LAWRENCEVILLE, Ill. .— Frederick Matthew ‘Matt’ Polston, 62, of rural Lawrenceville, Illinois, passed away Sunday, April 14, 2019 at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, surrounded by his family.

He was born March 20, 1957 in Vincennes, the son of Neilan Keith and Barbara Jo (Powers) Polston. He married Melanie Yockey on Aug. 15, 1998, and she survives.

Matt was a coal miner and known for being a really hard worker. Over the course of his life, he worked for J&R Coal Mine, Maeco, Inc., and Peabody Coal Company. He enjoyed nature, history, keeping chickens and honey bees, woodworking, and helping people. His greatest love of all was his family.

Preceding him in death were parents.

Survivors include his wife Melanie; six sons, Adam Polston and wife Kary of Bridgeport, Illinois, Aaron Polston and wife Carisa of Lancaster, Illinois, Andy Polston and wife Laura of Allendale, Illinois, Kelly Blade and wife Molly of Franklin, Chauncey Blade of New York, and Wyatt Polston at home; one daughter, Lyndsey Salesman and husband Charles, of Lawrenceville; two brothers, Eric Polston and wife Shelly of Vincennes, and Elliott Polston and wife, Nikki, of Bruceville; one sister, Rita Griggs and husband Bill of Lawrenceville; and 13 grandchildren.

Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Friday, April 19, 2019 at Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home in Lawrenceville. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Miller Cemetery in Willow Hill, Illinois.

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