Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Forrest Mattix - Tuscola

Forrest Mattix

TUSCOLA – Forrest M. "Cork" Mattix, 84, of Tuscola passed away at 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at Sarah Bush Health Center, Mattoon.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2012, with visitation being held one hour prior to service, at Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 S. Main St., Tuscola. The Rev. Kenneth Roedder will officiate. Burial will be in the Tuscola Township Cemetery.
Cork Mattix was the youngest of five children born to the late H.J. and Laura (Goodman) Mattix on Nov. 11, 1927. He married the love of his life, Ann Weber, on Feb. 22, 1949, at Forty Martyrs in Tuscola.
Cork is survived by his children: son, Steve of Tuscola; daughter, Laura Peralta, and husband Fred of Mahomet; son, Phil, and his wife Sheila of Milwaukee; daughter, Theresa Quinn, and her husband Steve of Tuscola.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife and a son, Dr. Dana Mattix of Tuscola.
He was the loving grandfather of Michael Mattix of Lexington, Christopher (Lori) Mattix of St. Louis, Andrew (Beth) Peralta of Champaign, Emily Peralta of Urbana, Mackenzie Quinn of Tuscola and Ellie and Annie Mattix of Milwaukee; and loving great-grandfather of Matthew, Rylee and Sebastian Mattix.
Cork was preceded in death by his older sisters, Betty Hale, Lois Gates and Ruth Mattix, as well as an older brother, Robert Mattix.
After studying farm management services at the University of Illinois, he took over responsibility of the family farm and continued farming that ground until his retirement. He also worked as an operator at USI Chemical Co., Tuscola, for 30 years.
He was a member of the Tuscola Masonic Lodge 331, AF&AM, for 58 years as well as a longtime member of Tuscola Moose Lodge 729.
Cork enjoyed a full life flying his plane, riding motorcycles, fishing and working on the farm.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Dr. Dana Mattix Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o the Tuscola Community Foundation, P.O. Box 252, Tuscola, IL 61953 and the Tuscola Moose Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 182, Tuscola, IL 61953.
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