Thursday, January 19, 2017

Obituary -- Paul Matheny 1923-2017

Celebration of Life Funeral Services for Paul Matheny, age 93 of Bedford, who passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Bedford Nursing & Rehab will be held Friday, January 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM until service time at the funeral home. Interment with military rites accorded by the John F. Hardin American Legion Post No. 164 will be held in the Platteville Cemetery in Platteville. Memorials may be given in Paul's name. Memories may be shared with the family at Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford where we 'Celebrate Life.'

Paul Junior (Hooch) Matheny was born June 2, 1923, in Parnell, Missouri the son of Paul Collins Matheny and Margaret (Tameries) Matheny. He grew up in the Platteville area attending school. He then entered the United States Army, serving in World War II. Upon his discharge, he returned to the Nebraska area and while playing shuffle board, he met Bernice Opal Yocum, the couple were united in marriage in Clay Center, Nebraska on November 14, 1952. The couple lived in Hastings, Nebraska and in 1957, the family moved to California. In 1966, they moved to Clearfield, Iowa so Paul could help his father. Paul and Bernice lived in Clearfield where they raised their family, moving to Bedford in 1998. In 2002 Bernice's health declined and she entered the Bedford Nursing & Rehab Center where Paul lovingly visited her daily until her death on March 20, 2006.

Paul and Bernice enjoyed life, whether they were attending a sporting event for one of their children or grandchildren, or just having fun together. Always smiling and enjoying their family. Paul liked hunting and fishing when time allowed. He enjoyed singing and spending time with his grandchildren. 

Left to cherish Paul's memory are his children, Mike Crosier and wife Kathy of LeMoore, California; Joel Matheny and fiance Peggy Mattingley of North Glenn, Colorado; Jim Matheny and wife Sheila of Bedford; Jerolyn Weese and husband Mike of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Jeffery Matheny of Council Bluffs, Iowa; a brother Ron Matheny of Maryville, Missouri; fifteen grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; along with many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Paul in death are his parents, Paul and Margaret Matheny; his loving wife, Bernice Matheny; two sons, Jay Matheny in 1997 and Randy at infancy; a daughter and her husband, Patty and John Orndoff; a brother, Delbert Matheny; and three sisters, Mardell Straight; Isabelle Lloyd and Deloris Sanders.

Paul will be missed by his entire family.
The memories shared will remain in our hearts forever.

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