James Arley Matz, 88, of Vermillion, South Dakota passed away peacefully on Monday, February 10, 2020 at his residence.
Upon his request, there is no service being planned.
James was born on May 11, 1931, the son of John & Velma (Wood) Matz in Sioux City, IA.
He enlisted in United States Army and served his country.
He was an employee at Waldbaums Factory – Egg Plant in Norfolk, Nebraska. That was where he met his late wife, Letha. He also was a ground taker at Meckling Cemetery in Meckling, South Dakota. He was a self-employed for the lawn service in surrounding areas.
James was a member of the Antique Club and was very proud of his antique car that was displayed in the shows and participated in the parades.
In his spare time, he loved fishing, drinking beers, and hanging out with the women. He also loved to attend many auctions. He had a heart of gold with feeding the ducks, peacocks, pigeons, roosters, and chickens. He was an avid collector of guns and clocks. James was often found at TOBY’S Bar & Grills.
James was survived by his children, James, Jerry and Cathy Matz; his 11 grandchildren, Barbie (Laddie) Godfrey, Amy (Cristobal) Francisco, Billy (Sabrina) Nelson, Samantha, Joshua, Jami, Joey, Taylor, Ryan, Brittany, and Stephanie; and 8 great-grandchildren, Colby, Joey, Summer, Brayden, Aydan-Lee, Michael, Zoey, and Amanuel; two nieces, and three nephews; his brother, John Matz.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cindy Wright; mother, Burnest Matz; his father, John; brother, Larry, his grandparents, his late wife, Letha, one great-granddaughter, Letha-Collette-Margaret Woods Matz.
Kober Funeral Home of Vermillion has been entrusted with the services. Condolences may be posted online to www.koberfuneralhome.com.