James Mathews

5/20/2014

James "Jim" Mathews, 93, died Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at his home in Garden City after a two and a half year struggle with cancer.

James "Jim" Mathews, 93, died Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at his home in Garden City after a two and a half year struggle with cancer.

He was born Sept. 1, 1920, in Thackerville, Okla., to Jake Franklin and Zella Bible Mathews. He graduated from high school in the Cherryvale area.

Mr. Mathews worked as the acquisition librarian at Kansas State University from 1958 to 1967. He then moved to Whitewater, Wis., where he worked as the acquisition librarian at the University of Wisconsin from 1967 to 1983. He served in the U.S. Merchant Marine Service during World War II.

A Garden City resident since 1987, Mr. Mathews enjoyed taking art classes at Garden City Community College until his health failed, serving as a mentor to other students in the GCCC Ceramic Arts Studio. He participated in numerous art shows and festivals, had a booth at Garden City's Art in the Park event for 25 consecutive years, and also helped organize and set up the event for many years. He also enjoyed gardening and avidly enjoyed fishing.

On Aug. 5, 1961, he married Jean Clare Bailey in Garden City. She died Jan. 23, 2011. He also was preceded in death by his parents; his adoptive parents, John and Ruth Bruch; six brothers, Weldon Mathews, Robert Mathews, Bill Sharp, Ellis Bruch, Alvin Bruch and Dean Bruch; and a sister, Mildred Bruch Pelton.

Survivors include two sisters, Louise Bevens of Algona, Wash., and Mary Porter of Kansas City, Mo.; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Steve Quakenbush of Garden City, Julie Smith of Castle Hayne, N.C., and Lisa Krueger of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

A private family burial will take place at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City.

Condolences may be given at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com. Memorials are suggested to the Finney County Historical Society, in care of the funeral home, 412 N. Seventh St., Garden City, KS 67846.

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