Walter E. Matthews
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Walter E. Matthews

Walter Ernest Matthews, 91, of Cottonwood passed into eternal rest in the arms of loved ones on May 16, 2015 at Mercy Hospital in Redding, CA. Born in San Francisco, March 5, 1924, to James Emmette Matthews and Minnie Joseph. Walter served in WWII as an anti-aircraft gunner in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. He honorably completed his US Army service as a Sergeant. He married Ruth Lillian Lambert (deceased) from Westernport, MD. In 1948, Walter, Ruth and daughter, Patricia (deceased), moved to Shasta County where he began his career as a dairyman. An Honorary Life Member of the Northern California Holstein Breeders Association, Walter was distinguished with agriculture awards both locally and nationally. His long life of community service included the Agricultural Advisory Committee of Shasta College and volunteering at Sacred Heart Parish of Anderson.

Wife, Ruth Lillian Matthews, and daughter, Patricia Sharon Matthews, precede him in death.

Walter is survived by his loving partner of 7-1/2 years, Bernice Bennett, and an extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins, step-children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Vigil - Thursday evening, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. Sacred Heart Church, Anderson, CA

Mass of Christian Burial - Friday, May 22 at 11:00 a.m. Sacred Heart Church, Anderson, CA

Military Burial ? Thursday, May 28, 11:00 a.m. Northern California Veteran's Cemetery, Igo, CA

Memorial contributions may be made to Northern Valley Catholic Social Service.
Published in Redding Record Searchlight from May 20 to May 21, 2015.
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May 21, 2015
One of my favorite customers for years!! Such a kind and caring man. He will truly be missed. I'm so glad he had Ms. Bea in his life the last several years. It was wonderful to see him so happy. My sympathies.
Sharon Miller
May 20, 2015
Dear Bernice,

Janet and I wish you peace and comfort knowing how much you are loved. We feel so proud and special to have known Walt. He is, after all, part of the "Greatest Generation". I will treasure the memories and the many life stories he shared. What a humble, humorous, outstanding human being and American he was!

May the blessings of God be upon you. May His peace abide in you. May His presence illuminate your heart, now and forever more.

With Love,
Jake & Janet Mangas
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