Served in the U.S. Navy

Richard “Dick” H. Mathes, age 87, of Laurie, passed away Friday, May 17, 2013, at the Laurie Care Center.  He was born June 6, 1925, in Algona, Iowa, a son of the late Forrest and Esther Brown Mathes.

On June 30, 1946, in Kirksville, Missouri, he was united in marriage by a Christian minister named, Jolly, to Darlene Perry, who survives the home.

Dick grew up and was baptized in the Christian faith.

After graduating high school in 1943, he enlisted in the United States Navy in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He was involved in the Invasion of Saipan in WWII.  He served in the Navy Reserves until 1950, and was called back to active service during the Korean Conflict.  He was honorably discharged in 1951.

He worked in sales for various companies for 34 years.

Dick was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge Adair County 366 in Kirksville and a charter member of the Moose Lodge in Kirksville where he served as Missouri State Vice-President.  He was a member of the American Legion Zack Wheat Post 624 in Sunrise Beach and a member of the Osage Community Elks Lodge 2705 in Laurie where he served as chairman of the audit committee under three different administrations.

Dick began working as a child at a golf course as a caddy.  He grew to love the game of golf and was very proud of his 3 holes in one.

In addition to his wife Darlene of 66 years, he is survived by his son, Perry Mathes and wife Carole of Jefferson City, Missouri; daughter, Penny Long and husband Bill of Overland Park, Kansas; three granddaughters, Jamie Reese and husband Tyson, Melissa Long and Andrea Long; three great-grandsons, Brody Reese, Owen Reese and Colton Hoyt Reese; his brother, Robert L. Mathes and wife Maureen of Londonderry, Northern Ireland; nephews, Robert Mathes and William Mathes both of North Carolina and many other relatives and friends. 

A celebration of Dick’s life with full military honors to follow will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 20th, at the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home.  Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Kirksville, Missouri.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Laurie Care Center.  Expressions of sympathy may be left online at  Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.