Matt Arvia
Griffith, Indiana

Local Stock Car Driver Matt Arvia Passes Away

Griffith, Ind.-Local stock car racer, Matt Arvia, 37, of Griffith, passed away on February 3.  Arvia competed at many of the area speedways, including the South Bend Motor Speedway and Grundy County Speedway in Morris, Ill., as well as racing in the annual Bahama Brackets at Illinois' Rockford Speedway.


Arvia also raced at the now-shuttered Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville, joining the Pure Stock (four-cylinder) competition there in 2004 and winning several feature races in the class.  He moved up into the track's Turbo Stox division and enjoyed his best overall season in 2013 when he finished eighth in the final points standings.


Arvia is survived by his beloved daughters: Madelyn and Natalie Arvia; loving parents: Jim and Cathy (nee Shulke) Arvia; dear sister: Katie Arvia; grandmother: Jeanne Arvia.

 Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Rd., Lansing, IL.  Friends are invited to visit with Matt's family on Tuesday, February 7 from 3:00 - 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Matt will be laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery in Calumet City, IL.  He was a foreman for Norfolk and Southern Railroad and an avid Cubs fan in addition to coaching his daughter's softball team.

--Stan Kalwasinski


Matt Arvia and his No. 34 competed a few times in the late model division at the Grundy County Speedway in Morris, Ill., in 2016.

Seen here in 2013, Matt Arvia enjoyed his best season of competition in Illiana's Turbo Stox division
when he finished eighth in the final point standings.

Arvia raced at Illiana Motor Speedway in the track's Turbo Stox in 2015, racing his No. 34U
 in tribute to old time racer Stash Kullman, who always had the No. 4U on the side of his cars.