Richard Ware Mathews died at his home in rural Snohomish County (Stanwood) on Saturday, November 30, 2013. He was born September 25, 1925, the son of Harriet and David Mathews in Salem Township, Knox County, Illinois on the farm homesteaded by his great grandfather in 1845.
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A combat veteran of WWII, Richard served in the U.S. Army 100th Infantry Division in France and Germany. He received the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Bronze Star Medal.
He was a graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor's degree in Animal Husbandry, along with a Master's degree in Animal Science. Following his graduation, he was employed by Iowa State University as a County Extension Director. Extension work carries research from the University to the agricultural community. Following his work for ISU, Richard worked for a number of years with the Holstein-Friesian Association.
In 1965 he returned to Extension, this time with Washington State University. He worked in Jefferson and Skagit Counties, however, the longest period of time served was in Snohomish County.
Through the years, Richard had a strong interest and enjoyment working with 4-H members. He enjoyed seeing 4-H kids from years past, growing up to be efficient, capable dairymen and dairywomen, while also becoming leaders in the agricultural community. He was instrumental in organizing conducted trips for Washington dairymen, to acquaint them with dairying in other parts of the country, as well as in several foreign countries. He helped organize and carry out the Northwest Dairy Short Course, bringing outstanding specialists from a number of universities, to speak to and with Western Washington dairymen.
Like his ancestors before him, Richard was a member of the Presbyterian Church throughout most of his life.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elizabeth; sons, Mark Mathews and John Mathews; sisters, Harriet Eckstein and Phyllis Rothrock; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Katherine Buzby.
We are grateful to Providence Hospice and Homecare of Snohomish County for their kind and compassionate care.
A private burial service will take place at Tahoma National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Providence Hospice and Homecare of Snohomish County, 2731 Wetmore Ave, Everett, WA 98201; or to North Puget Sound Presbytery Mission Committee, 1010 E Casino Rd, Everett, WA 98203; or to Neighbors in Need Food Bank, PO Box 394, Mount Vernon, WA 98273; or to Washington State 4-H Foundation, 2606 W Pioneer, Puyallup, WA 98371-4998.
Arrangements are under the care of Kern Funeral Home.
Kern Funeral Home
1122 South 3rd Street Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Dec. 6, 2013