Baker City, Oregon
Paul F. Mathews, 78, of Baker City, died Nov. 27, 2001, at his home.
His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Monte Loyd of Baker Valley Christian Assembly will officiate. There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Pilot Rock Cemetery. There will be a private family visitation.
Mr. Mathews was born on April 2, 1923, at Pilot Rock to William and Florence Howe Mathews. He was raised and educated in Pilot Rock. Mr. Mathews enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the European Theater during World War II where he received the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart with clusters.
He married Ada Paugh at Walla Walla, Wash., on Dec. 29, 1972. He loved to mine and started mining in 1978 on Clarks Creek. He remained active in mining until 1999.
In 2000, he was awarded the Oregon Small Miners Award. He also enjoyed operating heavy equipment.
He and his wife moved to Baker City in 1983 where he owned and operated the Stockmens Restaurant & Lounge in Baker City and Paul’s Tavern at Huntington. In this profession, his love of visiting and telling stories made him very popular with customers.
He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Eagles Lodge at Pendleton.
Survivors include his wife, Ada Mathews of Baker City; children, Brenda Paul of Baker City, Paul Mathews of Portland, Tim and Ron Mathews of Huntington; nine grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters; and one son.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of one’s choice through the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.
Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 30, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor