Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Obituaries

February 20, 2014

Wilbur H. Mathes

Wilbur H. Mathes, 84, of Chariton, passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 at Locust Hill in Knoxville.

Wilbur was born on June 8, 1929, to Raymond and Alice (Goemaat) Mathes in Attica. Wilbur was the oldest of four children. He grew up west of Melcher-Dallas where he developed a love for horses. Wilbur attended school in Dallas, and graduated with the class of 48.

Wilbur preferred working over school and believed there wasn’t a horse he couldn’t ride.

Following high school Wilbur joined the United States Army. Following his service in the armed forces Wilbur began working at Vermeer in Pella. Wilbur was joined in matrimony to Glenna Anderson. Wilbur and Glenna were blessed with three children Barry, Jill and Wesly.

As fate happens Wilbur found himself alone and remarried Janet Poppinga Mathes in 1976. Wilbur and Janet bought 20 acres south of Columbia. Wilbur moved in a trailer house and immediately started adding rooms. In true Wilbur fashion when he was confronted with the huge walnut tree he decided to just build the house around it. Next, he started moving in barns and buildings making a home for Janet. If someone told him something couldn’t be done Wilbur would find a way to do it. Whether it was a horse no one could ride or a building that couldn’t be moved, Wilbur did it.

As the years passed the neighbors would bring their broken machinery to Wilbur for repairs. The business was steady enough he left Vermeer and started his own welding shop at his home. The love he had for horses led him to build a stagecoach which carried Wilbur, Janet and the grandkids through the eighties hitting every parade along the way. In 1994 Wilbur began collecting western saddles. Wilbur loved all saddles from slick forks to high backs he would find the perfect spot to display them. As the collection grew so did his reputation. He became an expert on the various makers from the 1800’s to present day. He loved to share them with anyone, including Mrs. Galeazzi’s kindergarten classes.

Text Only
Obituaries
  • Death Notice-Norma Kauzlarich

    Norma Kauzlarich, 81, of Knoxville, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014 at her home in Knoxville. 

    April 18, 2014

  • Noftsger obit pic Mary Noftsger Mary Dorathea Willson Noftsger was born on Oct. 14, 1914, in Blue Hill, Neb., the daughter of Dora and George Willson. She attended kindergarten through high school in Blue Hill, where she enjoyed sports and being in the high school pep club. Mary wa

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gray obit photo Lavonne Gray Lavonne Harriet Gray, age 87 of Knoxville, passed away Thursday morning, April 10, 2014, at the Mercy West Lake Hospital in West Des Moines. Lavonne was born in Frost Village, Minn., on March 4, 1927, the daughter of Theodore Knute and Hannah (Lund)

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Geery obit pic Wilma Geery Wilma Lucinda Geery was born Dec. 27, 1937, in Tracy, the daughter of John and Anna (Thompson) Angelo. On Dec. 27, 1953, Wilma was united in marriage to Keith Geery, Sr. Keith was in the service and the couple lived in several locations, including Ca

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dewey obit pic Dewey A. Fastenau Dewey A. Fastenau, age 77 of Knoxville, passed away Wednesday morning, April 9, 2014, at the Hospice Comfort House of Pella. Dewey was born in Villisca, Iowa, on June 13, 1936, the son of Henry and Elvira (Sunderman) Fastenau. Dewey attended the Vill

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Death Notice-Linda Cowman Linda S. Cowman, age 73 of Knoxville, passed away Monday evening, April 14, 2014, at the Knoxville Hospital of Knoxville. Linda’s wishes were to be cremated and a Celebration of Life memorial gathering, with Linda’s family present, will be held from

    April 16, 2014

  • Starr obit pic Donald Starr Donald Wesley Starr was born Oct. 13, 1921, in Edgewood, Iowa, the son of Carl and Etta (Hansel) Starr. As a young man, Don worked on the family farm and for Strawberry Point Creamery. On Aug. 14, 1942, Don enlisted in the United States Army and fait

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lova obit pic Lova Devee Storm Lova Devee Storm was born in Wayne County on Feb. 19, 1923. She was the daughter of Lester and Floy (Guthrie) Thatcher. Lova departed this life on April 5, 2014, at the West Ridge Nursing & Rehab Center in Knoxville, at the age of 91 years. Lova grew

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bly obit pic Charles M. Bly Charles M. Bly, 70, passed away Monday, March 31, 2014, at Unity Point Health Des Moines Methodist. Charles was born Nov. 3, 1943, in Pleasantville, to Clarence and Mercedese Bly. He was a building engineer for Central Life Insurance. Charles always

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Death Notice-Lova Storm

    April 8, 2014

Features
AP Video
Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case Horseless Carriage Introduced at NY Auto Show Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Beau Biden Plans 2016 Run for Del. Governor Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Obama: 8 Million Healthcare Signups Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners
Facebook
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Which service of the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce do you believe is most beneficial for its membership?

Events
Legislative lobbying
Promotional material publication
Educational programs for the community
Other
     View Results