April 19, 1951 ‒ November 22, 2016
Lewis Center, Ohio
Formerly of Farmington Hills, Michigan
John M. Matous, age 65 of Lewis Center, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at home.
He was born on April 19, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan the youngest son of the late Frank and Stephanie (Tomasik) Matous. He graduated from Pershing High School in 1969, and earned both his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Master’s Degrees in Business Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy. He was a proud member of the Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity. His younger days were filled with brotherly comradery, baseball, skating, and northern Michigan adventures.
John married his sweetheart, Diane, and they had three children: Katherine, Jennifer, and James. For over 20 years they were active in the Farmington Hills community including St. Fabian Catholic Church and School and Mercy High School. John devoted two decades to his work in the mortgage banking industry at Source One Mortgage Company in Farmington Hills, and developed lifelong friendships with his colleagues through company picnics, baseball and golf leagues.
In 2002 John, Diane and the family moved to Lewis Center, Ohio, where they again developed a loving community of friends. They were active in their neighborhood, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and Bishop Watterson High School. John worked 14 years at J.P. Morgan Chase and retired as a V.P. of Mortgage Cash Operations. His retirement gave him the opportunity to more passionately pursue his hobbies, including hunting, exploring the outdoors, playing golf, gardening and cooking. His apple pies will long be remembered, just as will his generous and wise ways. He was a tireless supporter of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph, where his son James is in seminary studying for the priesthood.
A true outdoorsman at heart, he was a member of the Detroit Archers, National Riffle Association, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Whether it was hunting, hiking, or simply sitting on the back patio watching the hummingbirds, John loved to be outdoors. He always said he did his best thinking and praying sitting in the woods. Just weeks before his passing, John proudly bagged his 67th deer, the biggest buck of his life. A Michigander at heart, he and Diane participated in the Mackinaw Bridge Walk annually for 25 years and were frequently visiting their favorite Michigan spots. John possessed a cornucopia of knowledge, was fun-loving, quick-witted, and the consummate teller of stories.
Always warm and welcoming, John was at his best while surrounded by his family whom he made his top priority, pride, and joy. Not long before his passing, he said, “Your mom and I drew three aces when you three kids were given to us by the Lord. Being a parent, guardian, cheerleader, and advisor to the three of you with your mother was the best job I’ve ever had.” May we all be reminded of his passion for life, love of family, and advice to enjoy the gift of each day, while not taking life too seriously.
He is survived by his sweetheart of 40 years Diane (Fahrner), children Katherine (William) Magnuson of Anchorage, AK, Jennifer Matous (Isaac Brenner) of Columbus, OH, Bro. James Mannes Matous, O.P. of Columbus, OH, grandchildren Luke and Noah Magnuson, brothers Frank (Maggie), Phillip (Trina), Stephen (Emmie) Matous, extended family and friends.
Friends may call 2-4 & 5-8 p.m. on Monday, November 28th at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 75 W. William St., Delaware, Ohio 43015 with prayers and rosary services at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Mary Church, 82 E. William St., Delaware, Ohio 43015. There will be an additional visitation and prayers prior to interment from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Wednesday at the McCabe Funeral Home in Farmington Hills, Michigan, where burial will follow at the North Farmington Cemetery, 31950 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48334.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Dominican Student Brothers, 487 Michigan Ave NE, Washington D.C., 20017.
Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com