Larry Matysik

Belleville News-Democrat - - Obituaries -

Larry G. Matysik, 71, of Belleville, IL, born April 26, 1947, in Belleville, IL, and died Sun­day, Novem­ber 25, 2018. Larry at­tended Henry Raab El­e­men­tary School, Cen­tral Ju­nior High, and Belleville Town­ship High School (now Belleville West). He con­tin­ued his ed­u­ca­tion at Belleville Area Col­lege (SWIC), Miz­zou, and SIUEd­wardsville (where he ma­jored in Pro­fes­sional Writ­ing and mi­nored in Jour­nal­ism).

Larry is well known as the voice of Wrestling at the Chase from 1972 to 1982. Af­ter that, he was in­volved in his own wrestling pro­mo­tion (Greater St. Louis Wrestling) and worked for the WWE for ten years. Re­cently he was in­volved in lo­cal wrestling pro­mo­tions, no­tably SICW with Herb Sim­mons. He wrote five books on wrestling and had been work­ing on books six and seven for the past year.

Wrestling was not his only love. For many years he was the Com­mit­tee Chair­man for the Elks/Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis Sports Celebrity Din­ner held at the Chase Park Plaza Ho­tel, where he worked with Jack Buck and Bob Costas.

He was also in­volved in area youth sports. He was on the Board of Di­rec­tors for the Gate­way Re­gion of USA Vol­ley­ball and founded and man­aged his own vol­ley­ball club, Belleville Mo­men­tum. In 2002, he re­ceived the Robert L. Lind­sey Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice Award for "out­stand­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion, mo­ti­va­tion, and other ser­vices in the pro­mo­tion of vol­ley­ball." Like­wise, he was coach of The Rene­gades, a girls’ soft­ball team that played in both Illi­nois and Mis­souri.

Be­sides sports, Larry was ac­tive in a va­ri­ety of other ar­eas. He was a ham ra­dio op­er­a­tor and worked with the St. Clair County/Belleville Emer­gency Ser­vices and Dis­as­ter Agency. He was head of the Belleville Aux­il­iary Po­lice for a num­ber of years as well.

Over the years, he re­ceived many hon­ors both in and out of sports. The City of Belleville hon­ored him for "25 years of ser­vice and ded­i­ca­tion" to com­mu­ni­ca­tion for the Emer­gency Ser­vices and Dis­as­ter Agency from 1958 to 1983. St. Clair County Civil De­fense rec­og­nized him for his vol­un­teer ser­vices in Ra­dio Com­mu­ni­ca­tion. In 1983, then Mayor Richard Brauer is­sued a Procla­ma­tion cit­ing Larry as "an out­stand­ing ci­ti­zen of Belleville" and one who "has brought great credit to him­self and the city of Belleville." Like­wise, he was hon­ored by the City of Belleville and the Belleville Po­lice for "his loyal and ded­i­cated ser­vice and de­vo­tion from 1968 to 2007."

In 1977 and 1978, Larry was named "TV Com­men­ta­tor of the Year" by "The Squared Cir­cle." In 2007, he was in­ducted into the St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame. In 2014, he was in­ducted into the Na­tional Wrestling Hall of Fame and was hon­ored with the pres­ti­gious "Jim Melby Award for Ex­cel­lence in Writ­ing on Pro­fes­sional Wrestling."

His most re­cent honor came on May 17 this year when County Board Chair­man Mark Kern pro­claimed it "Larry Matysik Day in St. Clair County."

He was pre­ceded in death by his mother, Cor­rine Matysik (nee Nolte), his fa­ther, Ed­win Matysik; and his fa­ther-in-law Arthur Mat­tin­g­ley.

Larry is sur­vived by his wife Pat (nee Mat­tin­g­ley); daugh­ter, Kelly (Charles Holmes); mother-in-law, Rita Mat­tin­g­ley (nee Franke); brother-in-law, Den­nis Mattingly (Kathryn); as well as nieces, neph­ews, and cousins.

In lieu of flow­ers, memo­ri­als may be made to Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity or Hospice of South­ern Illi­nois. Con­do­lences may be ex­pressed to the fam­ily on­line at www.renne rfh.com. Visi­ta­tion:

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