James “Jim” R. Matthews, Jr., 74

September 25, 2021


James “Jim” R. Matthews, Jr., 74, of Millersville, PA passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 25, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Lancaster, PA he was the son of the late Evelyn (Stauffer) and James R. Matthews, Sr. He was the loving husband to Diane (Snyder) Matthews for almost 56 years.

Prior to retirement, Jim worked at Armstrong World Industries for over 32 years. Jim enjoyed camping and fishing. He and Diane loved to travel. They visited many places but rarely the same place twice. Some of their favorite destinations included Alaska, Hawaii and Wildwood, NJ. Jim loved to attend Harrisburg Heat soccer matches and also cheer his grandchildren on at their sporting events. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was a jokester from the word go. Most of all he treasured spending time with his family. His sense of humor and good nature will be missed by all including his extended brotherhood.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children; Dori Goshert (Bobby) of Millersville, and Chele Elliott (Shawn) of Columbia; his grandchildren: Danielle (Shaun), Chad (Kate), Shay and Kena; his great-grandchildren: Austin and Cade, with his newest grandson Landon making his debut in November; his sister Dawn Smeltz of Landisville; brother Michael Matthews of Willow Street as well as 2 nieces Lisa and Tawny.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his brothers: Gregory Matthews and Thomas Chandler as well as his fur babies Bo and Rock.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

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October 08, 2021

“Sarge” was always quick to fit my car in at Witmers and was always in a good mood even when they were overloaded with work. You all have my deepest  sympathy 🙏. 
Cookie Peters

October 07, 2021

Thoughts and prayers to the family. Sarge will be missed very much, and was a such a good guy. 

October 06, 2021

Sarge you were a great friend for the short time that i knew you. May you be at peace with the lord now, your in good hands. So sorry to his family for your loss he touched my life and i know that he will be greatly missed. Bless you🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
Eugene Ciesnolevicz

October 04, 2021

Sarg you will be greatly missed R.I.P brother
Dick Fridinger

October 04, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends  he was one of a kind and will be greatly missed 
Bill & Barb Arms

October 04, 2021

So sorry to hear of Jims passing had many great times at Armstrong wit him. Prayers to family and friends

October 04, 2021

Diane, I was so sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Jim Jenkins

October 03, 2021

So sorry. Worked with Sarge many years at Armstrong. Thoughts and prayers are with you Diane and family

October 02, 2021

Always in our hearts.   Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
Lloyd and Paula Funk

October 02, 2021

This is a big loss.  He will be missed!  Praying for the family…
Pete Doutt

October 02, 2021

Sorry for your loss Diane.  Praying for you and your family, Mary Calloway
Mary Calloway

October 02, 2021

My thoughts and prayers to your family , yes he was a great husband and father. Take care Dori and Diane.
Sherlyn Hess

October 02, 2021

Dear Diane and family,
 I was so sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. He was always such a nice, friendly guy. I am praying you will find comfort in your memories together.
Love, Jackie (Stoe) McCune

October 02, 2021

He was a terrific person. He will be missed
Kathleen Maurer

October 02, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss Diane. My heart goes out to you and your family. Many prayers for all. 
Doriece Jones

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