Louis S. Matyas, age 89, of Helena, passed away February 28, 2019.
Louis Samuel Matyas was born on September 2, 1929 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Stephen Matyas and Magdoline Zekany. Louis was the youngest of eleven brothers all of whom have passed.
Louis married the love of his life Carol Lou Zwack on January 19, 1950. They were blessed with four daughters, Cindy, Melinda, Michelle, and Cheryl, as well as 17 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.
Louis joined the United States Navy in 1947 where he proudly served on the USS Gurke DD 783 during the Korean War as a Radioman 3/OPS. While in the service he received many distinguished medals. He was also a proud member of the Knights of Columbus. He retired from IBM after 37 years.
Louis enjoyed spending time in the Tizers; hunting, fishing, and sapphire mining. He loved teaching his grandchildren card games, and watching the Denver Broncos. Lou and Carol’s greatest passion was traveling. Their favorite places were Hawaii, Panama Canal, Alaska, Mexico, and Hungary. Their married life began in Michigan, taking them to California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada and returning to Montana.
Louis is survived by his loving wife Carol of sixty-nine years, daughters, and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, and a granddaughter.
Burial with Military Honors is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Resurrection Cemetery, 3700 N. Montana Ave., Helena.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vasculitis Foundation: www.vasculitisfoundation.org. Please visit below to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Louis.