OLATHE — Jack Dale Matthews, 87, died Feb. 15, 2013 at Olathe Medical Center, Olathe. He was born July 18, 1925 at Goodland, the son of Harry Licke and Clara Gertrude (Chambers) Matthews.
He married Margaret Lee “Peggy” Holter July 5, 1952 at Great Bend. She died July 21, 2012. He worked for Electra-Log Inc. as a sales engineer.
Mr. Matthews was a long-time Great Bend resident coming from Salina and Belpre, and recently moving to Olathe to be closer to family. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Mr. Matthews was a United States Army veteran, serving during World War II in northern France and central Europe. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster.
He is survived by two daughters, Shelley Rae Constant and husband Mike of Raymore, Mo., Vicki Lee Bear and husband Bill of Columbus, Ohio; one brother, Donald Matthews of Great Bend; three grandchildren, Wade Son and wife Amanda of Radium, Jenny Tiday and husband Aaron of Larned, and Ryan Bear and his wife Gillian of Benbrook, Texas; and
eight great-grandchildren, Sierra, Isaiah, Ethan, Hannah, Maddox, Mason, Owen, and Leah.
He was preceded in death by five brothers, Walter Matthews, Richard M. Matthews, Marion “Pappy” Matthews, Billy Dean Matthews and Claude W. Matthews; and two sisters, Virginia Hopp and Carrie Parsons.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Bryant Funeral Home with The Rev. Dick Ogle officiating. Interment will be at Great Bend Cemetery, Great Bend, with military rites by Fort Riley Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 1-9 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 7-8 p.m. on Sunday, all at Bryant Funeral Home. Memorials are requested to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, in care of Bryant Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Feb. 17, 2013