May 4, 1942 - June 8, 2017
Senior Master Sergeant Keith Gerald Matowitz entered eternal rest in San Anonio, Texas on June 18, 2017 at the age of 75. He was born to Frank and Evelyn (Bahr) Matowitz on May 4, 1942, in North Olmsted, Ohio, and now reunites with his parents.
Keith had a prominent military career. He enlisted in the U. S. Air Force in 1964, and honorably served his country for over 23 years. He was a recipient of numerous medals and ribbons, such as: Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, AF Commendation Medal with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Presidential Unit Citation, AF Outstanding Unit award with Valor and Two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, to list a few; along with numerous other service medals and ribbons. Keith flew in 200 combat missions during the Vietnam conflict in which he earned his 4 Air Medals and Distingusihed Flying Cross. It was then that he was exposed to the chemical, Agent Orange, which led him to courageousy battle cancer for over 30 years.
Keith had the undeniable love and support of his wife, Norma, for over 51 years. They were the love of each other's lives and treasured their love for each other. Keith was a loving and kind man who enjoyed golfing, playing cards, and loved animals. He leaves behind to treasure his memories, his loving wife Norma, son Scott and daughter-in-law Theresa, grandsons Shane and Cody, and many treasured relatives and friends.
The family will receive guests at Sunset Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 28, at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Service will continue on Thursday, June 29, 2017, with a 9:30 a.m. Celebration of Life at the funeral home with interment to follow in Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery at 11:15 a.m. with miitary honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Keith's honor may be made to www.Thrivewell.org, (210-593-5949), reference Dr. Beeram of the START Center for Cancer Care.
FT SAM HOUSTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
SAN ANTONIO, TX