Donald Curtis Mathers, Sr., known to most as Don, of St. Clair, MO, departed this life at his home in St. Clair, surrounded by the love of his family, on September 29, 2018, having reached the age of eighty-four years, seven months and two days. Don was born in Temple, IN, on February 27, 1934, son of Henry Rufus Mathers and Vernie Vernice Mathers nee White. As a young man he was united in marriage and blessed to have six children. On November 12, 1988, he was united in marriage to Susan Hooper and one daughter came to bless this union.
Don is survived by his wife, Susan Mathers of St. Clair, MO; by three sons, Donald C. Mathers, Jr. and wife, Crista, of Crocker, MO, Charles V. Mathers of Lafayette, IN and Jeremiah Mathers and wife, Nicole, of Brandon, FL; by four daughters, Pamela Irwin and husband, Lee, of Brookston, IN, Cynthia Amstutz and husband, Harold, of West Lafayette, IN, Cosetta Mathers of West Lafayette and Ashley Mathers of St. Clair; by his parents-in-law, Charles and Bonnie Hooper of Columbia, MO; by one brother, Max Mathers and wife, Nancy, of Azle, TX; by numerous grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great, great-great and great-great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Vernie Mathers; by six brothers, Chuck, Rufus, known to all as Bud, Calvin, Otis Eugene, known to all as Gene, Robert and Russ Mathers and by four sisters, Ruth Denton, Mary Mathers, Lillian Shepard and Emma Mathers.
Don was a Christian and member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Clair, MO. During his working years, he was a self employed trucker. Since his retirement he enjoyed living in St. Clair and was a member of the St. Clair Elk's Lodge 2651. He was an outdoorsman at heart and loved spending time in the woods. Cutting wood was a favorite pastime, as was riding his four wheeler. Going on family camping trips and floating the river were hobbies that have created many wonderful memories. Nothing made him happier than the time spent with his family and each of his children held a special place in his heart.
A devoted and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great and great-great-grandfather, son-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great, great-great and great-great-great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
A private celebration of life will take place at a later date. Private committal services will be held in the Harneds Cemetery in Bacon, IN. Memorials may be made to the Lonedell R-14 School Scholarship fund. The family entrusted the care of their loved one to Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, MO.