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Merwyn (Merm) Leroy Mathews
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Obituary for Merwyn (Merm) Leroy Mathews

Merm passed away peacefully on September 23, 2017 at the age of 86.
He was born in Newton, Kansas to parents HN and Cora Mathews.
He attended school in Newton and in 1951 he joined the navy.
Upon discharge from the navy he entered the mobile home manufacturing business in Newton. In early 1957 he and three of his brothers moved to McMinnville to help start up the mobile home plant known as Rex Mobile homes. Merm spent the next 27 years building mobile homes at Rex where he met many lifelong friends. After leaving Rex, Merm enjoyed driving tow truck for J and T Towing. He spent 8 years with J and T and then retired in 1992.
Shortly after arriving in McMinnville he met Peggy Jo Pilcher whom he married later that same year and they just celebrated 60 years of marriage.
After retirement they purchased a motor home and spent time traveling and visiting friends and family.
Merm was an avid hunter and enjoyed camping with family and friends. He also spent many years at various motorcycle events as part of the pit crew for his son and many other racers from the McMinnville area.
He was a member of the Elks club and American Legion.
Merm is survived by his wife, son Mark, daughter Lisa (John) Stenson, grandson Matthew Stenson, as well as brother Loran (Corleen) of Astoria, sisters Glenna (Jim) Stuckey and Marilyn Mathews of Wichita, Kansas and many nieces and nephews.
Donations in Merm's name may be made to a charity of choice.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday October 21st from 3:00 to 5:00pm to be held at the American Legion Hall, 126 Atlantic St. McMinnville. Please bring your memories and stories to share.

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3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
American Legion Hall

126 Atlantic Street
McMinnville, Oregon 97128


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