Michael R. Matern

Michael R. Matern, 71, of Raytown, MO passed away September 16, 2022 at St.Luke’s East Hospital.

Michael was born October 5, 1950 in Rockport, TX. He had numerous jobs including: inventory manager for Payless Cashways and Reliable Automotive, warehouse supervisor for Script Pro and was a warehouse worker for Centurion Medical Supply. Michael was a lifelong musician and artist, he enjoyed playing lead guitar. He was also a member of Connection Point Church in Raytown, MO.

He was preceded in death by: father, Ralph Matern; mother, Dorothy (Waller) Matern; and sister, Beverley VanCleave.

Survivors include: wife, Levella Gayle Matern of the home; sister, Lauri Fraser; son, Mason (Crystal) Matern and six grandchildren; stepson, Bryan (Julie) Watts and three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; stepson, Craig Watts and three grandchildren and one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions are suggested to: the Parkinson’s Research Foundation.

Visits: 2


  1. JEFF DRAKE on September 20, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    Gayle, Bryan, and family, I’m so sorry for the shock, pain, and grief you are going through with Mike’s sudden passing. While I didn’t know him well, he always was friendly and I always enjoyed seeing him. I pray you will take comfort in knowing that Mike is now in Heaven with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and you will see him again in Heaven one day.

  2. Winston Wainscott on September 20, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    Mike was my best friend in Portland, TX during the 60’s. We fished, hunted and played in the band. I lost track of him after high school only to “find” him again on Facebook just last year. He will be missed. His father helped my mother and me build a new house in Portland, TX on Euclid Circle in 1963 that backed up to the new Methodist Church. Rockport was our favorite “launching point” when we fished together. Many happy hours were spent in his dad’s 18′ deep vee hull Gulf boat. Mike and I Also duck hunted and goose hunted and marched about a million miles from 1965 through 1969 in the Wildcat Marching 100. We won many sweepstakes in those years.

  3. Jim & Bonnie Pabst on September 21, 2022 at 7:58 am

    Gayle, myself and Jim was sad to hear about Mike’s passing.

    He was truly was of the nicest people we ever met.

    Our prayers are with you and your family.

    God bless

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