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Gaylord L. Matthews, 78, of Wesley, passed away Oct. 25, 2017, at Trinity Living Center in Grove City.
Gaylord was born April 14, 1939, in Irwin Township, Venango County to Charles "Willard" and June Elizabeth Walter Matthews.
Gaylord attended grade school in Wesley and graduated from Victory Joint School in 1957.
Gaylord was married to Elizabeth "Betty" Wike on June 24, 1961, she survives.
Gaylord stared his work career on the line crew for Tasa Coal Co. He also worked as a mechanic for Fowler's Pontiac Garage in Oil City. Gaylord started driving for his father's trucking company in 1961. In 1965 Gaylord started driving his own truck, which lead to him starting his own trucking company known as G.L Matthews Trucking. He owned and operated it for 37 years.
Gaylord's greatest enjoyment was farming, having started driving the tractors at age 7. He enjoyed his fields full of beef cattle and growing crops. Gaylord's loves where his wife, children his grandchildren.
Gaylord was a member of the Parker City-Allegheny Valley Lodge 521 F&AM. and Pleasantview Methodist Church.
Loved ones left to cherish his memory are his wife Betty of Wesley; his children, Bradley G. Matthews of Kennerdell, Brandy G. Ripley and her husband Mike of Slippery Rock, Brett G. Matthews and his wife Crystal of Kennerdell; his grandchildren, Shannon and her husband Jared Bence of Stoneboro, Michaela, Michenzie and Matthew Ripley, all of Slippery Rock, Emily, Brooke and Zackery Matthews of Kennerdell, and Gaylord's first great-grandchild will be here in January. His brother Floyd C. Matthews of Stoneboro and a sister Shirley M. Anderson of Maine also survive.
Gaylord was welcomed into heaven by his son, Brian G. Matthews, he passed Aug. 19, 2000; his parents; his father and mother in law Wilmer and Betty Wike; his brothers-in-law W. Edward Wike and Jeff Wike; and a sister-in-law Becky Matthews.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations to the Pleasantview Methodist Church in care of Gary Wike, 728 Melvin Road, Harrisville PA 16038 or to Alzheimer's Association of Pittsburgh 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

Gaylord L., 78, of Wesley.
Calling hours: Family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday (10-27-17) at the LARRY E. McKINLEY FUNERAL HOME, 109 Emlenton St, Clintonville. Friends can email condolences by visiting www.mckinleyfuneralhome.net
Funeral: 11 a.m. Saturday (10-28-17) at the funeral home with Rev. Ronald Hanky officiating, pastor of Pleasantview Methodist Church. Masonic service at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home by Parker City-Allegheny Valley Lodge 521 F&AM.
Interment: Pleasantview Methodist Cemetery.
Published on October 26, 2017
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