Rex Andrew Matthiesen Obit

By: Donald Byers
On: 01/22/2003
Rex Andrew Matthiesen
BILLINGS — Rex Andrew Matthiesen, 82, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999, at his home in Billings.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999, at the First Baptist Church in Billings. Officiating will be the Rev. Dale Taylor. Burial will be at Union Cemetery under the direction of Sisson Funeral Home, Billings.

He was born June 29, 1917, on the Matthiesen homestead east of Billings, the son of Andrew and Lillian Mason Matthiesen. He was a graduate of Billings High school and Northern Oklahoma College. Matthiesen was a B-17 co-pilot, completing 32 missions with the 401st Bomb Group, United States Army Air Corps, during World War II.

Matthiesen married Pearl Beck Feb. 11, 1944, in Marland. A farmer/rancher in the Billings area, he served as a deacon for the Baptist Church for 60 years, and as a member of the Glenrose and Billings boards of education. He was a committee member for the Noble County ASCS, and a Billings city councilman. Matthiesen was a member of the American Legion Post in Billings and was instrumental in the organization of the Billings Senior Citizens Nutrition Center. He also served as a board member and officer for the Billings Union Cemetery Association.

He is survived by his wife, Pearl, of the home; three sons, Duane Matthiesen of Boston, Mass., Bob Matthixesen of Billings, and Preston Matthiesen of Fort Worth, Texas; a sister, Andrea McCluskey of Billings; two daughters-in-law; six grandchildren; and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.

Memorials may be directed to the Billings First Baptist Church or the Enid Hospice Circle of Love, in care of Sisson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 41, Billings, OK 74630.