Harold Lester Matlick, age 92 years, a resident of the Blackman Heights Community, Hambleton, WV, departed this life Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Lavender Fields Assisted Living at Beverly, WV. He had been in declining health.
He was born Friday, July 4, 1924 at Newburg, WV a son of the late Arthur Edwin and Arizona Wolfe Matlick. On September 23, 1944 at Red House, MD, he was married to the former Mary Lee Shriver, who preceded him in death January 31, 2014.
Surviving are one son, Gerold Sheldon Matlick and wife Lois of Parsons, WV; one daughter, Diane Ruth Matlick Wilfong Wade and husband Danny of Blackman Heights, Hambleton, WV; two sisters, Lucille Knotts and companion Luther Shahan of Marcus, WV and Velma Jean Shaffer and husband Karl, Jr. of Tacy ,WV; three grandchildren, Michael Sheldon Matlick and wife Whitney, Matthew Scott Wilfong and wife Jaymie and Dana Ellen Matlick Mahanes and husband Steve; two great grandchildren, Lyndsay Hart and Hunter Mahanes; one great great grandson Ryder Hart; and one nephew, Tony Palma.
Preceding him in death are one son, Keith Edmund Matlick; and one daughter, Carla Jean Matlick; one brother, Howard Dale Matlick; and two sisters, Hazel Marie Zinn and Elsie Virginia Shingleton; and his former son-in-law, Scott Wilfong.
He was a graduate of Fellowsville High School with the class of 1942. He was a Veteran of the Unites States Navy, serving during WWII. He attended Fairmont State and West Virginia University. Mr. Matlick was owner and operator of Dairy Farms in the 1950’s. He worked for the USGA as a soil conservation Technician and retiring in 1984, as a Conservationist. He then worked for the WV Soil Conservation District in Philippi, and later worked for Sunrise Construction. He was a member of the Parsons Kiwanis, the Osiris Shriners, the Pythagoras Lodge #128 A.F.&A.M. of Parsons and the First United Methodist Church of Parsons. He helped design and build the Golf Course in Holly Meadows and the first person to make a hole in one. He enjoyed driving to the restaurant in the mornings for biscuits and gravy and talking with his friends.
The family received friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons on Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. Final rites were conducted at the funeral home on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 11 a.m. The Rev. William Brown and The Rev. Dave Snyder officiated and interment followed at the Mt. Zion Cemetery at Preston County, where the United States Navy Guard, The Preston County Honor Guard and the Tucker County Veterans Association conducted full military honors; and the Pythagoras Lodge #128 A.F. & A.M. will conduct masonic graveside rites.
The family suggest that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to Lavender Fields Assisted Living, 150 Water St., Beverly, WV 26253. The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Harold Lester Matlick. Condolences may be expressed to the family at; www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.