|Geral L. Mathews, 64, went to be with his Lord and Savior surrounded by his loving family at 7:47 A.M. on Monday, June 13, 2011 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Illinois.
He was born on February 13, 1947 in Galesburg, Illinois the son of D. Dean and Marge McCoy Mathews. He married Sharon James on July 27, 1968 at the Abingdon Christian Church in Abingdon, Illinois. She survives of Galesburg, Illinois.
Also surviving is a daughter: Renee Lynn (David) Cox of Fishers, Indiana
Two sons:Thomas Dean Mathews of Golden, Colorado;Derek Duane (Wanda) Mathews of Belvedere, Illinois. Two grandchildren: Lily Grace Mathews and Liam Henry Mathews. His Mother: Marge Mathews of Knoxville, Illinois.
Two Brothers:Glade (Sue) Mathews of St. Charles, Missouri and Greg (Donna) Mathews of Galesburg, Illinois. Many Nieces and Nephews.
His father and one brother, Gale, preceded him in death.
He was raised and educated in Knoxville, Illinois, graduating from the Knoxville High School in 1965 where he was crowned Homecoming King by his fellwo classmates. He attended Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois. He played semi-pro football in the late 1960's.
He worked for the former Butler Manufacturing of Galesburg, Illinois for 11 years, he then was the "Hone Ranger" for Caterpillar in Mossville, Illinois, Gilson Grain in Gilson, Illinois, then GDI of Peoria, Illinois in logistics, until her retired July of 2009. He was active in Boy Scouts as well.
He was a member of the Knoxville United Methodist Church of Knoxville, Illinois, Galesburg Gun Club, National Rifle Association and the Illinois State Rifle Association.
His hobbies included Farming, Football and Drag Racing. He enjoyed Gardening and most of all making homemade ice cream and eating it.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes & Crematory in Knoxville, Illinois. Rev. David Scholl officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Friday, June 17, 2011 at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes & Crematory in Knoxville, Illinois, with a Fellowship following the funeral services at the Hurd-Hendricks Fellowship Center. Cremation Rites will be accorded and private inurnment will be in the Haynes Cemetery in Rural Delong, Illinois at a later date. In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Galesburg Rescue Mission or the Galesburg Gun Club. On-line condolences and sympathy cards may be sent through www.hurd-hendicksfuneralhome.com