May 30, 2009
1:00 P.M.Tuesday, June 2, 2009
First Reformed Church
After 12:00 Noon, Monday, June 1, 2009
with family present 5:00-7:00 P.M.
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
Christian Blind Misson
P.O. Box 19000
Greenville, SC 29602
Son: Jeffrey Mathes
Daughter: Malissa Wheeler of Jolley, Iowa
Grandsons: Steven Pazzi of Ankeny, Iowa
Austin Crase of Pella, Iowa
March 6, 1925 - May 30, 2009
Harold Mathes, the son of John and Jennie (Vos) Mathes, was born March 6, 1925 on the family farm north of Pella. He was one of ten children. Harold passed away at the farm at the age of eighty-four.
On February 12, 1948 Harold was united in marriage with Pauline Rozendaal at the Third Reformed Church in Pella. Pauline and Harold made their home in Pella for a short time before moving to the home farm north of Pella.
Harold, with the help of his wife, farmed the family’s Century Farm for his whole life. Harold loved his farm, and especially enjoyed his horses. He also liked to look for Indian arrowheads and attend auctions.
Harold and Pauline adopted two children: Malissa at age 1 ½ and Jeffrey at age 8.
Harold is survived by his two children Malissa (Mathes) Wheeler and Jerry McKain of Jolley, Iowa and Jeffrey Mathes; four grandsons: Steven Pazzi of Ames, Austin Crase of Pella, Jason (Cecilia) Everely of Germany, and John Norman Mathes; great-grandson, Ashtyn Pazzi; his siblings: Sarah Mathes, Mabel De Vries, Esther Slykhuis, Ervin Mathes, Evelyn Beyer, and Edith (Irvin) Huyser; and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Pauline on March 14, 2008, and three siblings: Valentine Mathes, Bill Mathes, and Agnes Mathes.