Retired Sgt. 1st Class Roger “Butch” Matson, age 78, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, died Thursday, July 19, 2018, at his home, of stage IV esophageal cancer.
Mr. Matson was born August 26, 1939, in Pittsburg, Kansas, the son of Glenn Matson (Kirkwood, Kansas) and Elsie Standley (Monmouth, Kansas). He was a lifetime resident of Southeast Kansas. He attended Pittsburg schools and graduated from College Heights in 1957.
He married Judith Sayre on January 20, 1962, in Pittsburg. She survives at the home on Maple Road, where they have lived since 1994.
Mr. Matson was employed by the Kansas National Guard, which he joined at age sixteen. He worked at the Field maintenance Shop at Fort Scott. He retired from the Guard as sergeant first class in 1999.
In retirement until shortly before death, he worked as a master electrician. Mr. Matson was a member of the First Church of God, Fort Scott, for over fifty years. Recently, he was designated as a Lifetime Trustee, having served the church in many volunteer roles.
He is survived by his wife; one son, Quinton, Kansas City, Missouri; two daughters, Quita Coffman, Fort Scott, and Dana Noe, Girard, Kansas; one sister, Patsy Ferrell, Woorster, Ohio; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
No funeral service will be held. Friends may call on the family from 2:00 until 3:30 PM Sunday, July 22, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Cremation will follow.
Private family interment in the U. S. National Cemetery, Fort Scott, will take place at a later date. The family suggests expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorials to the Wounded Warrior Project and may be left in the care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at www.cheneywitt.com .