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1942 Gary 2021

Gary L. Mathews

December 20, 1942 — January 23, 2021

Gary L. Mathews, 78, of Canton passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born December 20, 1942 in Dover he was a son of the late Raymond and Betty Metzger Mathews. Gary was also preceded in death by his brother, Dennis Mathews.

He was a 1960 graduate of Dover High School; upon his graduation, Gary enlisted with the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, he served for eight years having attained the rank of Sergeant. Following his discharge, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Malone College. Gary started his working career with Ashland Oil (now Marathon Oil) as a Chemical Engineer, and eventually became an Electrician having retired in 2001 after more than 30 years of service. He was a member of the Eagles Club #2370 in Canton, Life Member of the VFW Post #3124 in Massillon, American Legion also of Massillon, Tadmor Shrine in Akron, and the Clinton Lodge #47 in Massillon where he served as a Master Mason.

Gary will be sadly missed by his wife of 52 years, Miyuki Kitsanuki Mathews whom he married on May 31, 1968; daughters, Lisa (Timothy) Milner of Georgia, Brinda (Douglas) Smith of Canton; grandchildren, Jacob (Chrissy) Milner, Jerica (Ethan) Tanner, Kyla (Josh) Lorenz, Kelsy (Michael) Smith-Durbin, Kassidy Smith; nine great grandchildren; siblings, Tim (Marty) Mathews of Georgia, Jeff (Julie) Mathews of Michigan, Ed Mathews, and Sally Mathews both of Florida.

Due to Covid-19, private family services will be held. The Toland-Herzig Funeral Home and Crematory at Dover is handling arrangements. Those wishing to express their fondest memories of Gary may do so by visiting the online obituaries link on the funeral home’s website.

The family would like to thank Aultman Hospice for their wonderful and compassionate care shown towards Gary. Thank You.

Memorial contributions may be made to Aultman Hospice at 2821 Woodlawn Ave. NW, Canton, Ohio 44708.

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