Pella Chronicle


July 5, 2012

Ivan Mathes

Pella — Ivan Mathes was born on March 14, 1917, at Pella, Iowa. He was the youngest of ten children that were born to Frederick William and  Wilhelmina Hoening Mathes. Ivan attended the European No. 3 Country Grade School in Marion County near Pella. On August 30, 1944, he was united in marriage with Wilma Kamerick, a daughter of Gerrit and Tena De Goey Kamerick. To this union six children were born: Patricia Kay, twins: Bonnie Lou and Beverly Sue, two children who died in infancy, and Tena Marie. Following their marriage Ivan and Wilma lived near the Skunk River north of Pella until moving into Pella where they lived for 10 years. Ivan farmed, did levy dirt work with his dozer, construction work with his heavy equipment and worked in the coal mines. They then moved into  the river bottom near the Des Moines River south of Pella. Ivan helped build the Red Rock Dam. In 1969 they moved near Albia, Iowa. Ivan then operated a saw mill and worked from sun-up to sun-down.

He could fix almost anything. It was said “If Ivan can’t fix it, it can’t be fixed”. He was a horseman and enjoyed showing his team. In 1983 his wife, Wilma, went to make her home with her twin daughters, Bonnie and Beverly in Hills, Iowa. Ivan continued to live on his acreage near Albia and was content being with his companion dog, Bandit. He was privileged to remain there, along with the assistance of his daughter, Tena, until May, 2012. He passed away on Thursday afternoon, June 28, 2012 at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House in Pella, Iowa at the advanced age of 95 years. Ivan is survived by three daughters and a son-in-law and their families: Patty and Ronald Bloodsworth of Oskaloosa, Iowa and their three children: Brenda and Daryl Sytsma and their four children: Shelby, Breann, Faith and Rylie, Linda and Eric Simon and their two children: Emily and Carson, Brian Bloodsworth; Beverly Sue Mathes of Hills, Iowa and her two daughters: Wendy Mathes and Eric Boeding and their three children: Nadia, Isabella and Lief, Misty Mathes and her three children: Annyka Mathes, Kayden and Camryn Kirkpatrick, her adopted daughter,Tandra Mathes (Bonnie Sue’s daughter) and her son Desmond; and Tena Marie Mathes of Albia, Iowa; along with a son he never had, Dan Hoekstra, a great-nephew from Lovilla, Iowa. Of his original family Ivan leaves his sister-in-law, Bertha (Clifford) Mathes of Chariton, Iowa and two sisters-in-law: Geraldine (Kamerick) Van Kalkeren of Pella, Iowa and Ruth Sue (Floyd) Kamerick of Des Moines, Iowa. Ivan was preceded in death by two children who died in infancy; his wife, Wilma, on February 7, 2001; his daughter, Bonnie Lou Mathes on August 12, 2004, at the age of 54 years; his parents, F. W. and Minnie Mathes;his oldest sister, Marie Klyn; his eight brothers: Lloyd, Layton, Clarence, Raymond, Roland, Arnold, Herbert and Clifford Mathes; his parents-in-law, Gerrit and Tena Kamerick; and the following sisters-in-law: Johanna (Kamerick) Steenhoek, Cora (Kamerick) Warner, Pauline (Kamerick) Rietveld, and brothers-in-law: Gilbert, Reuben, James and Floyd Kamerick. Ivan’s family remembers him making rope from baler twin, sorghum and molasses cake.      

Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Arrangements were handled by Van Dyk – Duven Funeral Home.

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