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.