Richard E. "Dick" Mathias, 90, of 11921 North Woodlea Drive, Waynesboro, Pa., died Friday, April 25, 2014, in Quincy Village.
Born Sept. 22, 1923, in Waynesboro, he was the son of the late Daniel Laurence and Edna (Benchoff) Mathias. He was a lifelong resident of the Waynesboro area.
Mr. Mathias was a graduate of Waynesboro High School with the Class of 1941. He attended the Pennsylvania State University and graduated from Gettysburg College in 1950. He received his Master of Education Degree from Western Maryland College.
He was a veteran of World War II
, having served in the European Theater of Operations with the 289th Engineer Combat Battalion.
He and his wife of over 63 years, Mrs. Martha J. (Jacobs) Mathias, were married Nov. 22, 1950, in Waynesboro.
Mr. Mathias taught secondary mathematics in Waynesboro West Junior High School for 14 years and served as principal of East Junior High School for 18 years. He retired from public education in 1982.
He was a lifelong member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Waynesboro, where he served as a Deacon, Elder and two terms as president of the Church Consistory. He also was a member and past president of Rouzerville Lions Club, member of Waynesboro Lions Club, had served on Waynesboro Fest 2000 Board of Directors, was chairman of the Amphitheater Committee and served one term on Waynesboro Borough Council. He also was a member of Joe Stickell American Legion Post 15, BPO Elks Lodge
731, Waynesboro Country Club, South Chapter 2977 where he served as Past President, all of Waynesboro, National AARP, National Education Association, Pennsylvania Education Association, National Association of Secondary School Principals, Pennsylvania Association of Secondary School Principals, and the Franklin County Chapter of Pennsylvania School Retirees.
Mr. Mathias's Masonic affiliations included: member and Past Master of Acacia Lodge 586, Free and Accepted Masons, Waynesboro, member and Past High Priest of George Washington Royal Arch Chapter 176, member and Past Thrice Illustrious Master and Recorder of George Washington Council 66, Royal and Select Master Masons and member and Past Commander of Continental Commandery 56, all of Chambersburg, member of Trinity Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine and Penn Priory 6 Knights of the York Cross Honor, both of Harrisburg, Pa., member and Past Sovereign Master of Sovereign Council 103, Allied Masonic Degrees, Hanover, Pa., member of Erin Council 6 Knight Masons of America, Harrisburg, member of the Council of Anointed Kings of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Order of the Silver Trowel, member of the Sovereign Order Knights Preceptor, charter member of the First Capital 156 York Rite College, York, Pa., member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, 32nd Degree, Valley of Harrisburg, member of Zembo Temple, the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of Mystic Shrine, member and had served as a Director of the Franklin County Shrine Club and member of the Zembo Shrine Past Masters Club.
His many interests included working on the computer, reading, woodworking, doing plastic canvas, collecting trains and spending time with his cat, Coco.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Ellen M. Dunham and her husband, Charles of Waynesboro and Beth A. Bricker and her husband, Norris of Mercersburg, Pa.; his caretaker, Mary Talbert, whom he considered to be a daughter; one sister, Jean E. Lengel and her husband, Larry of Waynesboro; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Richard Timothy Mathias; and an infant sister, Lois Mathias.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro, with the Rev. Sue D'heedene officiating where Masonic memorial services will be conducted by Acacia Lodge 586, Free and Accepted Masons at 11 a.m. Burial will be private in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, Tuesday morning, in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Antietam Humane Society, 8513 Lyons Road, Waynesboro, Pa. 17268, or Alexander Hamilton Memorial Library, 45 E. Main St., Waynesboro Pa. 17268.
Online condolences may be expressed at:www.bowersoxfuneralhomes.com