RETIRED COLONEL ERIC KNOX MATSON went to the Lord April 27, 2023. He was not only a husband and father, but also a brother, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather, and mentor to so many. He was born in Bolivar, PA at home on the family dairy farm to Richard Matson Sr. and Marjorie Matson. He had two brothers Richard Matson Jr. (Betty Joan) and Ronald Matson (Beverly). He has one sister Linda Jane Guyer (David). He graduated from Ligonier High school in 1959. He graduated from Penn State in 1963 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He then became a commissioned officer in the USAF, was stationed in many states, and served overseas in Germany at Ramstein AFB. He also went on to earn his Master's degree in Computer Science. He retired from the Air Force after 28 ½ years of service to his country and then worked at the Dept of Energy for 15 years. He loved working on his home, garden, blueberry patch, and genealogy; and he loved caring for 45+ foster children. He shared his many talents, tenacity, and hard-working attitude with others by serving our Lord on mission trips locally as well as to Mississippi and Alabama.
He is survived by his wife Sandra Kay Matson of 55+ years, sister Jane, sister-in-law BJ; his children Melissa Harner (Charles) of Mt Airy, MD, Shawn Matson (Sharne) of Acton CA, Ryan Matson (Amanda) of Tracy, CA, and Dario Matson. He has many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who always made him smile- Jacob, Cameron, Kayla, Chace, Rafferty, Mikayden, Beckett, Sophia, Alexis, Stella, and Lane. He also has many nephews, nieces, and cousins whom he loved spending time with at reunions and tracing through his genealogy research. He will be missed dearly. Rest In Peace my Dear. We will see you again.
We would like to thank everyone for their loving support over the years including Sun Valley Assisted Living staff, Bridging Life Hospice, and Redeemer Lutheran of Damascus. In lieu of flowers please consider giving to one of these organizations.
Graveside services will be conducted Friday May 26, 2023 at 11:00am at the Ligonier Valley Cemetery with military honors.
A luncheon will follow at the Stu Matson Pavilion, 354 Knupp Road, Bolivar, PA 15923.
Online condolences may be made to www.mccabefuneralhomespa.com.