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Matthew Allen Embree



Matthew Allen Embree, 54, of rural Patoka passed away on Friday, November 6, 2020 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home due to issues related to Huntington's Disease.  His passing was not COVID related.

Matthew was born in Princeton on March 2, 1966, to Robert (who survives) and Mary Jane Cochran Embree, who preceded him in death. 

Matthew was the middle child of seven siblings.  Debra Sue Embree Lasley (Martin) was the oldest (deceased), Mark Allen Embree (Lisa), also deceased, Diane Marie Embree Walter (Mark) survives, Stephen Wayne Embree (deceased), Ann Marie Embree Smith (Dickie) survives, Amy Sue Embree Fieldbinder (Neil) survives, and Carol Sue Embree survives.  

Matthew was a St. Joseph School graduate and a 1984 Princeton Community High School graduate.  He was also a graduate of Oakland City College.  Once he and Jill Kolb Embree graduated from college and secured jobs, they were married at Union Bethel Presbyterian Church on December 17, 1988.  

While attending St. Joseph School and St. Joseph Church, Matthew established several lifelong friends.  Not only was he raised near the school and church, his grandparents also lived in the same vicinity.  Matthew was a daily visitor to his maternal grandparents Ralph and Lorraine Christian Cochran and his paternal grandparents Robb and Bernice Hurst Embree.  

Matthew began his fireman career January 1, 1989, for Patoka Twp. Fire Dept.  His lifelong dream was to work at the Princeton Fire Dept., and he was able to achieve that goal until his retirement. Matt loved being a fireman, but his true love and greatest pride were his children, Robert (Bobby) James Embree  and Katie Sue Embree.  Both live at home with his wife of nearly 32 years, Jill Kolb Embree.

Also surviving are sisters-in-law Kathi Kolb Meeks and Jackie Kolb; nieces and nephews Brittney Embree, Christina Franklin, and Nathan Embree; aunts and uncles Joseph and Gayle Cochran and Ron and Sue Embree Schettler.  He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law Jimmy Kolb and his mother and father-in-law Jim and Judy Kolb.

Matthew was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, while also taking great interest in Wheeling Methodist Church and Union Bethel Presbyterian Church.

Matthew will be buried at Decker Cemetery, which is near his home.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a memorial contribution to the Matthew Allen Embree Memorial Scholarship, c/o Mrs. Katie Ellis, Old National Bank, 1703 West Broadway, Princeton, IN 47670, or Decker Cemetery, c/o Mr. Ron Hudson, 1180 W 440 N, Patoka, IN 47666 to assist with upkeep of the cemetery.  

Funeral services will be held at the graveside at 1 p.m. on Monday, November 9, 2020 at Decker Cemetery in Patoka. Burial will follow. There will be no public visitation.

You may leave a message of sympathy or light a candle in honor of Matthew at Colvin Funeral Home is honored to serve the Embree family.

Matthew's family would like to thank all of his friends and family for the fun memories and support throughout his life.  Also appreciated are all of the employees of Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Oakland City, Indiana.  



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Graveside Service
November 9, 2020

1:00 PM
Decker Cemetery
Patoka, IN 47666

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