Born On: October 07, 1950

Passed On: November 18, 2017

Gary E. Matthews

Gary Eugene Matthews, age 67, passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2017. He was born in Cadillac, MI on October 7, 1950 to Leon and Joyce Matthews. Gary is survived by his wife of 26 years, Jean; six children, Jonnel (Bill) Sheffer, Alisa Matthews – Wigger, Ashlie (Dale) Bazzett, Tina (Jay Edwards) Lafever, Tami (Todd) Burgess and Kelley Erdman; fourteen grandchildren, Jacob Aday, Nathan Aday, Trevor DeWeerd, Darian Burgess, Brody Burgess, Denver Lafever, Parker Edwards, Hannah Edwards, Eli Wigger, Cole Wigger, Sarah Sheffer, Willow Bazzett, Iris Bazzett and Claudia Bazzett; sister, Linda (Art) Biermacher.; two nieces and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Lindsey Sheffer and by his sister, Joann Norton. Gary was a U.S. Army veteran and had worked as a truck driver for many years.  

A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at VFW Post 7729, 6285 E. Apple Ave., in Muskegon.


Memorial Gathering Information

VFW Post 7729
6285 E. Apple Ave.
Muskegon, Michigan 49442

Date: Saturday, December 09, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

14 thoughts on “Gary E. Matthews

  1. James Schoolcraft

    Wow! I can’t believe that my best friend, since early childhood, has past away. Gary & I were closer than brothers from playing in the same baby playpen together, through our childhood years, as teenagers, right to and including our highschool graduation. I have thousands of memories of Gary that I will forever cherish.
    Rest in Peace dear Brother;
    Jim Schoolcraft

    1. Alisa

      I have heard your name a million times from my Dad. Please know he talked about you quite often with laughter and smile on his face! He is so very missed.

      1. James Schoolcraft

        Dear Alisa;

        I was so sorry to read about Gary passing away. I tried calling him about our 50th high school reunion, but only received the message his phone number was no longer in service. I then attempted to find him on the internet, only to discover he had passed away. I’m so sorry about your Dad, I thought a lot of him. I would very much like to find out what happened to both him & his sister Joann. Can I call someone?

  2. Alisa Matthews

    Dad, the first man I ever loved. Words can’t explain how proud and honored I am to call you my Dad, and also my friend. The past seven months I have called you asking for advice on several things in my life. Thank you, for being there and sharing your thoughts, I hold them dear in my heart. You are stronger than anyone I know, I wouldn’t change the past couple of weeks for anything. Being able to be by your side was amazing. I know you are pain free now, having a wonderful reunion with your parents, sister and Lindsey, and eating all of the food you can handle! Be sure to watch over us, and I promise to try to make you smile! I love you, forever and always.

  3. Christine

    I have so many memories tucked away but what I remember the most is that Gary could make me laugh even when the situation was bad. Jonnel, my dearest friend, I love you with all my heart and I wish I could take away your pain. Alisa, Ashley and Jean, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Roger & Amy Whalen

    Great Guy and Great neighbor to have!! Gary you will surely be missed!! Roger will make sure to keep Jean on the straight and narrow when it comes to hanging Christmas decorations, planting flowers, redecorating or shopping! We are sure you will be laughing from above on every occasion!!! Rest in Peace Friend!

  5. Jonnel

    My dearest Dad, the first man I ever loved. When I think of you my heart over flows with love, joy and pride. I thank you for all your love, support, guidance and life lessons. Spending the last 2 weeks with you were so glorious and precious to me and for that I thank you. My life will forever be changed without you here. Until we meet again please tell everyone I said “hi and give Lindsey a big o kiss for me”. I love you Dad.

  6. Julie & Josh

    So many prayers and hugs for you and your boys!! May you find some peace and comfort somewhere in all of this heart break! Your dad was so blessed to be able to call you his daughter, I know he is watching over your family with a smile on his face and a heart full of love!!

  7. Tina Biermacher

    I’m going to stay one thing uncle Gary did for me witch was the sweetest thing a uncle and do for his Niece it was Christmas of last year I got a package in the mail with no name on it I opened it but and still no name it was a hand painted picture of music 🎶 notes and on the corner of the picture had the name Matt truth is I had no clue who sent this to me and who knew I loved music 🎼 I called my mom Linda Biermacher and told her what happend and I thought a had a Secret admirer haha me and my mom laught but then it was so sweet he painted this picture just for me so sweet I will treasure this picture forever love you uncel gary

  8. Toni Burke

    I have loved Gary all of my life. So many memories. My heart is heavy with this loss. Gary, you will be missed here on Earth, but I know the suffering is over and you are with our Lord and our family in heaven. Praying for peace and strength through these tough times for all who knew and love him.

  9. Jim and Linda Francisco

    Alisa, Ashlie, Jonnel and families….. Know that we send our thoughts, prayers and hugs to you girls during this very difficult time in the loss of a very special man, your Dad. We were able to make a few memories with your Dad that Jim and I will always remember. One in particular I will share is when Uncle John and Aunt Dolly were moving to Iowa and Grandpa Wallace had a limo that your Dad was “the official” limo driver. Once to Iowa, we all piled into the limo to go out for dinner…your Dad drove the limo up the the door, got out of the driver seat, came around to the rear door and opened it to let us all out. He even wore “an official” limo driver hat….because he turned so many heads and of course, we all just smiled at the time but laughed til we had tears once back in the limo. He will be missed.

  10. Shelia galloway

    Miss you already uncle Gary love you dearly. I will be there on the 9th to celebrate your life with the family. Hugs and kisses fam, I’ll see you soon.

  11. Theresa Landheer

    My heart is in sorrow for your loss Alisa yet it’s so full from the love that you could see between the two of you. I truly believe that despite the physical loss he is still watching over you. I pray that that you, the boys and your family are able to find peace during this sad time.


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