Roy R. Matson

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Roy R. Matson, of Marquette, retired from life on July 12, 2013, at Marquette County Medical Care Facility where he lived for the last 13 months.

Roy was born on March 27, 1931, to Vern and Minnie (Arglander) Matson in Chassell, MI. Roy’s early life was spent living in the Big Bay and Marquette lighthouses where his father was keeper.

Roy retired as Captain from the Marquette City Police Department in 1987 following 30 years of service. During his law enforcement career, he attended Northwestern University Leadership and Command School and Fort Collins Chemical School. He also taught various classes in NMU’s Criminal Justice Program.

From his youth and well into his retirement, Roy enjoyed competitive sports, winning medals, lettering in track, and playing goalie for the Houghton Hancock Junior Hockey Team and Houghton Lions. At 18 he was named MVP of the Copper Country Baseball League for being the “sensational young hurler” of the Chassell Cubs, and later pitched several years with the Hancock Merchants.

Roy served with the 14th Infantry, RA Army, in Germany during the Korean Conflict, being honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal in 1953.

Roy is survived by his wife, Kelly; daughter Suzanne (Chad) Matson Broadus, granddaughter, Zoe Matson Broadus, and grandson, Xander Matson Broadus, of Spokane, WA; sister-in-law, Gloria Matson, and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death besides his parents were eight siblings.

A private celebration of Roy’s life will take place at the couple’s residence for law enforcement and immediate family only on Thursday, July 25, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials in memory of Roy be directed to the Auxiliary at Marquette County Medical Care Facility, Marquette City Police Canine Fund or UPAWS.

Our heartfelt thanks to the amazing angels who cared for Roy at MCMCF.

The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at canalefuneral .com.