APRIL 23, 1923 - AGUST 7, 2008

Lester Leroy “Pete or Pedro” Matrow, 85, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008, at his home in Grove, Oklahoma. Mr. Matrow was born April 23, 1923, in Mooreland, Ok., to Edward and Artincy Matrow.  He grew up in central Oklahoma and Kansas, graduating from high school in Norwich, Ks.  He joined the Maritime Service during World War II and served as a communications seaman off the west coast of the U.S.  After the war, he returned to Kansas to work for the Union Pacific Railroad as a telegraph operator.

 He had two daughters, Leslie and Linda, from his first marriage to Phyllis Welch of Anthony, Ks.  Pete worked for the rest of his career in the aircraft industry at Boeing and McDonald-Douglas.  He worked in California, Illinois and eventually in the Philippines and Japan.

 Pete married Pamela Amannte on Jan. 23, 1983.  They lived in her home country of the Philippines and then Japan until he retired in 1995.  At that time they moved to Grove, Ok., near Grand Lake.  Pete was an avid golfer, reader, and loved classic movies.  He was also a talented poet.  His poems were humorous reflections of life as he saw it and are a treasured legacy to his family and friends.

 Pete is survived by his wife Mel of the home, a brother Eugene and his wife Pauline, of Norwich, Ks, two daughters, Leslie and her husband David Rader of Manhattan, Ks., Linda (Jody) and her husband Phil Hammond of Lenexa, Ks., five grandchildren and their spouses, and seven great-grandchildren.

A service celebrating Pete Matrow’s life was held at Funeral Services of  Grand Lake in Grove, Ok., on Sunday, August 10, at 1:00 p.m.  Family and friends may send online condolences by going to www.funeralservicesofgrandlake.com