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John George Matous, 79, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Rice, Texas.
John was born in Ennis, Texas on Feb. 27, 1938 to Jerry and Frances (Vlk) Matous, Sr. He grew up in Ennis and graduated from St John High School in 1956. On Nov. 22, 1961 he married the love of his life Jeanette Reznicek and they made their home originally in Virginia Beach, VA, then to Forney, Texas and settled in Rice for the last 48 years. He served his country proudly in the United States Army.
John was self-employed as a carpenter with his brothers for many years and was the co-owner and operator of Ennis-U-Rent businesses in Ennis and Corsicana. He also worked farming and ranching. He was a member of St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, KJT and WFLA. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, working in his vegetable garden and raising doves. John had many interests and enjoyed many things, but his family and especially his grandchildren were the joy of his life.
He is survived by sons: John M. Matous and wife, Janet and Jason Matous and wife, Sharon; daughters: Julie Moore and husband, James and Jennifer VanZuuk; six grandchildren: Lane Matous, Dylan Moore, Hayley VanZuuk, Riley Moore, Trey VanZuuk and Matt Matous; one great-grandchild, Jett Brown; brothers: Jerry Matous, George Matous, Joe Matous, Walter Matous and Bobby Matous; sisters: Frances Novotny, Helen Barak, JoAnn Baw and Peggy Marroquin along with a multitude of extended family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Jeanette Matous on Feb. 9, 2015.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2017 in the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis with Rosary at 5 p.m.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 24, 2017 at in St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church with Fr. John Dick as celebrant. Pallbearers will be Joe Matous, Mark Matous, Danny Matous, Lane Matous, Dylan Moore, Riley Moore, Trey VanZuuk and Matt Matous. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.
Published on April 21, 2017
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