John Matous

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

  • Our deepest condolences and our thoughts and prayers for comfort to the family and god bless!

    • Thanks my Friends for your thoughts & prayers!
      John’s wife & children, Steve & his two older brothers, & our entire family appreciate it!

  • With deepest sympathy, we send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers out to you and your family during this most difficult time.

  • I have been thinking so much about James lately and tonight I saw this. I’m so sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers.

  • Diane, we are very shocked and saddened by the news of John’s passing. Words cannot express our thoughts at this time. We will miss him and his joyful spirit. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. Trust in the Lord. (Karen and Greg Steffan)

  • My heart and prayers are with you all…… of the most admired families I’ve ever known. Sorry I cannot be with you for the celebration of John’s full and loving life. Big hugs to you all.

  • I am still very shocked to learn of John’s passing. I was his Barber of 15 years. We had just text a few weeks ago and I was to cut his hair in the beginning of December before he took a trip.
    I will personally remember discussing rock and roll with him. He was so knowledgeable and knew how much I love music.
    He would talk of hunting. His corvette and of cooking.
    But mostly I will say the pride was so apparent when speaking of his children. And the deep love he had for his wife was a testament to the true family man he was. He was so very excited when he became a grandfather. John loved his family more than anything in the world.
    I have had the pleasure of meeting all his children and Diane. I’m deeply sorry for this true loss. I’ll always remember John and will be praying for your family.

  • Praying for your whole family during this difficult time and hope you can find strength from our Lord along with the love from all your friends and family. May you wrap yourselves in the many wonderful memories you share and gain comfort from them.

  • Diane, Katie, Jenn and Jim,
    My heart broke when I heard the news of your loss. May our Lord wrap His arms around you and comfort you at this time. Your husband and father was such a wonderful man. I know that his life of love and laughter will be cherished by all that were privileged enough to know him. May God bless you all and keep you always and bring you through this incredibly difficult time! All my love always.

  • Warum gerade er?
    Diese Frage werdet ihr Euch stellen, Tag für Tag. Alles hat seine Zeit. Die Liebe,
    das Leben, die Arbeit, das Fröhlich sein und das Trauern. Lasst euch die Zeit, die
    ihr braucht, um seinen Tod zu über winden. Seid Euch sicher,dass dieser Tag
    kommen wird. Herzliches Beileid. Wir sind in Gedanken bei Euch und Beten.

  • Dear Matous Family,

    We are incredibly sorry for you loss. Mr. Matous was an amazing family man that will surely be missed. Fortunately, he left you with invaluable life lessons, beautiful memories, and a solid foundation on which all of you will continue to blossom. God’s peace be with you now and forever. Love, the Mottrams

  • Diane and family,

    I am so sorry to hear about your beloved husband and father. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

    The Lord be with you at this difficult time, Becky

  • Hi Diane?? WOW, I’m still in shock!!

    I’m so blessed to have John as a uncle. And I’m very blessed to have great times together with your family. And going up North to the trailer to go hunting with grandpa & and the uncles.

    My heart goes out to you and your family & friends,

    Love you

    Frank Matous Jr.

  • Sterben ist kein Ende,
    sondern der erste Schritt auf einem neuen Weg.

    Dear Diane, Katie, Jenny and Jim,
    our prayers are with all of you…
    We remember John as a heartful man with joyful spirit. We were glad to know him. Keep the wonderful memories you could share with him.
    Our deepest and heartful sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Hope you can find strength which bring you through this difficult time.
    Love, Veronika, Heinz and Sabrina

    Leuchtende Tage –
    Weine nicht, dass sie vorüber,
    Lache, dass sie gewesen. (Rabindranath Tagore )

  • Praying for all of you during this time of such profound sorrow. May the peace of Christ, which surpasses all understanding, fill your hearts and give you strength. Please know you have the prayers for all of the Dominican friars, staff, and parishioners of St. Mary’s Parish in New Haven, CT.

    Fr. John Paul Walker, O.P.

  • Dear Matous Family,

    Br. Daniel told Mark about your sudden loss. We are deeply sorry for this painful event here at the start of Advent. It sounds like John was a remarkable man and lived his life ready to meet Christ at any time. He is no doubt enjoying the heavenly banquet. Praise God we share that banquet at each Mass through Jesus. May the Lord pull you close and may you feel His loving Presence.

    You are in our prayers.

    Gottes Segen,
    The Gehl Family
    (Mark fka Br Matthias, Lindsay and baby Helen)

    “…Ploetzlich war Jesus been ihnen. Er trat in ihre Mitte und Grüßte sie: ‘Friede sei mit euch.'” Johannes 20.19 (letzte zwei Sätze)

  • Our deepest condolences to Diane & the extended Matous family.
    It was our pleasure to be a friend of John & Diane through involvement with our chapter of Gyro International. I knew John as a warm, kind, intelligent guy, always a pleasure to be around.
    I remember we always used to have a friendly rivalry around the OSU – Michigan game- John was UM thru & thru, I went to OSU. I used to think: how can Michigan be so bad, when guys like John went there?

    Prayers to the family

    Randy & Debra Tarrier

  • Thank you so much for being such a good friend John. I not only enjoyed working with you at Chase but I loved our conversations about baseball, hockey and family inside and out of work. I will miss our times of trying stump each other with random baseball trivia. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. He was very proud of you all.

  • Diane and children,
    I am just so saddened by the news of your husband and father.. Although I did not know your father personally, kids, I know your mom. I know what a close knit and loving family you all are. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May your dad hunt and fish with the angels, and may God grant you peace.

  • Aunt Diane, and cousins Katie, Jenny, and Jimmy,

    Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Uncle John will always be remembered as a fun loving caring uncle. We will miss him.


    Mike and Michael Matous