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Samuel E. Mathias Jr., 81, of Slippery Rock passed away the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at VNA Hospice.
Born on Oct. 5, 1935, in Berlin, Pennsylvania, he was a son of the late Samuel E. Sr. and Edna Mae Baker Mathias.
Surviving at home is his beloved wife of 61 wonderful years, the former Mary Louise Sarver, whom he married on Oct. 8, 1955.
After more than 32 years of working, Samuel retired as a postal worker for the United States Postal Service.
He served his country as a member of the Air Force.
An active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Samuel performed with the church choir.
He enjoyed leatherwork and was an outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and camping. Samuel also loved spending time with his family and his pets.
In addition to his wife, Samuel is survived by his children, Samuel A. Mathias and his wife, Wanda L., of Portersville and Alan Lee Mathias of Slippery Rock; his grandchildren, Danny Mathias and Amber Custer and her husband, Matthew; and his great-grandchild, Kaydance.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Lois Dively.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Ed and Don DeCarbo Funeral Home and Crematory, 941 S. Mill St., New Castle.
Family and friends will meet Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church 120 Sunset Drive, Butler, for a funeral service at 11 a.m., officiated by Pastor Joel Benson.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.decarbofuneralhome.com.
Published on February 17, 2017
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