Matthew Clarke Banks Jr., 83, of Jeromesville, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at his home.
He was born July 25, 1929, in New Philadelphia, the son of Matthew Clarke and Katherine Lucille Rausch Banks Sr. He was a 1948 graduate of Sugarcreek-Shanesville High School, and moved to Jeromesville in 1950. He became a farmer and in later years drove truck for Larry Enderle.
He was a member of Mohicanville Community Church and with his wife, Shirley, were foster parents for 20 years.
Matt followed the local men's fast pitch softball across the country and was an avid bowler. He collected hats and bowling balls.
Surviving are his wife, Shirley Glorene Becker Banks, whom he married Dec. 3, 1951 in Mohicanville; sons, Eric (Judie) Banks of Jeromesville, Jeff (Kathy) Banks of Ashland and Michael Banks of Columbus; daughters, Kathy (Victor) Robison of Mohicanville and Beryl (Jim) Klingel of Wooster; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; his stepmother, Lucille Banks of Ashland; sisters, Margaret Hamsher of Dover and Lois Vahdati-Bana of Hilliard; and a stepsister, Darlene (Jim) Anderson of Jeromesville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Doran Banks on Nov. 11, 2001; an infant sister, Carol Banks, sisters, Mary Rice and Barbara Jane Keener; and a brother, Bob Banks.
Memorial services were Sunday, Oct. 21 at Mohicanville Community Church, with pastor Mike Nicholson officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House, 1050 Dauch Drive, Ashland 44805; or Jeromesville Fire Department, 1 North St., Jeromesville 44840.
Fickes Funeral Home in Jeromesville, assisted the family with arrangements.