Richard A. Matschner, 89 of Cochranton, died Sunday, January 14, 2018 at the Meadville Medical Center, after an extended illness. Born, July 31, 1928 in Pittsburgh he was the son of Otto and Helen Strittmatter Matschner.
Rich enlisted in the U.S. Army on February 28, 1951 and served as a combat medic during the Korean War and received the Purple Heart after being wounded on June 14, 1952. He was honorably discharged on February 20, 1953.
In 1968 he became the owner of Rich's Café in Pittsburgh and operated the restaurant for 25 years. In 1983 he and his wife Debbie moved to Cochranton and in 1988 purchased the former Madeline's Restaurant in Cochranton. They changed the name to the Matschner's Cardinal Country Restaurant and operated it until 2005.
Rich was of the Catholic Faith, was a member of Vernon Central, Cochranton Station #4 and the Meadville VFW. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, being with his horses and making friends along the way.
Survivors include: his wife, Deborah Matschner of Cochranton, a son, Richard Matschner of Pittsburgh, a daughter, Kellie Matschner also of Pittsburgh, a sister, Helen Faust, a brother, Jim Matschner of Pittsburgh, five grandchildren and his former wife Maybelle Matschner.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons, Anthony Ross Matschner and Joseph Secilia.
Friends and family will be received at the DICKSON FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, INC., 123 S. Franklin St., Cochranton on Thursday, January 18, from 4:00pm until 7:00pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be at noon Friday, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Cochranton, with the Rev. Daniel Prez as Celebrant.
Interment will be in the Cochranton Cemetery and the Cochranton American Legion and the Meadville VFW will conduct military honors.
Memorials can be made in Rich's name to Hospice of Crawford County, 766 Liberty St., Meadville.
Published on January 15, 2018