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Sgt John Edward Matcham
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Birth: Nov. 17, 1912
Oberlin
Lorain County
Ohio, USA
Death: Dec. 21, 1965
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA

John Edward Matcham (Eddie) was the son of George Delorain Matcham (12 May 1843-5 February 1923) and Emma Beatrice Callin (8 July 1885-13 November 1951). He was born in Oberlin, Ohio. His brothers and sisters were: George Matcham II of Punta Gorda FL, Marjorie Young of Punta Gorda, FL, Truman of Erie, PA, and Ruth Heimsath of Cleveland, OH. He attended school in Oberlin before entering the US Army during WWII. He was severely wounded and achieved the rank of Staff Sargeant BSM. He was a member of Disabled American Veterans. He died at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Maywood, IL.


He married Opal Estelle Hindman Blair in Peoria, Illinois in November, 1948. They lived in Peoria and ran a restaurant near Bradley University until his death. He loved Bradley basketball, coin collecting, fishing, and reading history. A reserved and quiet man he nevertheless loved the tumult of Christmas. He was buried on Christmas Eve Day in 1965. 
 
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 Parents:
  George D Matcham (1843 - 1923)
  Emma Beatrice Callin Matcham Heimsath (1885 - 1951)
 
 Spouse:
  Opal Estelle Hindman Matcham (1907 - 2001)*
 
 Sibling:
  John Edward Matcham (1912 - 1965)
  Truman Wallace Matcham (1916 - 2005)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Veterans Cemetery
Pekin
Tazewell County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Topperlove
Record added: Nov 27, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44847273
Sgt John Edward Matcham
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Sgt John Edward Matcham
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Sgt John Edward Matcham
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- Topperlove
 Added: May. 26, 2014
I just found the dearest picture of you nose-to-nose with Petey.
- Topperlove
 Added: Dec. 24, 2012
Gone but never forgotten! You were one of a kind. You brought such love and happiness to our lives....
-Anonymous
 Added: Dec. 13, 2012
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