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James R. Mathers

Mathers, James Ray Age 96, of Green Lake, WI, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at his home with his family by his side. Ray was born January 12, 1917, in North Henderson, IL, the son of John Albert and Mary Anna (Rich) Mathers. He graduated from Alexis High School in Alexis, IL and graduated with his B.S. in June of 1940 from the University of Illinois. Ray served our country in the United States Army during WWII and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. In 1948, Ray married Gloria J. Hatch in Hollywood, CA. He was a farmer and worked for Green Giant in Ripon. Ray was a member of Mizpah Masonic Lodge in Chicago, Phalanx National and Professional Military Fraternity, Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR) Fraternity and was the President in 1939 when attending University of IL. Survivors include his wife, Gloria Mathers of Green Lake, WI; five children, Stephen Ray (Rande) Mathers of Zion, IL, Karen Jeanne (Michael) Lehner of Princeton, WI, Ronald Frederick (Cindy) Mathers of Phoenix, AZ, Jeremy James (Annette) Mathers of Tinley Park, IL and Robert Alan (Rosie) Mathers of Oshkosh, WI; fourteen grandchildren, Joshua (Natalie) Mathers, Bree (Eric) Blazak, Zachary Mathers, Micah (Sarah) Lehner, Nathan (Christina) Lehner, Andrew (Kristel) Lehner, Skylar, Jena, Lindsay, Lauren, Catherine, Derek, Kirstin and David Mathers; nine great-grandchildren, Spinnacker Blazak, Eliza Blazak, Avery and Aubri Mathers, Vera, Simone, Margot, Sadie and Maxwell Lehner; two sisters-in-law, Pat Mathers of North Henderson, IL and Joyce W. Booth of Jupiter, FL; and brother-in-law, Alvin H. (Madeline) Hatch of Naperville, IL. Ray was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Clyde, John, Gerald and Eugene Mathers; sisters, Rose K. Mathers and Irene (Ralph) Bjorkman; and nieces and nephews. Visitation for Ray was held on Friday, March 8, 2013, from 9:0011:00am at Butzin-Marchant Funeral Home, 515 Mayparty Dr., Ripon, WI 54971. Funeral service for Ray was held on Friday, March 8, 2013, at 11:00am at Butzin-Marchant Funeral Home in Ripon. Reverend Karen Gygax Rodriguez will officiate. Full Military Honors followed immediately after the service. Interment took place at Dartford Cemetery in Green Lake. Memorials may be directed to Federated Church of Green Lake, 489 Scott St. P.O. Box 471, Green Lake, WI 54941. Please visit www.butzinmarchant.com to send online condolences.

Published in Naperville Sun on Mar. 13, 2013
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