn Mathews - Jul 28, 2017

So very sorry for the loss of Sam, condolences to the family.

Lynda Jackson - Jul 27, 2017

Nancy, you and the girls are in my prayers,!

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