By The Mercury

Guy Donald Mathews, 101, a longtime Wamego and Manhattan resident, died Sunday at Wamego Health Center in Wamego.

The family provided some of the following information.

He was born Aug. 3, 1912, in Beverly. He was the son of George and Edith (LaForce) Mathews.

Mr. Mathews served in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Metalsmith from Oct. 15, 1942, to Dec. 8, 1945, and was honorably discharged as an Aviation Metalsmith 2nd Class.

Guy was the owner and operator of Manhattan Nursery and Garden Store from 1951 to 1974, and later worked from 1974 to 1998 at K-Hill Engine in parts.

He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and Elks Lodge.

On Dec. 31, 1951, in Manhattan, he was married to Shirley M. Stephens.  She preceded him in death on Jan. 28, 1997.  He was also preceded in death by his son Donald Lee Mathews and by five siblings, Lester and Neil Mathews, Thelma McKinley, Ethel Inman and Lola Cevera.

Survivors include his daughters, Stephanie Riniker and her husband Jerry of Wamego, and Betty Roach and her husband John of Afton, Okla.; step-daughter, Linda Kay Myers and her husband Lonnie of Morris, Okla.; 12 grandchildren, Heather Riniker, Melanie (Riniker) Reed, Bill Roach, Rick Roach, Roxie (Roach) Thompson, Mark Roach, Jimmy Jo Roach, David Myers, Keith Myers, Michael Funk, Michelle (Funk) Kleiner and Mary (Funk) Hausman; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Leslye Haller officiating.  Interment will follow in the Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan.

The family of Mr. Mathews will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pottawatomie County Caring Hearts Humane Society in Wamego. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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