Emmett P. Matthews

March 22, 1921 ‒ August 23, 2014

Galion, Ohio

Emmett P. Matthews, 93, of Galion, died Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Galion Community Hospital.

Born March 22, 1921 in Chicago, IL, he was the son of Leo and Maude (Prentice) Matthews.  He married Verna Mae (Deisch) Blackford Matthews on August 17, 1989 and she survives.  He was preceded by his first wife Catherine (Ehrmann) Matthews on November 4, 1982.

He served with the United States Army during World War II and is a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Galion.  Emmett was a life member of AMVETS Post 1979 where he had served as Finance Officer and a member of the American Legion Scarbrough Post 243, Moose Lodge 303 and VFW 4329, all in Galion.  He volunteered for many years for A Special Wish Foundation, Galion Chapter and enjoyed camping and dancing.  He retired from TRANSCO Railway Products in Bucyrus, prior to that he worked at CONRAIL where he was a traveling inspector.

He is survived by son Prentice (Susan) Matthews of Millstadt, IL and daughters Frances (Tom) Pfalzgraf of Collinsville, IL and Kathy (Fred) Wagar of Carleton, MI; stepchildren Carol (Steve) Miley of Galion and Dennis (Kimberly) Blackford of Galion; 11 grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; five step great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; a half-brother and a half-sister.

In addition to his parents and first wife he was preceded in death by daughter Karen Raymer and stepson Thomas Blackford.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel in Galion where services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 28 with Pastor Richard Genzman officiating. Burial will be in St. John Cemetery in Collinsville, IL.

Full Military Honors will be held by The United States Army and Galion/Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail following the service.

Emmett and his family really appreciated the caring staff, nurses and doctors at Galion Community Hospital and wish to extend a special thanks to them.

Memorial contributions may be made to HomeCare Matters Hospice or to Crawford County Humane Society in care of the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel in Galion is honored to serve the family of Emmett Matthews,  and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • To Verna Mae and family,
    We were so sad to learn about Emmett passing. He had the heart of gold and was so very good to Verna Mae and her family members. Please accept our sympathies and prayers.
    Ron, Linda, Todd, Erika, Kipp, Brittany, Lahna, Ronnie Noelle, Blakely Sue, and Luke Nelson and Addison and Parker Dunnington

  • Mae & Family,
    My Deepest Sympathy to all of you in the passing of Emmett. I have never seen him with out a big smile on his face at the “Special Wish” events, or any place else for that matter. My heart aches for you as you go through this very difficult time. May you have the comfort in knowing that he is now resting in our Heavenly Fathers arms, free of pain… smiling down on all of you from the Glory above with that wonderful smile that you all will remember him so fondly for. I pray that you all find the peace , love, & strength of the Father in Heaven to guide you now & always.
    Mary Ann (Maglott) Riley

  • Our deepest sympathy to the family. May Emmett rest in peace in the Arms of Jesus eternally. Nick, I know the relationship you had with your dad and I know that was very special. You will always have those memories. God bless family and friends. Love Wesley and Joanie Moss

  • Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you.Emmett was a wonderful person always smiling and he treated Mae wonderful. He was great taking Mae out to see my mother Alta and she thought of him as her brother. Our prayers go out to all the family.Love Randy Patti Rana and children and Chad Myers and family.

  • Prentice
    So sorry to hear about Emmett’s passing. He was a wonderful person. We had so many good times together. Every time I think of him it brings a smile to my face. Barbara and I offer our condolences to you and Emmett’s entire family. I know you will miss him.

    Lonnie Thompson