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Patrick Lee Van Matre

July 24, 1944 -
July 5, 2018

Patrick Lee Van Matre was born in Manhattan, Kansas July 24, 1944 to Rolla and Marjorie
(Ellsworth) Van Matre. They moved to Bement, IL and Pat was the oldest of 3 children. His 2 siblings were Charles (Chuck) and Cheryl.
Pat ranked in the top 10 in his Bement High School graduating class of 35. Pat enlisted in th…read more

Patrick Lee Van Matre was born in Manhattan, Kansas July 24, 1944 to Rolla and Marjorie
(Ellsworth) Van Matre. They moved to Bement, IL and Pat was the oldest of 3 children. His 2 siblings were Charles (Chuck) and Cheryl.
Pat ranked in the top 10 in his Bement High School graduating class of 35. Pat enlisted in the Navy with his brother in 1964, where he served as an electronics technician until his honorable discharge (E5) in 1968 with a National Defense Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal with one bronze star.
He settled in Champaign and for the next two decades enjoyed his time fishing–catching an 8lb walleye the same day as his brother in Lake Shelbyville. He also loved to bowl and earned a place in the Champaign County Bowling Hall of Fame in 1985. His favorite sport was golfing and played to a low 6 handicap. Beginning at age 12 Pat enjoyed a lifelong passion for the game of golf. He and his wife, Diane explored courses throughout the Midwest, Gulf coast, Texas Hill Country, and Arizona desert, achieving a hole-in-one at Harrison Park in Danville.
He learned and taught his way through the car industry for nearly thirty years, beginning his career in sales and was fondly known as ‘the most honest used-car salesman’ then moved into General Management. Because of his knowledge, skills and rapport, he then advanced to an independent buyer for numerous dealerships
He married Diane in 1994 and after successfully battling her cancer in 2002, they embarked on a purpose-driven journey together, finding fellowship at Grace Church in Mahomet for 16 years, six of which Pat served as a Deacon.
For 13 years, he engaged in the men’s Bible Study Fellowship at the First Baptist Church in Savoy, where he led discussion groups for two years, and treasured sharing the experience with his grandson, Chris.
In 2015, Pat & Diane became members at Meadowbrook Community Church in Champaign, where he served in hospitality, drove the church van, and participated in Men’s Bible Study.
He left the car industry along the way, seeing more opportunity to minister in a position with Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit. He served for 12 years, receiving the Outstanding Operator of the Year Award in 2016 and Employee of the Year in 2017.
Pat was a powerful listener with a radiant smile, devoted to bringing himself and others closer to God. He left in peace, secure in his faith, and bathed in the love and light he gave to so many…his presence will be deeply missed.
He will be dearly missed by his wife, brother, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and his ever faithful furry companion Sophie. Surviving is his wife Diane, children Leslie Van Matre Hunt, Tisha Wiseman, Jennifer Van Matre, Lisa(Andy) Denno, and Scot Pruitt, grandchildren Liberty Wiseman, Lincoln Turner, Alahna Van Matre, Christopher Mukes, Michele Denno, Joey(Carolyn) Denno, Krystopher Pruitt, great grandchildren Landon Denno, Liam Denno, and brother Charles(Leanna) Van Matre.
Patrick was preceded in death by his parents, sister Cheryl Ann Roberson, and a great grandson, Jaxton Denno.
A celebration of Patrick’s life will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at Meadowbrook Church, 1902 S Duncan Rd., Champaign, IL with Pastor Ron officiating. Military Rites will follow the service. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday July 9, 2018 at the church.
Memorial donations may be given to Meadowbrook Church.

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Visitation Information

Date: Monday, July 9, 2018

Time: 05:00 pm

Meadowbrook Community Church

Address:

1902 S. Duncan Rd.
Champaign, IL 61821
 

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Time: 11:00 am

Meadowbrook Community Church

Address:

1902 S. Duncan Rd.
Champaign, IL 61821
 

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