Bobby L. Mathena - 81
6/12/1935 - 2/22/2017
Bobby L. Mathena age 81 of Colchester, passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Heartland Health Care Center in Macomb. He was born June 13, 1935, in Williamstown, Missouri, to Russell and Nancy Anna Davies Mathena. Bobby was united in marriage on June 16, 1965, in Peoria, Illinois to Juanita A. Fisher. She preceded him in death on January 4, 2017.
Surviving to mourn his passing Sons; Gerald and Cindy Brown, Carthage, Illinois, Roger and Paula Brown, Macomb, Illinois, Rodney Brown, Kanas City, Missouri, Kevin Brown, Tennessee, Illinois, 1 Daughter Kimberly and George Lewis, Bloomington, Illinois, 14 Grandchildren: Jamison, Erin, Austin, Paxton, Wyatt, Brandi, Christopher, David, Kimberly, Joshua, Anna, Amanda Emily, Brett, 6 Great Grandchildren: Reece, Gavin, Jersey, Jesslynn, Jace, Charlotte, 2 Brothers: Russell and Mary Mathena, Joliet, Illinois, Bill Mathena, Macomb, Illinois, 4 Nephews: Gary, Frank, Charles, Dennis, 3 Nieces: Brenda, Nancy, and Luana.
Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, wife: Juanita, 1 brother: Basil, 1 sister: Betty Mathena Swanson, 1 Sister-in-law, 1 brother-in-law, and 2 nieces.
Bobby served his country in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956. He attended Grade School in Missouri and was a Graduate of Macomb High School. He worked at McGraw Edison in Macomb before joining the carpenters Local 644 in Pekin, Illinois where he retired after 30 years. Bobby was a Member and served as Past Patron of OES #123, Past Master of AF & AM #0017. He was a member of the Macomb VFW Post 1921, and Macomb American Legion Post 6. Bobby enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing pitch and mushrooming. He loved to fish, having a cabin on the river for many years. Of all the different things that Bobby did in his life, the greatest treasure was his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Visitation with the family will be 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Thursday, March 2, 2017, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester. A Masonic Service will be conducted at 7:00 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded following visitation. A Graveside service with military rites will be held at a later date at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester. Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Wednesday. In Lieu of flowers the family would like a memorial be made to McDonough District Hospital Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.
5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Thursday, March 2 at the funeral home
Masonic Service will be 7:00 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home