Lee Mathes, 90, of Granite City, passed away at 12:25 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at Christian Hospital in St. Louis.
He was born Feb. 6, 1924, in Jonesboro, Ark., a son of the late William Charles and Anna (McAnelly) Mathes.
Lee retired from the Granite City Housing Authority after many years of service and had previously worked at General Motors and General Cables. The United States veteran proudly served his country with the Army during World War II. He was a dedicated and faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City. Lee had a special love of music and enjoyed playing the guitar and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. He was very devoted to his family and will always be remembered for the love and special times shared with his wife, children, grandchildren and siblings. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Catherine (Kim) Mathes; son, Leland Mathes and several brothers and sisters.
He is survived by four children and their spouses, Robert and Sharon Mathes of Glen Carbon, Mary Anna and Jim Hendrix of Fenton, Mo., William and Carol Mathes of Granite City and Gerald and Brenda Mathes of Richland, Mo.; nine grandchildren, Jason, Steven, Karyn, Barbara, Stephanie, Kelly, Sarah, Vanessa and Cynthia; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Mathes of Granite City and William Charles Mathes of Jonesboro, Ark.; numerous nieces and nephews; and other extended family and friends.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2606 Washington Ave. in Granite City on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at 10 a.m. with Fr. Manuel Cuizon as celebrant and Fr. Chris Comerford as concelebrant.
Burial with full military honors will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorials may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church and may be accepted at the funeral home, www.irwinchapel.com.