JOPLIN, Mo. —
Michael Mathis (Matt) Emmert, age 62, of Joplin, passed away at 9:10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.
Born Jan. 3, 1952, in Joplin, he was the son of the late Leo Emmert and Ellen Emmert Strater and lived most of his life in Joplin. A 1969, graduate of Memorial High School, he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Accounting at Missouri Southern State University in December 1976. He served in the 203rd Battalion of the Missouri National Guard from 1970-1976 where he was a water purification specialist.
During high school Matt played on the Memorial High School Tennis Team. He won the Ozark Conference Doubles Championship his senior year. After graduation from college he worked as a Controller for Montgomery Ward & Co, Kansas City, Mo. He was a Certified Public Accountant. In April 1979, Matt joined Leggett & Platt, Inc., Carthage, Mo.,where he held various accounting positions and retired after 32 years as Assistant Corporate Controller.
He was a member of First Community Church in Joplin. He previously held the positions of Chairman of the Church Board, Deacon, and currently served on the Finance Committee. He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri State Certified Accountant Society, as well as Joplin Elks Lodge No. 501.
On Dec. 13, 1974, he married Janet Moult at First Community Church in Joplin. They just celebrated their 39th anniversary. She survives.
Additional survivors include a daughter, Gina Trimble and husband, Allen, of Joplin; son, Justin Emmert and wife, Amelia, of Franklin, Tenn.; two brothers, Charles Emmert and wife, Judy, of Webb City, Terry Emmert and wife, Ada, of Riverton, Kan.; his mother-in-law, Jane Wiles Moult, of Joplin; two beloved granddaughters, Jenna and Jessica Trimble; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Pat Wallace and Pam "Penny" Jones Bruffet, both of Carthage.
He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at First Community Church, Joplin with Dr. Craig Tally, pastor officiating. A private graveside service will be held prior to the service. The family will receive friends 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at Parker Mortuary.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Community Church of Joplin.
Online Condolences may be made at www.parkermortuary.com