Herbert Lee Mathes was born September 3, 1924, in Harper Kansas to parents Everett and Jessie Mathes. He passed from this world on April 11, 2011, at the age of 86.Funeral services will be held Thursday April 14, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at Prairie Rose Funeral Home, Harper Kansas.
He graduated from Harper High School in 1942 and was a lifelong farmer and community leader.
Herb married Margaret Wiley on October 16, 1946, and to this marriage they had 3 children, Elizabeth Ann & Vernon Hibbard of Harper, Cary & Kathy Mathes of Kansas City, and Michelle and Carl MacKay of Oklahoma City. They have been additionally blessed with 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Herb was baptized in 1943 beginning an enduring commitment to the Lord that included his Eldership at the Eastside Church of Christ. His faith, as shown through his actions, led many to Christ and his wise counsel was sought by all those who knew him.
Within the community Herb established a memorable legacy of service and dedication to making Harper County a great place to live. He was a founding board member and chair of both the Harper Hospital and USD 361 with its creation of Chaparral High School. His volunteerism extended into retirement as he and Margaret helped Harper Grade School students improve their reading abilities.
Herb was one of the most non-judgmental men you could ever meet. He loved the smell of the farm and valued working with his hands. He was a calm in the storm, a leader without a hidden agenda, patient, forgiving, persevering. Through his many health challenges in his later years he never complained about his illnesses. Herb accepted the challenges of life without asking, “Why me?” And can anyone remember seeing him mad at anybody or anything? Herb was a man who could have taken the spotlight but who shied away from such things because he thought it was all part of simply doing the right things.
Herb Mathes was a good husband, father, grandparent, church leader, community builder, and worker. Some might even say “great” but he would likely rather be humbly remembered as a “good” and faithful servant.
Herb will be missed by his wife of 64 years, Margaret; son Cary (Kathy) Mathes of Kansas City, Missouri; daughters Elizabeth (Vernon) Hibbard of Harper, Kansas, and Michelle (Carl) MacKay of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma;and sister Doris Whinery, 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Herb was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Wilford, Lloyd, and Harlan.
Memorials may be given to Harper Hospital or Namikango Mission %New Beginnings Church of Christ 14325 Crescent Landing Drive Houston, Texas 77062