In Memory

Nelson Mathias

Nelson Harrison Mathias Jr.

May 1, 1944 - April 8, 2016

Nelson Harrison Mathias Jr., 71, of Warsaw, Indiana, passed away Friday, April 8, 2016, at 9:42 p.m. at his residence.

He was born May 1, 1944, in Tiffin to Nelson Harrison and Marie (Culver) Mathias Sr. He was united in marriage to Beverly Ewing Oct. 17, 1992 in Warsaw, Indiana.

He faithfully served his country in the United States Air Force from 1962 to 1966 in the 25th Air Police Squadron. He was stationed in France and attained the rank of E-4, Senior Airman. A 25-year resident of Warsaw, he was a tool and die engineer for The Dalton Foundries with a total of 25 years of service, retiring in 2006. He was a member of Warsaw Community Church and North Webster American Legion Post 253.

He is survived by his loving family, including his wife Beverly Mathias of Warsaw, Indiana; six children, Lisa Collins of Warsaw, Dustin Mathias of Tiffin, Andrew (Angie) Mathias of Melmore, Corey (companion Gracie) Mathias of New Mexico, Gregory (Crystal) Mathias of Bloomville, and Renee (companion Robert) Mathias of New Riegel; one brother, Edgar (Elizabeth) Mathias of Stevensville, Maryland; three sisters, Victoria Leahy of North Carolina, Anne (Lee) Martin of Tiffin\ and Kimberly Howard of Findlay; and 12 grandchildren.

His parents preceded him in death.

His funeral will begin at noon Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. Pastor Denny Wilson of the Warsaw Community Church will officiate the services. Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery, Silver Lake, Indiana, with military honors rendered by North Webster American Legion Post 253 and the Army Military Funeral Honor Guard.

Visitation hours are scheduled from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Tuesday at the Funeral Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Warsaw Community Church, 1855 S. County Farm Road, Warsaw, Indiana 46580.

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Advertiser Tribune, April 11, 2016, Obituary

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04/12/16 08:35 PM #3    

Kathy Brant (Whipple)

So sorry to hear about Nelson's passing. Yes, Nelson added alot of zing in  the Monroe Street gang. Good photo Bill. Nelson was a good buddy of mine as we grew from Monroe school through Junior High and into high school. I have fun memories of Nelson who was like a brother during those times.

Kathy Brant Whipple........glad to be part of the Monroe kids.

04/12/16 10:07 PM #4    

Penny Smith (Turner)

We kids from Monroe Street School had a great time growing up together.  Nelson was always a good friend.  When we spoke at the last reunion, I told him of my memories of his house on Coe.  There was a fairly long driveway to the house.  On both sides there were lilac bushes that had the best aroma.  We could smell them before we even reached the drive.  So, I'll especially remember Nelson in "Lilac Time."

Penny Smith Turner

04/13/16 11:57 AM #5    

Jim Flechtner

I didn't really get to know Nelson until the summer after the 10th grade, when we discovered that we both loved to dive (off a board into a swimming pool, that is).  From then on, every summer we competed against one another to see who was the best diver.  Sometimes he won, sometimes I won, but we became friends in the process.  Nelson was a great guy!  (And almost as good a diver as I was!)

04/13/16 01:55 PM #6    

David Sweeney

Sorry  to hear this. I always liked Nelson, he was down to earth and pleasure to be around. GOD BLESS him and give the family peace in their hearts.  RIP Nelson


04/14/16 05:33 AM #7    

Paul Thomas

It's always sad to hear of the passing of a fellow classmate and close friend.  But it brings back a flood of memories about the good times in the past.  Nelson and I were the hired labor (along with Paul S) for Doris and Charles Swander as Charles was working full-time at the wire plant.  We spent many an hour "back to the soil" learning a lot in the process and making a little extra spending money.  I remember the poker nights at his house when we would arrive with some "low power" beer and his dad would dutifully collect the car keys from each of us.  His mom was a wonderful friend to my parents as they grew older.  A great family and a great friend.  Safe journey on the next passage, my friend.

Paul T

04/14/16 09:24 AM #8    

Steve Drake

Sorry to learn of Nelson's passing.  It is sad to watch as fellow classmates "age out."

As an "east-sider" not part of the Monroe Street group, I didn't really get to know Nelson.  But, have enjoyed the postings of those who did.  Thanks.



04/14/16 12:34 PM #9    

Bill Doemel

Wasn't there a motorcycle involved as well that PT, Nelson and Paul Sanders shared?

04/14/16 01:12 PM #10    

Paul Thomas

Glenn had a motorcycle later.  My parents forbid to have one until I was 21.  Since then, I've lost count.  Currently 3 Harleys and a restored 1958 Cushman Eagle.  Glenn was the first brother to pass and it's my recollection it was a motorcycle accident.  We used to drive the farm truck to the elevator in Tiffin to get mash made.  That was a big deal since you could legally drive a farm license vehicle at age 14 without a valid drivers license.

04/14/16 02:10 PM #11    

Jane Thompson (Paige)

So sorry to hear about Nelson.  He was always such a nice guy.  My deepest sympathies to his family.  

04/17/16 06:50 AM #12    

Ernie Miller

Sorry for the loss one of are classmates, Nelson Mathais,he will be remembered, I remember him being a good basketball player,and a all around athlete.

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