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Vincent Leo Mathis

Born: July 20, 1928
Died: May 29, 2013

Vincent L. Mathis, 84, of Waukon, IA, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at his home. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 3rd, at 11:00 AM at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon, with Fr. Joseph Schneider officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon. Friends may call from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM Sunday at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon where there will be a 3:00 PM scripture service.


Vincent Leo Mathis was born July 20, 1928, in Lansing, IA, the first of four children born to Leo and Frieda (Wendler) Mathis. Vince attended the Prairie country school until 7th grade, then graduated from the Waterville Consolidated School in 1946. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph’s in Paint Rock. Vince married Loretta Jean Kelly on September 7, 1948, at St. Pius Church, Cherry Mound. They farmed in the Waterville and Thompson Corner areas and then moved to Waukon in December 1959. He worked at the Robert White Cow Pool, and in 1962, bought the Spring Avenue Skelly Station in Waukon. He also owned Vince’s Tap, a tavern on Spring Avenue. In 1971, he began managing Waukon Tire Center, a Goodyear dealership, until his sons Glen and Paul took over the business in 1990. He continued to be interested and assisted with the operation until September 2012. During the winters he was very happy plowing snow for many of his faithful clients. For several years Vince volunteered for the Gilbert Ambulance Service. Since 1963, he was a member of the Waukon Fire Department, assuming the Assistant Chief position from 1972 through 1974. Vince was a long time member of St. Patrick’s Church in Waukon, as well as the Knights of Columbus. His favorite past time for many years was fishing on the Mississippi. He also enjoyed playing cards, watching baseball, mowing the grass at Goodyear, and playing Santa Claus for 60 years.

Survivors include his wife Jean (Kelly) Mathis of Waukon; his children: Elaine (Jim) Bitterman of Overgaard, AZ, Glen Mathis, Jane Snitker, Marilyn (Jim) Thies, Peggy Mathis, and Paul (Karen) Mathis, all of Waukon; his seven grandchildren: Chris (Annalie) Thies of Chippewa Falls, WI, Beth (Greg) Beltz of Queen Creek, AZ, Brent Bitterman of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Kelly (James) Deeney, Micah (David) Miller, Karli and Tanner Mathis, all from Waukon; nine great-grandchildren: Sydney and Landon Thies, Logan, Dillan and Devan Beltz, Reid and Ava Deeney, and Hailey and Andrew Miller; a brother Bill (Helen) Mathis of Waukon; and 2 sisters: Jean (Cy) Corrigan of Decorah and Lorraine Bangs of Marshalltown.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson Jason Berg; and a son-in-law Mike Snitker.

Honorary pallbearers are Jerry Sommer, Dick Gearhart, Danny Mathis, Cletus Mathis, Billy Roe Sr., Bill Campbell, and members of the Waukon Fire Department. Casketbearers are his grandchildren: Chris Thies, Beth Beltz, Brent Bitterman, Kelly Deeney, Micah Miller, and Karli and Tanner Mathis.

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