James O. Jim Matheney, 75, of Mt. Pleasant, IA, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, February 13, 2020, in the emergency room at the Henry County Health Center.
Visitation, with the family present, will be on Sunday, February 16th at the Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel from 1:00 4:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, February 17, 2020, at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Bracht-Wagner officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials are designated to Pheasants Forever or the Iowa Donor Network. On-line condolences should be directed to www.olsonpowell.com.
On September 3, 1944, in Kirksville, MO, James Oren was born to Curtis and Julia (Steele) Matheney. Jim received his education in La Plata, MO. In 1964, he married Judy DeSpain. On December 29, 1990 in Mt. Pleasant, IA, Jim married Donna (Burky) Ehrhart.
Jack of all trades, Jim began his work career constructing senior housing in LaPlata, MO, prior to farming for several years. Jim then became regional manager for Derby Stations in CO and when the opportunity was offered moved to Iowa. He next worked for Versatile (Gabelines) where he was general manager of tractor and truck sales. Later he owned a franchise for Montgomery Ward, and owned Robo Car Wash in Mt. Pleasant. He worked in sales at McWhirters and Christner Motors, owned and operated Mt. Pleasant Glass, and finally retired from farming to enjoy his love of fishing and the outdoors.
Known by Acey, Jim was a long-time board member of Pheasants Forever, and was a member of Whitetails and Ducks Unlimited. He was also a true St. Louis Cardinals fan and learned to be a Patriots fan. His daily routine included fishing whenever weather permitted. Jim enjoyed many fishing trips to Canada. He enjoyed woodworking and liked to do chores for his children and grandchildren and anyone else who needed help.
Along with his wife, Donna, Jim is survived by two sons, Brad (PJ) Matheney of St. Louis, MO, and Ryan (Sheila) Matheney of Mt. Pleasant, IA; one daughter, Jill (Robin) Daniel of Mt. Pleasant, IA; two step-daughters, Michelle (Mike) Ehrhart-Everitt of Urbandale, IA, and Jennifer Ehrhart Oldfield of Clive, IA; one step-son, Joshua W. (Lindsay) Ehrhart of Owensboro, KY; one brother, Warner Matheney of Bevier, MO; two step-brothers, David Schillie of Kansas City, MO and Randy Schillie of La Plata, MO;10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Carmeleta Scurlock; and his faithful canine friend, Freckles.