Bernard H. "Matt" Mathews, died Saturday (Aug. 5, 2006) at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook, at the age of 83.
He was born July 31, 1923, at Leoti, Kan., the son of the late Roy T. and Edna May (Strobridge) Mathews. He grew up in Benkelman and Stratton area, where he graduated from Benkelman High School in 1940 and attended McCook Jr. College.
Following his honorable discharge from the Military in June 1945, he returned to McCook where he was employed by J.C. Penney Company and later transferred to Garden City, Kan.
He joined Billy The Kid Clothing Manufacturing Company in El Paso, Texas, where he was a Comptroller, retiring in 1984. He returned to McCook where he spent the remainder of his life.
He was a member of the First Congregational Church in McCook, the Animas Masonic Lodge No. 15 A.F. and A. M., at Farmington, N.M. since 1953, and a member of the Chris Hansen American Legion Post 203, the VFW and McCook Elks Lodge 1434.
He was preceded in death by his mother on May 11, 1990, his father on May 17, 1991; sisters, Alberta Longnecker, Eva Faddis and two infant sisters, Edna Mae Mathews and Donna Jean Mathews.
He is survived one brother, Dallas Mathews and wife, Sonja of Aurora, Colo., and one sister, Dora L. Olbert of Highland Ranch, Colo.; special companion, Evelyn Morgan of McCook; nieces and nephews; and friends.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at First Congregational Church in McCook, with the Rev. Phil Ewert and the Rev. Steven King officiating. Interment with military honors will be at 1 p.m. (MDT) in the Benkelman Cemetery at Benkelman.
Memorials may be given in his name and friends may call at Herrmann Funeral Home in McCook from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Herrmann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.