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James E. Mathias Jr.


James E. Mathias Jr., age 84, of Bellevue went to be with the Lord on September 1, 2016. Jim was born on November 28, 1931 in Frederick, MD to James E. and Mazzie Mae (Miles) Mathias, the youngest of three children. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 49 years, Helen (Westrick) Mathias is 2000; sister's, Geneva Knill and Flaudyne McKean; daughter, Jill; and infant son, Stanley.

Jim served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany. He also was briefly stationed at Ft. Custer in Battle Creek which is when he met Helen. After leaving the Army he worked many years for the Grand Trunk Railroad and also had a farm in Vermontville where he enjoyed raising crops, livestock, and running a maple sugar shanty making maple syrup products. Jim was very active in the Catholic Church and was ordained as a Deacon on June 13, 1981, and served faithfully at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Bellevue, MI for many years. After his retirement from the railroad, Jim and Helen would winter is Zephyrhills, Florida where he also served as a Deacon at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

On July 15, 2006 Jim married Shirley Langham in Nashville, MI. They enjoyed dancing, and each other's companionship for the last 10 years.

Jim is survived by Shirley and her two daughters, Janine (Jack) Peltier, and Karmen (Melvin) Lewis. He is also survived by his son, James E. (Nancy) Mathias III; daughters, Jeanette Mathias, Judy (Rudy) Reyes, and Joanne (Mark) Nanninga; son, John (Patti) Mathias; and son-in-law, Jerry Rutherford. Jim has eight grandchildren, Brock (Sarah) Nanninga, Kaylee Rutherford, Zachary (Karli) Rutherford, Jonathan Reyes, Elizabeth Reyes, James Mathias IV, Emily Mathias, and Haedyn Mathias. He is survived by Shirley's grandson, Ryan Crips. Jim has two great-grandchildren, Claire and Reid Nanninga. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Kathryn Archer, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will take place at the Kempf Family Funeral Homes, Lehman Chapel, 205 N. Elizabeth Street, Bellevue on Sunday September 4, 2016 from 1-3PM and 5-7PM with a Rosary at 7PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Ann's Catholic Church, 312 S. Main Street, Bellevue, MI 49021 on Monday September 5, 2016 at 11am with Father Dwight officiating. Final interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue at a later date.

Memorial contributions are requested to St. Ann's Catholic Church, or the American . Assistance with memorials is available at the Kempf Funeral Home, Lehman Chapel.

Please leave the family a personal message and sign the online guest book at www.kempffuneralhome.com.
Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Sept. 3, 2016
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