Leon Paul Matzker, 70, of Vandalia

Leon Paul Matzker, 70, of Vandalia, passed away on Thursday, May 07, 2020 at his family farm in Shafter.

A Memorial Mass in honor of Leon will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, May 07, 2021 at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Scott Snider officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the VCHS Wrestling Team. Online condolences may be expressed at www.hohltandfilefh.com

Leon Paul Matzker was born October 18, 1949 in Vandalia, the son of Anton Joseph and Mildred Serena (Gudehus) Matzker. He married Cheryl Hicks and together they had four children.

Leon was selfless, humble, and kind; a true down to earth man. He was proud to have served in the Army during Vietnam. Leon enjoyed going to VCHS sporting events and cheering on the wrestling and football teams. He loved farming, his classic 1970 Mustang, and especially his children; giving them anything and everything they needed. He was a member of Mother of Dolors Catholic Church and IFOR-Illinois Federation for Outdoor Resources.

He is survived by his spouse, Cheryl Matzker of Vandalia; daughters, Stephanie Matzker of Vandalia, Christina and husband Clayton Wright of Kingsland, GA, and Meagan Matzker and fiancé Jerrod Reed of Effingham; son, Steven Matzker of Vandalia; grandson, Colin Reed of Effingham; brothers, Dean Matzker and wife Genny of Vandalia and Bill Matzker and wife Cheryl of O’Fallon; sisters, Marie and husband Keith Washburn of Springfield, Cathy Diveley of Springfield, and Rita and husband Rick King of Springfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Anton and Millie Matzker.