In Loving Memory…

Michael F. Matchael, Sr.

Michael Fred Matchael Sr., 75, of Columbia, formerly of Sedalia, died Friday, March 8, 2019, at University of Missouri Health Care in Columbia.

Mike was born September 2, 1943, in Carthage, to Joe and Gladys (Baker) Matchael.

He was united in marriage to Mary Louise Haynes on July 28, 1961, in Joplin. Together they raised a son, Michael Jr. and a daughter, Mary Kim.

Mike attended Mark Twain Elementary School and graduated from Carthage Senior High in 1961.

He was employed nine years for Upsher Laboratories based in Kansas City, and 31 years for Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia as a Medical Technologist. In 1972, he founded Bothwell Hospital Employees Credit Union. He had served as state president of the American Medical Technologists. After his retirement he volunteered at University of Missouri Health Care.

Mike held various leadership positions at Parkview Christian Church in Sedalia and helped plan, construct and manage Koinonia Heights, the senior apartments for his church. He sang with a southern gospel quartet “King’s Redeemed.” He was currently a member of Forum Christian Church in Columbia.

Besides his son and daughter, he delighted in spending time with and watching his grandsons grow up. His free time interests were fishing, woodworking, birds and flowers.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Mary, of the home; his son, Michael F. Matchael Jr. (Daniela), of Athens, TX; his daughter, Mary Kim Rhoads (Monte), of Columbia; two grandchildren, Payton and Sam (Abby); two step-grandchildren, Ian and Matthew; a great-granddaughter, Kinsley; his brother, Joseph L. Matchael, of Naples, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Jolene M. Rice; and a brother, Richard B. Matchael.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 14, at Heckart Funeral Home, with Rev. Dan Sites officiating.

Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Show-Me Christian Youth Home or Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.


  1. Mary & Mike, My deepest condolences to you and your family. May the memories in which you shared be of comfort to you now and in the future.

  2. Rest In Peace my friend, GOD has a place waiting for you.

  3. William T. M. Murray

    Mary, I’m so sorry to hear about Mike’s passing, Stewart Johnson posted it on FB. I sure remember Mike at Mark Twain Elem. & also at Carthage Sr. HS. We met at the last Class of 1961 reunion, I’ll sure miss Mike but He’ll be remembered at Mass this Sunday & He’ll always be remembered at our future Class reunions, you also have my prayers.. Bill Murray, Undertaker-semi-retired..

  4. Pamela Vaught

    What an amazing example of a life well lived! My sympathy to the family. May the peace of Jesus surround you during this ime.

  5. Roxanne wirtz

    We are so sorry to hear about your dad. He was such a kind and gentle man. We always enjoyed visiting with him and his wife Mary. We will miss him.
    Prayers and hugs to all of you.
    Love you all….
    Randy and Roxanne

  6. Mary and family,

    So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Your dad was one of my all time favorite people!!
    We will be thinking about and praying for you in the days to come.

    Amy, Jordan and Logan Dey

  7. So sorry for your loss.

  8. I am sorry to hear of Mike’s passing as he was another of my 1961 CHS classmates. I am, however, blessed to read of the wonderful life he lived and the knowledge his obituary conveys of the Christian works he did with the assurance of his everlasting life.
    Reta (Osborne) Castor

  9. Marc Livingston, MT(ASCP)

    I am so sorry about your loss. I worked for Mike at Bothwell from 1983 to 1993. He was a good man. He will be missed. Prayers are being sent your way.

  10. Marilynne (Smith) Williams

    So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Enjoyed knowing him in high school and at the reunions. Prayers for the family

  11. So sorry for the loss of your Dad, Mary. You enjoyed special time with him recently that was surely a gift. May your memories be cherished and your comfort secure in our Heavenly Father

  12. Kay E Abbiatti

    We have lost an awesome and Christian man. Always enjoyed our class reunions together. May you hold all of your special memories dear to your heart.

  13. John and Sandy Chappell

    Mike allowed the SFCC CTC Health Occupations students into the laboratory for career exploration with a smile and a nod. Our deepest sympathy to Mike’s family.

  14. Jan & Steve Henson

    Mary – We cannot take away the pain but hope the memories over the past 57 years bring comfort to you and your family. Hugs from us whenever you need them! Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers!

  15. My sympathy to you Mary and your family. Mike was very special to me you know that such a dear friend. Keeping you and your family in my prayers

  16. Diana and Barry Doty

    So sorry for your families loss. Sending our love and prayers for peace for you and your entire family.

  17. Mary,

    So sorry to hear about your father, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  18. My deepest sympathy to you, Mary, and your family. I will never forget how kind Mike was to me when my husband, Claude Cromer was hospitalized for surgery in April 2018 in University of Missouri Health Care. I had gone to retrieve his belongings where they were stored until he was assigned to a room. I became hopelessly lost in doing so and was in tears, and stopped to ask Mike how to get to where his belongings were. Mike got a wheel chair, took me to the lockers to get the belongings, and took me all the way back to my husband’s room. I will never forget Mike’s kindness, caring, and efficient manner of helping me.

  19. Mary and family,What a fantastic guy. He was thought of so highly by both Don and myself. A life well lived. Heaven and great friends will await him. Janet Proctor

  20. Harold and Marian Schroeder

    Mary and family: So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all thru this time of sorrow.

  21. Gloria And Clayton Wright

    A Man Of God, A Gentleman, Loved By All. He Will Be Missed. Prayers To Mary And Family.

  22. Blessings to Mary and the family. Mike was such a warm and wonderful person and I have fond memories of him while growing up in Parkview Christian Church. I know my dad, Manny, enjoyed singing with him in the Kings Redeemed. May the comfort of the Holy Spirit dwell with you during this time.

  23. Joyce Welch Cawood

    Mark Twain Elementary school has many fond childhood memories for me, and Mike is one of them. He was always a very nice boy and kind to all. Mike’s life said so much and this scripture came to mind when I heard of his passing. “I have finished the course, I have kept the faith . . . . there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness. . . .” 2 Timothy 4:7. May Mike’s family treasure the memories that have been left behind by a life well lived.

  24. Michael,
    I know you from FBC Athens & a few of the concerts I attended with the TVCC. I had no other way to send you a card but wanted to express my sympathies for your family’s loss. From what I had heard via Kyle he is in a much better place now. Hope to see you again soon. God be with you & your family as you celebrate the good years of his life.

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