Celebrating the life of John Lafe Matern
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He was born August 15, 1970 in Galesburg to Francis G. and Grace Downard Matern.
He is survived by his mother, Grace D. Matern Bates of Dahinda, IL; siblings, Edward F. (Erin) Matern of Monmouth, IL, Katrina M. (Dana) Dorethy of Laura, IL, Michael Bates of Hazel Green, AL, Penny (Byron) Devers of Galesburg, IL, Gina (Dennis) Bantz of Williamsfield, IL and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Francis G. Matern; stepdad, William R. Bates; maternal grandfather, Chester Downard and maternal grandmother, Ruby “Fern” Downard.
Cremation has been accorded and a graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Knoxville Cemetery on North Market Street in Knoxville, IL.`.
The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co. Pekin/Peoria is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at csmico.com
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