Clarence E. “Buzz” Matter, age 87, of Delano, passed away Friday, March 17, 2017, with his family by his side.
He was born July 5, 1929, in Delano, to Clarence, Sr. and Goldie (Keplinger) Matter. Buzz lived and worked on the family farm his whole life; being the only son with six sisters.
He married his high school sweetheart, Virginia Dunn.
Buzz also worked as a bus driver and enjoyed coffee with friends after the morning jobs were completed.
Buzz loved spending time with his family. He had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed socializing with others.
After retiring, Buzz enjoyed fishing and sharing his catch with loved ones.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Goldie; daughter-in-law Pam Matter; and sisters Dorothy Jamma, Pam Zins, and Bonnie Pawelk.
Buzz is survived by his wife of 66 years, Virginia; children Dan (special friend Terri), Debbie (Doug) Motzko, Denise (Steve) Fahy, Duane (Janice), and Darcy (Curt) Johnson; 12 grandchildren: Dan (Erin) Matter, Jr., Jeff (Jenny) Holovnia, Tristan (Jon) Mors, Paul (Aumori) Matter, Laura Matter (fiancé Jeremy Spike), Lee Johnson, Jeremiah Johnson, Jeanine (Joel) Pantzke, Shelly (Ken) Theis, Carrie (Derek) Lindberg, Nicole (Gary) Holman, Nate Matter (special friend Kari Schroeder), Travis Johnson, and Katelyn Johnson; and 19 great-grandchildren: Asher, Emma, Dalton, Weston, Adlyn, Braxton, Ben, Alex, Haley, Mila, Brock, Tyler, Chandler, Alec, Garrett, Chloe, Skyler, Lydia, and Austin.
Buzz is further survived by three sisters: Marian Boll, Vivian Herrman, and Betty Boll; and many other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday, March 22 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano. Interment was in the Calvary Cemetery in Delano.
There was visitation Tuesday, March 21 from 4 to 8 p.m., in Martha’s Hall of St. Peter Catholic Church, with a 3:30 p.m. rosary service; and continued Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m.
Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home of Delano.