Raymond Kenneth "Kenny" Matthews, Jr.

  • Born: May 31, 1923
  • Died: February 16, 2018
  • Location: Wellston, Ohio

McWilliams Funeral Home

125 East 1st Street
Wellston, OH 45692

Tel. (740) 384-2424

Tribute & Message From The Family

Raymond Kenneth "Kenny" Matthews, Jr., age 94, of Wellston, passed away surrounded by family Friday, February 16, 2018 at Jenkins Care Community Assisted Living in Wellston. He was born at home in Wellston on May 31, 1923 to the late Raymond K. Matthews, Sr. and Luella Ruth Dempsey Matthews. Kenny was a 1941 graduate of Wellston High School. He went on to further his education at The Ohio State University, where he obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering. A veteran of WWII, Kenny served his country as a Staff Sergeant in the 281st Engineer Combat Battalion with the United States Army. He retired as Vice President of Engineering from the former McNally-Pittsburg Manufacturing in Wellston after 35 years' service there. In his younger years, Kenny loved to hunt game and enjoyed woodworking. In his later years, his interests turned to playing bingo and visiting with his family and friends. Kenny was a lifelong member of the Hope United Methodist Church in Wellston, a 66 year member of Black Diamond Lodge #538 F&AM, a member of Shiloh Shrine Club, and a former member of the American Legion. He is survived by his children, Charles Matthews (Rhonda) of Columbus, John Matthews of Plainfield, Illinois, Marilyn Matthews of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Steve Matthews (Brenda) of Albany; grandchildren, Ben Matthews (Lana), Katie Phillips (Jason), Bekah Matthews, and Britney Doudna (Andy), as well as 3 great-grandchildren. Besides his parents, Kenny was preceded in death by his wife, Harriet K. Maerker Matthews in 1990; and sisters, Eleanor Matthews and Virginia Fleischman. In keeping with Kenny's wishes, his body was cremated. Private graveside services will be held at the Ridgewood Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions in Kenny's memory be made to Black Diamond Lodge #538 F&AM, P.O. Box 215, Wellston, Ohio 45692. Arrangements are under the direction of the McWilliams Funeral Home in Wellston. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.mcwilliams-funeralhome.com.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Uncle Kenny was my moms brother Ned her good friend. Marilyn and I have become close we will miss him but we're very proud that he was a family member & friend

Posted by Linda Danas - Bucks county, PA - Family   February 24, 2018


My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am Blessed for getting to know Kenny he was an amazing man. I will always cherish his stories and his perspective on life. He will be greatly missed and definitely remembered. It was easy to understand his pride in his family and he watches over you now and forever with that loving smile that would light his face every time he talked about you

Posted by Charlotte Osborne - McArthur, OH - Acquaintance   February 21, 2018

Dear Charlie, John, Marilyn, and Steve, I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. My condolences to you and your families.

Posted by Bobbie Willis Henry - Ray, OH - Friend   February 21, 2018

I am so glad I had the pleasure of meeting Kenny. He was a wonderful man. Prayers to your family

Posted by Tracy Jenkins LPN - Wellston - Friend   February 20, 2018

I met Kenny at Jenkins Care Community, where my father is also a resident. Beneath his gruff exterior, I was pleased to find a very intelligent and witty man. I loved hearing his stories of being in the service of our country. I will missing seeing him at Jenkins. I am sorry for your family's loss in his passing.

Posted by Rita Silvey - Jackson, OH - Acquaintance   February 20, 2018

So sorry for your loss it was a priveledge and an honor caring for kenny thank you so much for giving us this priveledge

Posted by Mary Lightfoot - Jackson, OH - Friend   February 20, 2018

So sorry for all the family but I would love to say that it was a pleasure taking care of Kenny. He was always trying to show me how to play the stock market but I never did catch on lol! He absolutely adored his grandkids. He always looked forward to them coming around. I so appreciate the family always being so kind and courteous to all of us at Jenkins!
We will miss miss Kenny and seeing the family coming around. Prayers for everyone. May he RIP

Posted by Anita Spence - Wellston, OH - Friend   February 20, 2018