John Mathis, 68, passed away January 25, 2009. Survived by his beloved wife, Halcyon Mathis; son, John and his wife Cathy of Ft. Collins; daughters, Beth of Ft. Collins, Kim and her husband, Andy of Arlington, Va.; grandchildren, Shelby, Nick and Halcy; and sisters, Jean of St. Louis and Jane of Englewood, Colo. Preceded in death by his parents, Lou and Fran Mathis. John was a life long resident of Pueblo and graduate of Pueblo Catholic High School, in which he remained a very active member of the alumni association. After spending his freshman year at the University of Notre Dame, John transferred to Pueblo College and then completed his degree in political science at Adams State College. After graduation, he worked in various fields, including an appliance salesman for Vidmar-Mathis Appliance and as General Manager at L.J. Pontiac. John found his true calling as a railroad conductor for the C & W Railroad. Upon his retirement he returned to selling appliances for Sears. John enjoyed golfing, fly tying, traveling and was a devoted fisherman, reader and Catholic. He always had a joke to tell and a smile to share with everyone. John, known to many as 'Bubba,' will be missed. We love you dearly. Viewing from 5 to 7 p.m. today in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 28, 2009, at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, 307 E. Mesa Ave., with the Rev. Fr. Ben Bacino and Rev. Fr. Bill Huber, Ph.D. as con celebrants. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers and food, donations may be made in memory of John to the organization of your choice. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. Dear Mathis Family,

    I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your loved one. I knew him just as a customer from Sears. Mr. Mathis was so kind and helpful to me a couple of years ago when I was looking to buy a washing machine. I had such a horrible experience with Sears repair team that I did not want to deal with anything Sears had to offer, but I had a warranty on my washing machine needed another. Mr. Mathis renewed my faith in the human spirit with his gentle kindness. He went above and beyond the call of duty to help me get what I needed. His kind nature calmed my defensiveness and he made me smile. When I saw his obituary I wondered if this was indeed the lovely person who helped me a couple of years ago. Indeed it was. I’m am but a stranger to you, but wanted you to know that your beloved John touched my life and I will not forget his help and kindness. May he be at peace with the Lord and Savior.

    Sincerely

    Valerie Rosen

  2. Dear Halcyon and Family,

    We are thinking of you and praying for you in your time of sorrow. May God grant you the strength you need to get through this difficult time.

    We will remember John as a kind, gentle, and friendly man with a great sense of humor, a wonderful smile, and a mischievious twinkle in his eyes.

    Roger & Ellen

  3. Dear Halcyon, Kim, and family
    I was so sorry to read of John’s death. Even though we didn’t see each other often, he has been a friend since our days at Pueblo Junior College. I will always remember his smiley, cheery face. You are in my prayers. Love, Esther

  4. My deepest sympathy to the John Mathis family: John was one of my favorite employees, always had a joke to tell and was a dilligent, dedicated employee.

  5. My condolences to the Mathis family, we graduated together from PCH and spent many good times together. God bless you all.

  6. Dear Halcyon, Jean, and Jane,
    Howard and I were so sad to hear of our childhood friend Johnny. I was so happy to become reacquainted with him a few years ago and remember what a wonderful family the Mathis family is. I have loved seeing him at the Pueblo Reunions. We will all miss him so much, and our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  7. My sincere sympathy in the passing of John. His smile, strength and energetic approach to life still plays in my mind as I remember our high school days. A ‘Shamrock’� of real worth. I thank him for the life he brought to us all.

  8. Dear Halcyon, Betty and I are shocked to hear of your loss, we were not aware John having any health problems. We, along with all his friends and acquaintences, will miss that broad smile and sparkle in his eyes. Our love and prayers go out to you and the family. May God Bless you. Love,Jim & Betty

  9. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of John. I remember his warm smile and the calmness he always had. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Our thoughts and pryers go out to all of you.
    John was great to work with on the railroad,and was a pleasure to be around.for thoes who knew him,he will be missed.

  11. John,Cathy and Family,
    I am truly sorry for your loss. John, it has been since elementary school and Mrs. Ogden’s since we have seen each other….but for Cathy, only since Cottey. May your time of grief be short compared to the wealth of memories you cherish.

  12. The news of Johns passing was accepted with great sadness but the Memories of our High School days brought a smile to my face. John will most certainly remain in my heart and will always be a pleasant part of my past. Please accept my deepest and sincere Condolences. Respectfully and Sincerely with Deepest Sympathy,
    Gene Hochevar

  13. John … even though we did not see much of each other after high school, you were always part of my past and present … I am in that wider ring of awareness that has a smaller, but very real, share of your loss.

    Halcyon, my sincere condolences. Kim and Andy, I’m in Arlington 703 534-9756, C 703 517-5487 … Kim, give me a call when you get back home.

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