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TACAMO Fallen Veteran - Richard Mathews, VQ-4

November 25,1952-November 22, 2020

Richard D. Mathews of Denison, TX entered into Heaven November 22, 2020 with his family by his side. Born in Spokane, WA to Overton and Hazel Mathews. There first of three children. He loved GOD, JESUS, and his family.

After serving in the United States Navy he married Jennifer C. Kelsey, January 7, 1978. He worked for Texas Instruments and MEMC for 31 years before working at Ruiz foods for 6-7 years. Richard and Jennifer had three sons, Richard II, Troy and Jeffrey.

He loved many things in life and enjoyed each one. He was known for becoming an air guitar extraordinaire. He loved his grandsons, Chase and Collin. Richard was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to so many people. He will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Overton and Hazel, son, Troy and many loved ones. He is survived by son, Richard II and wife, Jennifer, son, Jeffrey and wife, Chastity, brother, Paul and wife, Irene, sister, Laura and ex wife, Jennifer.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 27, 2020 at Reflecting His Glory in Denison. Private interment will be held in DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family and friends will gather to visit from 10-11 a.m. Friday at the church.

Condolences may be registered online at

Thank you Ed Eberle for submitting all the information. "I worked with Richard in the AME shop my last couple years in the Navy. He was a great guy I left in February of 1976 but I believe Richard was there till around the end of 1977. When he was discharged from the Navy he married my first wife's sister so he went from shipmate to brother in law." Ed Eberle


TCVA extends its sympathy and prayer for peace to the Mathew's family and friends during this time of the passing. 


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