In Loving Memory…

Carl E. Mathews

Carl E. Mathews peacefully left this world on Oct 3, 2019, at his home.  He was born by lantern light in Shelby County Illinois on Sept. 15, 1938 to Isabel (Rankin) Mathews and Luther Mathews.

Serving in the Army as a Code Breaker, intercepting messages from the Russians at Kenai, Alaska-7th Field Station-1957 through 1960.  He had a great love of the outdoors; an avid/extraordinary hunter and fisherman.  Carl never cared much about anything except the things that really mattered.  An Operating Engineer with Local 916, he saved many a tree in the way of progress.  Mr. Mathews had a charm, a way with words- he often would resort to bafflement when brilliance just wouldn’t get the job done.  Affectionately known as “Snook”, many a pie fell into the wrong hands- snatched right off the window sills due to Dad’s out and out love for pie.
Our precious Dad leaves behind- to carry on his legacy of doing right, no matter what the other fellar might be doing; Brother Robert Mathews-Stewardson, Illinois- Sons: Sam (Diane) Mathews- Otterville, Missouri, Robert Mathews- Key West, Florida, Daughter- Terry (Ken) Moffitt- Big Lake TWP, Maine- Grandchildren: Emma and Chris Nation, Mathew and Candice Fowler, Lily Bess Fowler,Marina (Chance) Mathews, Aunt Imogene Renfro, and one wily Jack Russel-Weasel.
As Mayor of Dutch Creek, Pike County Illinois- he was known to keep good company with a circle of friends that seemed like family,(but he got to pick them out himself):Tom Ellison, Carl McCleary, John Bohn, Curt & Kelly DeSpain and Family, Dave Collard and Family, Butch, Don and a few other good ones.  Special Connections: Rhiannon & Shane Klier, Ella and Addy- Like Sunshine to him. Cousins- The Bales Brothers- Ed, Jim, and Dick.  Mike and Chuck Hudspeth.   Special Buddies from way back- Brian Fowler, Mike & Chuck Hudspeth.
He was preceded in death by-
Isabel Howard- Mother, Louella Mathews- precious Sister-in-law.  Fishing Buddy-Grandson Cpl Beau G. Robbins, USMC. Uncle’s Bus and Gene. Bales’ Cousins- Pat and Jan.
A Private Family Service will be held on Bo’s Ridge. Contributions may be made to the Hometown Homecare Hospice, Cooper County Missouri…for surely the peace he knew would not have been possible without those Angels and a Nurse Practitioner who too, seemed sent by a Divine wind.
Special notes:  Carl was an avid observer of life and all it’s inhabitants, he seldom told a yard long story that he didn’t stretch a mile long.  To say we were dazzled by him is an understatement…his charm, his way with words and people has left us all with a lasting impression of a man determined to live and die (and every moment in between)- on his own terms.  We hope he knows the all and everything now, to us that knew and loved him- that is what he was…and will ever be.


  1. So sorry for your loss

  2. So sorry…He sounds like one amazing man!

  3. Sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed the times I had with him. He gave me many life lessons

  4. I knew Carl for a while and always enjoyed his company. A true blessing to say the least. I’ll always remember his love for hunting and fishing.

  5. I wish I would have met him. He sounds like a wonderful man. One of a kind. My sympathy to the whole family that loved him much.

  6. Linda (Lumpp) Frye

    I am so sorry I never had the pleasure of meeting this cousin of mine. I can tell he was an amazing man. Sorry for your loss and hope to be in contact with some of the family. . Rhiannon can help with that if u so wish. You will be in my prayers.

  7. Tracey Rithaler

    I am sorry for your profound loss. Carl sounds like he was a unique and wonderful man with a fun sense of humor. I know he will be missed by many.
    (I must say, this is a perfect obit.)

  8. Terry and Family we are grateful to have you in our lives and it was an honor to meet your dad and brother .Jim really enjoyed taking them fishing .The short time we had with him it was evident what a character he was .Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. with LOVE JIM AND GAIL

  9. Our heartfelt condolences. Nice tribute to your dad,Terry.

  10. Larry Patterson

    Terry,Sam, And Bob. I am sorry to hear about The passing of Carl. Sorry for your loss. Still remember the good old days

  11. My deepest condolences, Mathews family. Carl was a lovable character and I know he’ll be greatly missed.

  12. Terry , Sammy , Dianne , & Bob ,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of Carl , very sorry for the loss of a dear loved one ..
    Carl was good man , always ready to jump at the chance to go outdoors and hunt or fish . You could always count on him to go . Some of my best memories in life come from doing outdoor stuff with Carl , we had some great experiences over the years . Carl will definitely be missed and thought of a lot , mentioned in future stories .

  13. My younger sister and I were “in love” with Snook! When he served our country in Alaska,he faithfully wrote to us and sent little mementos. We lost touch over the years and went separate ways,but it is so sweet to hear of the “rest of his story”.Love to all his family.

  14. Sending thoughts and prayers to each one of you. Love and hugs, Chris and Lynn Payne

  15. Our deepest condolences to your family from ours. We always thought of Carl as one of our greatest friends. He was so kind hearted and meant a lot to us. He will be dearly missed by everyone. You are all in our prayers! Curt, Kelli, Tyler, Ben & Silas DeSpain

  16. Carl was a huge inspiration in my life growing up in Riverton, Illinois. He taught me so much about life. As I grew up and moved forward with my life, I never forgot how important he was to me. Fortunately, in 2004, a chance but very brief stopover in Pike County on our way to Seattle, WA gave my 3 children and my wife a chance to meet this extraordinary man. They would always ask me to tell them stories about “hoggin” bank pole fishing the Mississippi, and of course “coon hunting”. I was so very fortunate to speak with him last year when I placed s chance call to his old published number. I am so glad I did. My heart goes out to his family for their loss but I know his memory and the impact he had on those around him will be a lasting testimony to his extraordinary character. Rest in Peace Mr. Mathews and thank you so much for the memories.

  17. Teresa Mallinckrodt-Ham

    Terry, Sammy, Bobby and your beautiful families,
    I can’t even begin to express my sorrow, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Carl was an absolutely amazing human being, I know he is with his maker. Dutch Creek has and never will be the same in his absence. I will always remember his kind heart and his laugh. I spent a lot of time with Carl and loved him like my own dad. May you all find peace over the days together remembering and sharing in your Dads beautiful life. He will be greatly mourned here in Rockport, the one and only suburb of Dutch Creek.
    Teresa Mallinckrodt-Ham & Family

  18. Sincere sympathy for the loss of Carl. He will be missed. I was his postmaster and enjoyed our passing visits

  19. So sorry, Terry and all your family. Carl was a very interesting, special man and will be missed by many. I’m glad I got to know him years ago. You all have wonderful memories to keep sharing with one another through the years. Earl and I send our deepest sympathy.

  20. Mary & Jon Brockfeld

    Our deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family. Carl was such a sweet man, I always enjoyed visiting with him. We used to always have our annual Missouri versus Illinois volleyball game and even designed a traveling trophy. I remember the time we brought our then 2 young children by and he gave us all a sob story that the mommy to these 3 Banty chickens was gone and needed a new home, guess what we went home with! Carl will be missed by all who knew him. Deepest sympathy

  21. Carl was one of the toughest best man I’ve ever known he taught me a lot about life and I’m thankful for getting to know him miss him

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