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Michael Matthews

Birth Date: August 31, 1964
Death Date: May 30, 2017

Michael Edward Matthews, “Fish”, was the beloved son of Robert Matthews and Sandra Matthews. He began his life journey on August 31, 1964 and Jesus called him home on May 30th, 2017 due to cancer.
Michael was preceeded in death by his grandparents, his father Robert Matthews, his cousin Brent Haizlip, and his Uncle Ralph Hill Jr.
Michael leaves behind his adoring mother, Sandra Matthews; his daughter, Kendra Olson (Darin Olson), Kendra’s mother Tricia Carr; his brothers, Vince Miller (Juli Miller) and Tony Matthews (Pati Matthews); his nephews, Sean, Stephen, and Skylar Miller; his aunts Darla Brown (Bill Brown), Rita Haizlip ,and Barbara Hill; cousins Wendy Bigham (Clint Bigham), Linda McDonnell (Sean McDonnell), and Denise Lower (Edward Lower).
Michael left behind beloved friends from Decatur, IL all the way to Madison, Indiana. He also leaves behind his soul mate, Sandy Trudeau and her daughter Madison Trudeau.
Michael, was an avid fisherman and loved playing golf. He was extremely fond of being in nature, enjoying time with friends, cooking, and playing with his beloved cat, Charlie.
Michael’s graveside service will be held at Thomas Anderson Cemetery in Palmer, IL on June 10th at 1pm. His celebration of life will be June 11th from noon till 6pm at the Adam’s Apple in Decatur, IL.
Michael is still in the hearts of all that loved him and is never truly gone; yet just gone fishing.
The family of Michael Edward Matthews is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave., Decatur, IL 62526. Send condolences and share memories with the family at

Graveside Service
June 10, 2017
1:00 pm
Thomas Anderson Cemetery
Palmer, IL
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Celebration of life hosted by the family
June 11, 2017
12:00 pm
- 6:00 pm
Adams Apple
411 N. 22nd Street Decatur, IL 62521
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  1. Our deepest sympathies to Kendra, Sandy, Vince & Julie. We are so grateful to you all
    For allowing us to have Mike back home with us, it's where he always belonged if only for a little while. We loved him like our own. Fly high my boy, you'll never be forgotten.
    Till we meet again!

  2. Mike was one of the funniest people that I have ever known. We had many good times on the golf course, he taught me alot. Lots of good times at work, as well. I'll always remember the manner in which he carried himself. He had a swagger that was distinguished, gentlemanly, but funny at the same time. He was a good friend, who will be sorely missed.

  3. Still can't believe it, makes me sad. He was a great friend & I'll never forget him. My family & I had a lot of great memories that I will cherish forever. Fly high fishy & spread your wings buddy. There will never be another like you.
    My deepest condolences to Kendra, Sandy, Tony, Vince & the rest of his family. My heart breaks for you guys.

  4. He was a great guy and great coworker at Madison precision. He was fun to be around. Thirsty thursdays at central wouldn't been the same without you. Fly high fish missed by many

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