Charles E. Matson

May 17, 1936 - August 1, 2021

Charles E. Matson, 85, of rural Parsons, passed away at 9:28 a.m., Sunday, August 1, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born on May 17, 1936 in Dawson, Pennsylvania to William Chancey and Elizabeth Catherine (Bates) Matson. Charles moved to Connellsville around age six and graduated from Connellsville High School in 1955.

He served in the United States Army from 1959 until his retirement in 1979. While serving in the Army, Charles was stationed in Korea, Japan, and at various bases throughout the United States. He worked as an Army Counterintelligence Officer throughout his military career. He moved to Junction City in 1973 where he lived until 2005. While living in Junction City, he worked at Rentway and at Central Nation Bank. He retired in 2005 and moved to Topeka. Later relocating to Parsons in 2016 to be closer to his family.

Charles and Yoneko “Nicky” Shima were married on September 21, 1963, in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. She survives of the home.

Charles enjoyed painting, fishing, bowling, and doing jigsaw and puzzle books. He was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Junction City for over 30 years where he served as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher, and Bus Driver for the church. He attended Center Bethel Church since relocating to Parsons.

In addition to his wife, Charles is survived by, his son, Richard L. Matson, and his wife, Alyson of Canton, MI; his daughter, Lisa Payne, and her husband, Rick of rural Parsons; five grandchildren, Kristin Payne, and her husband, Adam of Parsons, Trey Payne, and his finance, Brittany of Parsons, Matthew Payne, Sr., and his wife, Bailey of Altamont, Gareth Matson, and his wife, Hannah of Glendale, CA, and Hannah Ruth Matson of Canton, MI as well as three great-grandchildren, Ellie Payne, Andy Payne, and Matthew Payne, Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Raymond Matson; a great-grandson, Daniel Payne; four brothers, Herbert Cummings, William Cummings, Samuel Cummings, and Andrew Matson; and two sisters, Margaret Cummings and Beatrice (Matson) Robinson Taylor.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, August 5, 2021, at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home with Pastor Keith Jones officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Brown-Bishop Post No. 704 Veterans of Foreign Wars following the service. A private burial will be held at the Ft. Scott National Cemetery. Friends may come to the funeral home at their convenience to sign the register. Memorials are suggested to the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357. Online condolences may be left at The family would like to thank the staff of Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice for the loving care they provided Charles and the family during this time.