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Richard Alan Matthews passed peacefully with family by his bedside on March 29, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jimmie Jo Matthews; their four daughters, Stephanie, Valerie, Melodie, Hilarie; seven grandchildren Brandon, Courtney, Kelsie, Kristina, Jackson, Georgia, Wyatt; as well as his sister Nancy Emick; three half siblings, David, Cathy and Tommy, as well as extended loving family. Dick was born July 3, 1929 in San Antonio, Texas, to Harry Lyman Matthews & Helen Esther Kern. Working as a pool lifeguard, Dick met Jimmie and the two married on April 8, 1950. At age 17 he began four years of service with the U.S. Navy as a radio operator. After attending San Antonio Junior College and the University of Houston, Dick pursued a career in electrical drafting design. Together with their daughters and a well-traveled Volkswagen, Dick and Jimmie called Texas, Colorado, and California home before returning to Texas in 1966 to settle in Bellaire. All four daughters graduated from Bellaire High School. An avid naturalist, outdoorsman, technical hobbyist, and athlete, Dick's breadth of amateur pursuits was perhaps only exceeded by his depth of expertise. A top-licensed amateur radio operator, many knew Dick by his call sign NN5W and the large antenna tower behind the garage. He enjoyed (and impressed many with) his many handstands, high board diving, scuba diving, judo, archery, cycling, auto mechanics, and birding. A friend to all animals, he volunteered at the Cockrell Butterfly Center where his penchant for natural history enthralled museum visitors. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 28, 2012 at the Church of the Epiphany, 9600 S. Gessner, Houston, TX. The Matthews have been active members of the church since 1969. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Cockrell Butterfly Center, Primarily Primates, or The National Audubon Society. Condolences may be offered at

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Published in The West University Examiner from Apr. 23 to May 6, 2012.
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April 25, 2012
Sounds like he lived a full and amazing life, lots of love to you and your family Courtney xx Andrea + Tom
April 25, 2012
am so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. May our Heavenly Father provide strength and comfort to the family during this time of grief. For he is near to those broken at heart. Ps 34:17,18
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