John Robert Matheny, 89, of Harrisburg, formerly of Marshall, died Thursday, May 13, 2010, at his home.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 17, 2010, at Harrisburg Baptist Church with Rev. Bob Korff and Rev. Bob Shultz officiating. Burial followed at Miami Cemetery in Miami. Visitation was held Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Carr-Yager Funeral Home in Fayette. Memorial contributions are suggested to Harrisburg Baptist Church in care of Carr-Yager Funeral Home, 204 N. Linn Ave., Fayette, Missouri 65274.
Born in Miami Dec. 19, 1920, he was the son of the late John Chester and Maude Steven Shipp Matheny. On July 18, 1942, in Harrisonville, he married Mildred Maxine Hedrick, who survives of the home.
He was a farmer who came from a long line of state champion corn shuckers. In 1984, he won third place in the Missouri State Corn Husking Competition for ages 21 to 65. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a parts transfer specialist from 1942 to 1945. He was a member of American Legion Post 202 in Columbia. He worked as an over-the-road truck driver. He was a long-time member of Harrisburg Baptist Church, where he served as deacon and Sunday school teacher for 16 years. He was also a school bus driver for Harrisburg RVIII School District for five years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Jean Matheny Price of Independence; two sons, Wayne Matheny of Kansas City and Don Matheny of Harrisburg; a sister, Ruth Hoffman of Columbia; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, James Richard Matheny, and two sisters, Benica Whitt and Carolyn Dietiker.