Ronie M. Matthews, 70

MARCH 4, 1941-NOV. 22, 2011

November 22, 2011
  • Ronie M. Matthews
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Ronie M. Matthews, 70, of Hagerstown, Md., passed peacefully from this life Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, at his home.

Born March 4, 1941, in Dayton, Ohio, he was the son of the late Romie C. and Ella Mae (Enman) Matthews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jeanne (Brissette) Matthews.

Mr. Matthews was a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy. Having achieved the rank of chief petty officer, he served as a gunner’s mate for three tours in Vietnam. He also served as a member of the crew that built the USS Bainbridge nuclear destroyer and was aboard for the worldwide tour.

Ronie retired in 1986 from the Maryland Correctional Training Center, where he worked as a correctional officer.

He was a lifetime member of William D. Byron VFW Post 1936 in Hagerstown, Dixon-Troxell American Legion Post 211 in Funkstown, Md., and formerly was a member of AMVETS Post 10 in Hagerstown.

Ronie is survived by his wife, Mary F. (Bowers) Matthews; four sons, Michael C. Matthews and his wife, Bonnie, of Warren, Maine, Daniel J. Matthews and his wife, Sue, of Smithsburg, Md., Thomas J. Rice and his wife, Debra, of Jackson, Mich., and Rodney L. Rice and his wife, Lori, of Ocala, Fla.; one sister, Jane E. Hurd and her husband, Jim, of Hagerstown; 17 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He will also be deeply missed by his special and loving dog, Missey.

In addition to his parents and his first wife, he was preceded in death by two sons, James and Darren Matthews; and his brother, Dennis Matthews.

A funeral ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. The Rev. Clarence Hurd will officiate. Military honors will be rendered immediately following the ceremony at the funeral home by the Marine Corps League and AMVETS Post 10 of Hagerstown. Interment services will be held privately.

The family will receive friends Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at

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