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Hubert Lewis Matney, 97, of Bloomington, passed away Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, at Hearthstone Health Campus in Bloomington. He was born Jan. 5, 1919, in Andersonville, the son of Chester and Mary (Scott) Matney.
He was a 1936 Milroy High School graduate. Hubert operated a business in Milroy for a few years before he was drafted into military service in 1942. While in the Army, he graduated from the Curtiss-Wright Technical Institute as an aircraft mechanic and he served with the 45th Air Depot Group in the 8th and 9th Air Force in England, France, and Germany. After the war ended in Europe, he assisted in dismantling the German Air Force and was discharged on Dec. 30, 1945, having achieved the rank of Staff Sgt.
He retired from Bloomington Public Service Indiana in 1983, after working more than 30 years in customer service and sales in Connersville, Greensburg, Columbus, Plainfield, and Bloomington.
Hubert was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.
He was a past master and 50-year member of Milroy Masonic Lodge #139 and Valley of Indianapolis Scottish Rite. He was a lifetime member and past distinguished club secretary of downtown Kiwanis Club (1980-1985), past director and ambassador for Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, past director of Bloomington United Way, past Chancellor Commander of Knights of Pythias Lodge in Milroy, past Post Commander of American Legion Post in Milroy and past President of Milroy Community Club.
Hubert is survived by his sister,Mary Lois Burgdoerfer, Connersville; brother, Chester Matney Jr., Milroy; Indiana; sons, Paul Matney, Columbus; David (Sally) Matney, Bloomington; Gary (Lori) Matney, Greenwood; daughter, Elizabeth Matney (Kate Crandell)Louisville, Kentucky. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva (Carr) Matney in 1996; parents; sisters, Gladys Buckley, Opal Shafer, and Bertha Gwinnup; and brothers, Lawrence and William Matney.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Milroy United Methodist Church. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. William Roth and Rev. David Mullens officiating. Burial will be in Old Milroy Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church of Bloomington for playground equipment.
Funeral services have been entrusted to Burns Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.burnsfuneralhome.com.
Published on November 7, 2016
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