He was born near New Bedford on September 20, 1928 to the late Wilbert and Vera (Lower) Mathias and had lived all of his life near Winesburg. He was a farmer and retired from Republic Steel in Massillon. He also drove school bus for East Holmes Schools and had worked at Alpine Alpa. He loved boating at Dale Hollow Lake, doing yard work and photography.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; children, Dr. Dale (Nita Lewis) Mathias Jr. of West Union, Betty (Darryl Noah) Duvall of Millersburg, William (Tammy) Mathias of Canton, Beth (George) Richards and David Mathias, both of Winesburg; a step-son, Jonathan (Jazmine) Robbins of Massillon; his former wife, Mary Jane Mathias of Millersburg; grandchildren, Michael, Vincent, Jason, Christopher, Mindy, Melissa, Joshua, Matthew, Jimmy, Matthew Chloe and Wyatt; 7 great grandchildren; a brother, Dwight (Molly) Mathias of Lexington, KY.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Judy Lewis; a sister, Twila Parks; and a brother, Larry Mathias.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11:00 AM at the Zion Reformed Church in Winesburg with Pastor Tom Nye officiating. Burial will follow in the Westlawn Cemetery in Winesburg. Friends may call on Sunday from 2-5 PM at the Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton or on Monday, one hour prior to services at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Winesburg Fire Department, Box 76, Winesburg, OH 44690.
Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton