January 07, 1939 ‒ December 10, 2017
MANSFIELD: Walter Mathews was confident in the promise of 2 Corinthians 5:8: he was “willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” (KJV) And his confidence to see Jesus face-to-face became sight Sunday morning December 10, 2017, as he passed into the Lord’s care from his Mansfield home. He was 78.
Born January 7, 1939 to Clifton & Annie (Walter) Mathews of Grand Forks, ND, he graduated from Grand Forks Central in 1957. He attended UND, joined the US Navy Reserves and spent nearly two years on active duty. Following his Navy service, he earned his education certification and spent two years teaching science in El Monte, CA. In 1964 he married Carolyn Kay Campbell. They moved to Jackson, CA in 1967 for 15 years. He earned his Masters from Temple University.
Walter got a call to Christian Education and moved his family to Mansfield. He taught at Mansfield Christian School from 1980-1985, then two years at Crestview H.S. He then took a job as Biologist/Supervisor at Alloway Environmental Testing. In 1998-99 he taught high school science in Santa Cruz Christian Learning Center in Bolivia. He retired to Apache Junction, AZ, where he spent nine winters before moving back to Mansfield.
In 1981 Walter joined Berean Baptist Church where he was an usher for many years. He was a volunteer painter during the building of the first and second phases of the church. He also taught adult Sunday school classes. He served three terms as a member of the Deacon Board.
Walter’s first wife Carolyn died April 7, 1994 of ALS.
Walter is survived by his wife Norma Robertson Neal Mathews, whom he married May 13, 1995; a son Jeff Mathews of Orlando, FL, a daughter Julie (Aaron) Mathews Moses and a grandson Kyler Moses all of Dublin; step children Debbie (Doug) Gadfield, Harley (Pam) Neal, Harlan (Barb) Neal all of Mansfield and Richard (Liz) Neal of Jacksonville, FL; 18 step grandchildren; and 31 step great grandchildren; a brother Cliff (May) Mathews of Milaca, MN; brother-in-law Donn Mahin of Tappen, ND; nieces, nephews; and a first cousin Lynn Walter Scott;.
In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by a stepdaughter Robin Neal Brown, a step grandson Richard “Bubby” Fitzgerald and a step great granddaughter Brittany Barber.
His family will receive friends Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 12 Noon until 2 p.m. in Berean Baptist Church, 2145 Middle Bellville Road, Mansfield 44904, where a worship service, giving thanks for the life of Walter Mathews will follow at 2 p.m. Pastor Jim Berry will officiate. The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements.
Contributions in his memory to the ALS Foundation may be made at the funeral.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Mathews family. Send them a message of love and support – or watch Walt’s tribute video – online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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