Darwin D. Matthews

Born: Mon., May 11, 1942
Died: Mon., May 3, 2021


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., May 06, 2021
Location: Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home- Nokomis Location

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Fri., May 07, 2021
Location: Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home- Nokomis Location

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Darwin D. Matthews 78 of Nokomis, Illinois passed away Monday May 4, 2021 at Carle Hospital, Urbana, Illinois.  The son of Lonnie and Opal (Funderburk) Matthews he was born May 11, 1942 in Hillsboro, Illinois.  He married Brenda Michael June 5, 1965 at the First Baptist Church, Nokomis. She survives as do sons Darren (Rhonda) Matthews of Miami, FL., Doug (Monica) Matthews of Smithville, TN., daughter Dana (Zach) Mizeur of Taylorville, IL., grandchildren Samantha Barnett, Kyle McQuillan, Ryan Matthews, Amber Matthews, Caleb and Sophia Mizeur and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Dennis Matthews.

Darwin was in the US Marine Corps for 4 years, 1960 to 1964. He worked for Firestone Tire and Rubber company for nine years. In 1971 he started his business as owner/operator of Matthews Backhoe Service retiring in 2010. He was a member of Local 520 IUOE, Nokomis Masonic Lodge, Nokomis Lions Club and Nokomis Sportsman's Club Darwin had a great work ethic and moral values and passed these to his children. He loved Nascar (#3). He had "a one-of-a-kind sense of humor" (you probably have a story).

Funeral services will be held Friday May 7, at 10:30 am at Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis with visitation Thursday evening from 5 to 8 pm also at the funeral home. Burial at Nokomis Cemetery with full military honors.by Nokomis American Legion and the US Marines. Memorials are suggested to Grace Baptist Church and Nokomis Cemetery Assn.  Brenda and her family request you attend in casual attire.

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The Brow Family
   Posted Tue May 04, 2021
Our Heartfelt Condolences to you in such a difficult time. May God usher you and your family with peace and comfort.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted...Matthew 5:4

Carol Meier Ferguson
   Posted Wed May 05, 2021
I am so sorry to learn about Darwin. God decided it was time to call him home. May he be at rest. Prayers and hugs for you and your family.

Carol Meier Ferguson

P.S. I recall talking with Darwin and that he knew my dad, Everett 'Hap' Meier, a mechanic at Nokomis Implement. That was nice to hear, meant a lot.

Keith & Cindy Hancock
   Posted Thu May 06, 2021
Brenda & kids, so sorry for your loss. Darwin was a great guy and was always ready to help a person out in need. He is remembered in our household more than once, on how he helped the City of Nokomis out many of times during bad weather and ice storms. Blessing and prayers.
Keith & Cindy Hancock

Carolyn Berens
   Posted Fri May 07, 2021
Brenda and family, so sorry to hear of Darwin’s passing. Dumb Dumb was my dance partner many times. I couldn’t have ask for a better friend in our youth. Brenda I will always remember his laugh and the fun we always had on double dates. Prayers and hugs to the family, let your wonderful memories help you through these sad times.

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