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Roy Matthews

June 14, 1944 — January 24, 2021

Van Wert

Roy Dean Matthews, 76, of Van Wert passed away at his residence and joined his Lord and Savior at 7:40 AM on January 24, 2021.

Born on June 14, 1944 in Van Wert, the son of the late Earl Lee and Nellie Anna (Boyd) Matthews. On June 7, 1969, he married the love of his life, former Emiko Kakazu, who survives. Together, they shared over 51 years of marriage.

Upon graduating from high school, Roy entered into active duty with the United States Navy on May 30, 1962. He was honorably discharged as AVIATION STRUCTURAL MECHANIC (HYDRAULIC) PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS on July 1, 1971 in Lemoore, California. Roy gave over 9 years of service to his country, 3 of which were overseas.

Roy retired as Quality Control Manager from American Tool Company, New Haven, Indiana, after many years of service. Previous to his quality control position, Roy was a precision tool grinder and was proud of the many intricate instruments and tools he made for the medical industry.

Roy was a member of the Van Wert American Legion, was an avid fisherman, hunter and nature enthusiast. Over 25 years ago, he decided to learn about computers as a hobby. His hobby led to becoming a self-taught computer technician and he enjoyed solving computer issues for friends and family. He also enjoyed watching movies and loved online church services from Indianapolis led by his brother, Rev. Rick Matthews. Roy was a patriot who was very humble and caring. He never sought credit or attention for all of his good deeds. Most importantly, Roy loved spending time with his family, both here and in Japan.

Surviving in addition to his wife Emi is a daughter, Elane (William) Better of Shaker Heights, Ohio; grandchildren, Michael and Natalie Better; a brother, Rev. Rick (Mary) Matthews of Indianapolis, Indiana; and many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Charles and Ralph Matthews; and sisters, Cora Lee Matthews and Charlotte Harting.

Due to COVID-19, services for Roy will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Roy`s memory may be directed to:
Southview Wesleyan Church,
4700 Shelbyville Road, Indianapolis, IN 46237, (please note-Memorial Fund)
Or call 317-783-0404

To share in Roy's online memorial, please visit

Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.

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