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Leonard Lewis Matchinski

Leonard Lewis Matchinski, of Kalamazoo, passed away on June 3, 2021, at the age of 89. He was born on December 8, 1931, in Corinne, Michigan, the son of Reinhart and Alma (Lintz) Matchinski. He leaves his sister, Arlene Wages of St. Augustine, FL; three children: Kathie Dunlap and her spouse Daniel of Haubstadt, IN, Linda and her spouse William of Des Moines, WA, and Corlin Gabriel and his spouse Benjamynn of Occidental, CA. Leonard is also survived by four grandchildren: Ethan Matchinski and spouse Natalie of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, Daniel Dunlap and his spouse Rika of Dededo, Guam, Kimberly Rohrer and her spouse Matthew of Newburgh, IN, and Zackery Gabriel of Occidental, CA; three great grandchildren, brothers Gavin and Noah Rohrer and Kai Dunlap; and many nieces and nephews. Leonard was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Patricia Rose (Archambeau); sons Donald James and Anthony Gerald; and siblings Charles (Ruth), Lawrence (Susan), and Carol (Gus) Gustafson. Leonard had a heart of gold and the gift of giving. He was born in his father's logging camp, and grew up in Manistique, MI working on his family’s Dairy Farm. He met the love of his life, Patrica Archambeau, and they married soon after in 1953. They settled in Kalamazoo in 1957, where Leonard worked at the Michigan Highway Department as a heavy equipment operator, until his retirement in 1983. Leonard was alway tinkering on a project, or crafting giant wooden woodpeckers, puzzles, and frying pan magnets, which he loved gifting to children and others he would meet. He volunteered for years at the Kellogg Forest Sugar Shack, tapping maple trees and manning the fire. He was always ready for a game of cribbage, a 500-card game, or a meal out with friends. Leonard's kind and generous heart will be missed by many. There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, June 26, 2021, from 11a.m. - 2p.m. at 7616 West Main, in Kalamazoo. Please bring food to share; in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Kellogg Biological Station (www.givingto.msu.edu Gift code: A51832). While visiting Leonard's tribute page please take a moment to light a candle or share a memory with the family. The Matchinski family is being assisted by Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 129 S. Grand Street, Schoolcraft, MI 49087. 269-679-5622.

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I was sadden to learn of Leonard's passing. Leonard and Pat were dear, dear friends to my parents for many years and held a special place in our hearts. After the passing of my parents, we remained in touch via old-fashion (no texting) phone calls. He often spoke of visiting long time friends and playing cards. Through the years, I have been the grateful recipient of his little handcrafted gifts. I asked him once how many little fry pans he had made. He just smiled, shook his head and said, "Lots"! I especially remember how he loved fresh picked blueberries. I want his family to know what a blessing their parents were to my family through the years. I feel the loss and support you with my prayers. Sheila (Dow) Thompson

Sheila Thompson Jun 15 2021 8:33 AM

Hannah I dont think I could have said it better. Uncle Leonard was such a kind and creative soul, he is loved so dearly and we miss both him and Aunt Patsy. Thank you for sharing this picture!

Isabel Roseman Jun 12 2021 11:40 AM

Leonard was one of the finest friends I ever had. I'm very sorry to hear about Leonard's passing. He was such a wonderful guy who always thought about others much more than he did himself, and was loved by everybody. We enjoyed watching baseball games together. He also was a wonderful cribbage player. I only beat him once in all the years we played together! He actually played to win. Leonard enjoyed making little gifts for people, and always brought them for all the staff in my nursing home when he came to visit. I was lucky to have known him, and I will miss him so much. I'm sorry I didn't realize how bad his health was recently. God bless him. Robert Kavelman Friend June 6, 2021

Robert Kavelman Jun 7 2021 9:56 PM

Uncle Leonard has finally been reunited with his sweet Patsy. Probably singing and playing piano with my Grandma and Grandpa or enjoying a good card game! Uncle Len made us a beautiful cherry table for a wedding gift. It sits in my living room and its my special place for some of my favorite plants. He was the puzzle master and could keep us kids entertained for hoursIm sure my parents were thankful for that. He always had on a smile and certainly knew how to tell a good story. My favorite story was heard on this last trip to visit 3yrs agoit was about their first date. I laughed till I cried and didnt want to leave them. Uncle Leonard had such an artistic and creative mind. I always admired his ability to create things. He could find beauty and purpose in things some people might call junk. Im reminded of him every time I see his frying pan on the fridge, or when I use his fork to hold one of my Grandmas recipes. Uncle Leonard will be dearly missed but Im happy to have shared many laughs with him. Praying for peace and healing for all during this time. Sending all our Love from the Reids.

Hannah Reid Jones Jun 7 2021 7:59 PM

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