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John L. "Papa Smurf" Matheny

March 16, 1947 April 8, 2010
John L. "Papa Smurf" Matheny
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John L. “Papa Smurf” Matheny, age 63, of Eaton, OH, went home peacefully to be with the Lord at the home of his stepdaughter and son-in-law on Thursday, April 08, 2010. He was born March 16, 1947 in Mt. Vernon, OH to Barbara C. Matheny and the late John S. Matheny. John was a truck driver for many years; was a truck driving instructor for U.S. Express for several years; he loved to attend Twin Valley Baptist Church, was an avid fisherman, hunter and loved the outdoors. He is survived by his wife of 12 years Pam D. Matheny of Eaton, OH; mother Barbara Matheny of Springfield, OH; daughter Janel Matheny of Springfield, OH; sister Sharon (Henry) Embry of Springfield, OH; stepdaughters Kristy (Paul) Petro and Michelle (Scott) Stamper both of Eaton, OH; grandchildren Brett Petro, Tanner Stamper, Makayla Stamper and Dillon Sage; nephew Jimmy (Dawn) Ferryman of Springfield, OH; niece Melissa (Derwin) Clark of Springfield, OH; great niece Tea Clark; and great nephew Jaeshaun Ferryman. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon, Monday, April 12, 2010 at the Girton Schmidt & Boucher Gard Funeral Home, 226 West Main Street, Eaton, OH with Pastor Randy Smith officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton, OH. Friends will be received from 10:00 A.M. until time of services at 12:00 Noon on Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Twin Valley Baptist Church, 1925 Eaton-Lewisburg Road, Eaton, OH 45320. Online condolences and other remembrances may be sent to the family by visiting

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