Michael James Matheny, 1941 – 2014
Michael James Matheny
1941 – 2014
Michael James Matheny completed his journey of 72 years which began with his birth on Sept. 5, 1941, culminating in his entrance to his eternal home on Jan. 29, 2014.
Mike grew up in Coos Bay, Ore., and attended Marshfield High School prior to joining the U.S. Army with his twin brother, Martin, in 1958. After three years of military duty, he attended Life Bible College, where he received a Ministerial degree; George Fox College, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree; and American Baptist Seminary of West Covina, where he received a Master of Divinity.
He re-entered the U.S. Army in 1973 as a Foursquare Gospel Chaplain. During his military career, he served with various military units in Ft. Bragg, N.C.; Bad Kissingen, Germany; Ft. Lewis, Wash.; Ft. Knox, Ky.; and Kaiserslautern, Germany. He retired from the Army in 1990.
He returned to employment with the State of California as a Parole Agent in Palmdale, from 1991 until his retirement in 2005.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Billie; his two daughters, who were the sunshine in his sky, Lori of Sacramento, and Shannon of Stallion Springs; his son-in-law, Jason of Tehachapi, who became the son he always wanted; his best friend and twin brother, Martin and his wife, Janet; sister, Rebecca of Salem, Ore.; father, Robert Filback of Salem, Ore.; brother, Robert and his wife, Suzanne of Pasadena; his aunt, Patty Crist, also of Salem, Ore. His grandchildren were the delight of his life: Shelby, Justin, and Shyloh Jackman of Tehachapi; Shayne and Randall Hahn and Shelby Pierce of Sacramento; and his first great-grandson, Maverick Hahn, whom he did not have the pleasure of meeting, but loved nonetheless. He spent many happy hours with his extended family, including his nieces and nephew, Debra Davis of Tehachapi, and Scot and Sheley Matheny with their twin boys of Bakersfield, as well as numerous nieces and nephews residing in other states. He considered his wife's family his own as well.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in his name and honor to The Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Military Honors Ceremony will be held Friday, Feb. 7, at 9:15 a.m. at Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin. The memorial service will follow at Wood Family Funeral Service in Tehachapi, at 11 a.m.
Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with his care.
For condolences please visit www.woodmortuary.net.