Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Matheis, Richard Anthony Passed Away Peacefully on April 8

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Matheis, Richard Anthony Passed Away Peacefully on April 8

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Matheis, Richard Anthonypassed away peacefully on April 8, 2015 surrounded by Sandra, his beloved wife of 38 years, his daughter Terri, and his sons Todd and Mike. Richard was born on November 18, 1923 in New York City. He was the oldest of five children, who remain to this day each other's very best friends. He attended Garden City High School in Garden City, New York and went on to study at the Virginia Military Institute. He had residences in St. Louis, Missouri and Naples, Florida. He was an executive with the Trane Company in St. Louis for over forty years. Richard proudly served our country during World War II as a B-24 navigator in the 8th Air Force Division, 453rd Bomber Group and flew multiple missions over Germany. On July 14, 1944 he was shot down and spent fourteen months in a German POW camp. As many from the Greatest Generation, he did not speak a great deal of his WWII experience, but with much prodding by Sandra and his grandchildren, eventually wrote of his military days in a cherished memoir entitled "Captured; A WWII Experience of Air Force POW's in Germany". At the time of his passing, he was VMI Alumni Class Chairman and planning its 70th Reunion at the Institute. His military service prompted a life-long love of flying, and he was an active pilot for many years, which included trips around the world and a Trans-Atlantic flight. He was also a nearly forty year resident of Naples, Florida where his love of boating flourished. He and Sandra spent many hours on the Gulf, and taking excursions around the Caribbean in their aptly named boat "Que Sera". One of his favorite ships in his fleet was a Duffy that he kept mainly for his fourteen grandchildren who adored taking trips around Naples' canals with "Captain Rich." What Richard cherished the most was his family. His marriage of 38 years to Sandra included much travel and happiness. …

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