Gerald J. Matus, 81

Gerald J. “Jerry” Matus, 81, of Wampum, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, January 9, 2021 at his residence.

Born June 2, 1939 in New Castle, he was the son of the late John and Alferetta “Freddie” Aloe Matus.

Jerry was the owner and operator of Matus Service Center and Auto Sales in Wampum. He was a well known race car driver and four time track champion at Lernerville Speedway. He was a helicopter and airplane pilot, he also instructed and flew ultralights. In Jerry’s free time, he enjoyed going to the casino.

Survivors include two daughters, Sonya (Jim) Mangino, Sherry (Kevin) Genareo; son, Brent (Jackie) Matus all of Wampum; two grandsons, Brandon Matus and Jimmy Mangino; four granddaughters, Elisabeth (John) Garvin, Brittany Sipe, Jessica Mangino, Raelynn Genareo; six great grandchildren; and sister Marilynn (Chuck) Johnston of Wampum.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday January 12, 2021 from 4:00 pm until the time of the funeral service at 7:00 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 341 Main Street, Wampum, with Pastor Gary Arnold officiating. Interment will follow in Clinton Cemetery.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, all visitors are asked to wear a mask and social distance.

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16 thoughts on “Gerald J. Matus, 81

  1. Our prayers and sympathy go out to Jerry’s family. He was a very good man great friend to my father “John Vansovich” may he Rest In Peace. Barb & Bob Taylor

  2. We are deeply saddened by your loss of Jerry. He was a wonderful person who was always a pleasure to be around. Please accept our condolences to his entire family. May the memories you’ve made throughout his lifetime help you through these difficult times.
    RIP Jerry

  3. Wishing you comfort during this difficult time. Our racing community has lost a wonderful man. He always brightened our day.

    The Ferree Family

  4. Our condolences to the family of Jerry. I will forever remember him as a good friend and a very popular classmate. I admired him as a person who was fearless as a very successful race car driver and pilot, always smiling while participating. We are all slightly poorer with his loss.

  5. I am so sorry to hear about Jerry, he was such a wonderful man! I will always remember his laugh and all of the stories he used to tell. My thoughts & prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time.

  6. Richard and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Matus family. We were glad to see the Matus Racing family at Lernerville last summer, Covid and all. I first meet Jerry when I was a score keeper at several tracks in 1973. I will forever remember his little smirk of a smile. Sorry for this major racing void.

  7. We enjoyed pushing Jerry in the sprint #15 for years at Lernerville Thoughts and Prayers are with the Family
    Deepest Sympathy

  8. Brent, Brandon and Family

    You have our deepest sympathy on your loss. It was a pleasure doing business with Jerry over the years. He will be missed. May he rest in the peace.

  9. Brent,Brandon and Family

    Thoughts and prayers with all of you during this difficult time. He was a good man and a good family friend. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
    May God rest his soul.

  10. Great memories of a friend and competitor. We go back to when dad John was wrenching the car in his white coveralls. We send our condolences and prayers to the family and all the Matus followers. Thanks for the memories my friend.

  11. My condolences to the Matus family. Flew ultralights with Jerry & had known him about 40 years. Always enjoyed his humor & stories he told.

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