Rodney L. Mathews, 61, of Alton, passed away at 9:55 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at his residence.
He was born on March 23, 1953, in Alton, the son of the late Riley and Ida A. (Fry) Mathews.
Rodney married Rebecca J. Lawton on Nov. 27, 1970, in Alton. She survives.
Rodney served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the VFW Post 1308 of Alton. Rodney was an avid collector of vintage cars.
He is survived by his spouse and two children, Rodney W. Mathews of Alton and Tonya Mathews of Alton; three grandchildren, Karlie Matthews, Cody Mugge and Brandon Mugge; two great-grandchildren, Christopher Robert Clark and Olivia Michelle Clark; three sisters, Geraldine Trimm of Brighton, Sharon Cox and her spouse, Jerry, of Alton, Rosetta Jane Stone of Granberry, Texas, and one brother; Riley Daniel Mathews and his spouse, Gloria.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Jason Mathews; and four sisters, Donna Ellis, Joan Mathews, Rita Mathews and Frita Mathews.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at the Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Alton.
Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.
Memorials may be directed to American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Association.
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.