Larry Jay Matthews, 60, of Anderson, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2012 after a brief illness.
Born November 21, 1951, Larry was a lifelong resident of Anderson. He graduated from Madison Heights High School in 1970 going on to attend Purdue University.
Most recently employed by Keihin, Larry had worked in Greenfield for more than 10 years. He was known by many for his enduring optimism, quick wit, unfailing kindness and trademark catch phrases that could even make strangers laugh. Those qualities served him well over the many years he served as a softball coach for his daughters team. An avid sports fan, Larry often made a night of trips to Indianapolis to watch the Indiana Pacers with his two brothers.
Larry was, above all else, a man devoted to his family and friends. Widely recognized as the undisputed master of the patio grill, Larry hosted countless guests in his sunny backyard. All were welcome, provided they didn't bring soy burgers or turkey dogs.
He is survived by his mother, Opal Matthews; wife of 40 years, Tudy Matthews; daughters, Ashley Pepelea (Michael) and Allyson Matthews (Laurie Seall); brothers, Tom and Jerry Matthews; and joy of his life, new granddaughter, Sophia.
His extended family includes mother-in-law, Thelma Libler; sister-in-law, Donna Hubble (Dan); brother-in-law, Fred Libler (Anissa); and many nieces and nephews.
Larry was preceded in death by his father, Jack Matthews; niece, Jocelyn Matthews; nephew, Zachary Matthews; and father-in-law, Charles Libler.
From all of those who loved and laughed with Larry through the years, we wish him "Good luck and good bowling."
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Home with Revs. Steve Gettinger and Don Billey officiating. Burial will follow at Anderson Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.