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Mount Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, July 18, 2002

OBITUARY ~ W. D. "BUD" MATHEWS, Sr.

W. D. "Bud" MATHEWS, Sr., was born at Jefferson, Iowa on September 27, 1918 to John Ross and Velma Lucile (THOMAS) MATHEWS. Bud was raised by his grandparents, George and Nettie MOSTELLOR.

But grew up in Greene county an was united in marriage to Hazel Lucile KARBER on November 3, 1934 in Maryville, Missouri. They returned to Jefferson and farmed in Greene county until 1948 when they moved to Guthrie county. In 1955 they moved to Polk county and have lived in Ringgold county since 1958. He farmed south of Mount Ayr, Iowa.

Bud and Hazel eventually would leave the farm and move into Mount Ayr. He operated a locker plant and later the bowling alley. In 1984 they moved to Leon, Iowa and as Hazel continued to operate the Mount Ayr bowling alley, Bud operated the Leon bowling alley. At Christmas in 1993, they retired and moved back to their home on east Jefferson street.

Bud was a member of the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr where he served as a deacon for many years. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Oddfellows. Bud enjoyed fishing and he was always willing to bait the hooks and remove the fish. He loved to go to auctions, play cards, woodworking and working on quilts.

Bud passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2002.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents; a son-in-law Joseph Dennis McKINNEY; a great-granddaughter Savannah Hope WHITEN; and his sister Ardis KUNECKE.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 67 years Hazel; three children: Wilford D. MATHEWS, Jr. of Charleston, South Carolina, Velma ANDREASEN and her husband Jerry of Ellston, Iowa, and Sandy KILKENNY and her husband Tom of Creston, Iowa; 15 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; a borhter, John MATHEWS and his wife Lois of Canby, Minnesota; a half-brother, Jerry THOMAS; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 16, 2002 at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr with Reverend John BRILLO officiating. Musicians were Cecelia ROUDABUSH, Anita CHRISTENSON and Sue BECK. Casket bearers were Robert McKINNEY, Danny McKINNEY, Joseph McKINNEY, Matthew McKINNEY, Joey Lee MATHEWS, Trey MATHEWS, Kenny HOLLE, Mike ANDREASEN and Chris FRANKE.

Bud was laid to rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr.

God saw him getting tired
And a care was not to be.
So He put His arms around him
and whispered "Come with Me."
With tearful eyes we watched him go
We watched him slip away.
Although we loved him dearly
We could not make him stay.
A golden heart stopped beating
Working hands now lay at rest.
God broke our heart
And proved to us
He only takes the best.

~ Written by J.J. McKinney for Great Grandpa

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2012

To submit your Ringgold County obituaries, contact Sharon R. Becker at
srbecker@windstream.net.
Please include the word "Ringgold" in the subject line. Thank you.

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