MONTICELLO – Walter H. "Bud" Matthews Jr., 71, of Monticello passed away at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (March 3, 2015) at Kirby Medical Center, Monticello.
Walter was born Oct. 9, 1943, in Champaign, the son of Walter H. and Mary (Johnson) Matthews. He married Lynda Tipsword on May 21, 1965, in Champaign.
Walter is survived by his wife, Lynda Matthews of Monticello; daughters, Ronda Buchanan (Kevin) and Holly Wingstrom, both of Monticello; son, John Matthews (Michelle) of Monticello; seven grandchildren; and a sister, Barbara Price (Jack) of Urbana.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Walter was a retired plumber. He was a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 149, the Monticello Masonic Lodge 58 AF&AM, the Bloomington Consistory and the Ansar Shrine of Springfield. Bud enjoyed hunting, fishing and telling fishing stories.
Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Monticello United Methodist Church. A memorial service will held at 11 a.m. Saturday immediately following the visitation with the Rev. Greg Courtright officiating. Mackey-Wright Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to the Piatt County Food Pantry, Kirby Medical Center or the Ronda Buchanan Cancer Care Packages.