Ronald Ray Mathew, the son of Bernard and Elizabeth (Barnard) Mathew, was born March 15, 1945, in Lafayette, IN. His childhood years were spent in Wolcott, IN where he attended school and graduated in 1964. After graduation he served in the US Army where he was stationed in Stuttgart Germany until his honorable discharge in 1967.
Ron was united in marriage to Barb Glotzbach in Indiana. Following their marriage they lived on the family dairy farm. They were blessed with four daughters. Ron worked at a welding plant and at Wilson Foods. He transferred to Cherokee, IA in 1995 and remained with Wilson Foods.
Ron was later united in marriage to Betty Venteicher on February 24, 1999. They lived on a farm outside of Cleghorn. He raised cattle and hay. Being around cattle brought him great joy. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing, especially bass tournaments. He also liked to hunt, garden, and keep his yard neat. He liked to ride motorcycles and winter in Texas the last four years. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
On March 13, 2018, Ronald passed away at his home following a lengthy illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Elizabeth Mathew, and one brother, Greg Mathew.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Betty Mathew of Cleghorn, IA, daughters, Rhonda (Tom) Harris of Brownsburg, IN, Amy Arbogast and special friend Ray of Carmel, IN, Michelle (Eric) Jansen of Monticello, IN, Kimberly (Jason) Cooke of Frankfort, IN, Janelle (Rex) Schumacher of Cushing, IA, Julie (Dustin) Schiernbeck of Ida Grove, IA, and Kristy Pettus and special friend, Larry of Clarion, IA; grandchildren, Kyla, Kaitlyn, Ethan, Taylor, Brody, Kirstyn, Ryanne, Matt, Hannah, Olivia, Noah, Brittany, Ashlee, Stephen, Trent, and Jayden; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Avery, Allanah, Aniyah, and Kipton; one brother, Rex (Kathy) Mathew of Wolcott, IN; one sister, Carol Mathew of Birmingham, AL; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus, Iowa.