Matthew H. Lard Sr.

ORWELL — Matthew Henry Lard Sr., 84, of Orwell, departed this life 7:06 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at St. Joseph Warren Hospital.

He was born Dec. 4, 1932, in Meridian, Miss., the son of Ras and Susie Lee Barney Lard, and resided in Cleveland for more than 20 years before moving to Orwell.

Mr. Lard was employed with the U.S. Postal Service for 34 years as a mail carrier before retiring in 1988.

He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, where he was deacon emeritus, and enjoyed fishing, farming and collecting antiques.

He was a 1950 graduate of Thomas Edison High School (Cleveland).

He served honorably in the U.S. Air Force as an airman third class from Aug. 13, 1952, to Aug. 12, 1956, receiving the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

He married Emma Jean Hinton Lard May 25, 1962.

Besides his wife of Orwell, he leaves to mourn two sons, Matthew H. (Michele) Lard Jr. of Cortland and Myron L. Lard Sr. of Mansfield; two daughters, Mrs. Melanie J. (Kenneth) Lard-Williams of Orwell and Ms. Natash J. Lard of Stow; one granddaughter, Mrs. Marlea K. (Anthony) Burke of Oakwood; seven grandsons, Myron L. Lard Jr. of Newton Falls, Jourdan M. Lard of Akron, Jaran T. Lard of Columbus, Austin M. Jones of Kent, Marcus A. Lard of Cleveland, Donovan M. Minger of Akron and Mason L. Lard of Stow; and a host of relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Ms. Marla S. Minger.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, at the Trinity Baptist Church. Calling hours will be held one hour prior to the service, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Burial will take place at Brownwood Cemetery.

Arrangements of comfort were handled by the Sterling-McCullough Williams Funeral Home.

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