Sheila and Jim Matheny

Sheila Matheny

1963-2017

Jim Matheny

1956-2017 

Memorial Celebration of Life Services for Jim & Sheila Matheny, ages 61 & 54, of Bedford, Iowa, who passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017 in Ogallala, Nebraska will be held Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Christian Presbyterian Church in Bedford, Iowa. Visitation will be held Monday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. with the family greeting friends at the UCPC Church. Private family interment will be held. In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be given in Jim & Sheila’s name. Memories may be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford where we ‘Celebrate Life’.

James Dean Matheny was born May 5, 1956, in Hastings, Nebraska the son of Paul Junior Matheny and Bernice Opal (Yocum) Matheny.  Jim grew up in Nebraska and California until the family moved to Clearfield, Iowa in 1965.  He grew up attending school in Clearfield, graduating from Clearfield High School with the Class of 1975. After graduation he worked for Totes Manufacturing in Lenox where he learned the welding trade.  He went to work for Larry Rice erecting pole frame metal buildings, later going to work for Burcliff in Corning, where he met and fell in love with Sheila.

Sheila Coleen Key was born June 9, 1963, in Maryville, Missouri the daughter of Norman Wesley Hawn and Wanda Lillian (Larson) Key. Sheila grew up in Bedford attending school, graduating from Bedford High School with the Class of 1981. After graduation, Sheila obtained her CNA Degree.  She then went to work for Bedford Nursing & Rehab.  She went to work at Burcliffe in Corning where she met and fell in love with Jim.  

On November 18, 1993, Jim and Sheila were united in marriage and they made their home in Bedford. A wonderful new family was created with the addition of Jaime, Josh, Jake, Tausha and Kalob. Jim worked for Iowa Tool Manufacturing in Creston and Sheila worked for Kawasaki in Maryville and also part-time at Bedford Nursing & Rehab. Jim and Sheila never missed an event their children participated in, they could always be found in the stands ‘cheering loudly’ and ‘enthusiastically’ at their performance. Once the grandchildren came along Jim and Sheila thoroughly enjoyed spending time with them camping, fishing, barbequing, attending t-ball games or any other even they might participate in. Jim was a huge Nebraska Cornhusker Fan, and somewhere along the way, Sheila joined him in his enthusiasm for cheering on the team!

Jim and Sheila were very close to his sister Jerolyn and husband Mike Weese.  Generally, if you saw one couple, you saw both couples. Together they enjoyed camping, motorcycling and sitting around the fire pit enjoying life. Tragically, all four lives ended in a motorcycle accident near Ogallala, Nebraska on July 1, 2017. The family takes comfort in the fact they were all together.

Jim and Sheila possessed a ‘true love’ in their marriage. The standards were set high for the children, their spouses and grandchildren. Emulating a loving relationship will keep their parent’s love alive in their hearts.

Left to cherish Jim and Sheila’s memory are their five children, Jaime Key and wife Del Rae of Bedford, Iowa; Josh Matheny and wife Heather of New Market, Iowa; Jake Matheny and wife Salena of Bedford, Iowa; Tausha Maher and husband Adam of Clarinda, Iowa; and Kalob Matheny of Bedford, Iowa; 11 grandchildren, Austin, Layla, Mason, Dayne, Kaydence, Rylee, Danica, Jocelyn, Justice, Emmitt, and Lincoln; Sheila’s mother, Wanda Hawn; brothers and sisters, Joel Matheny and fiancée Peggy Mattingley; Jeff Matheny; Mike Crosier and wife Kathy; Marlene Key; Jeff Key and Kim Putnam; Ivan Key; Teresa Bowen; along with many other family members, ‘adopted grandchildren,’ relatives and friends.

Preceding Jim and Sheila in death are Jim’s parents, Paul and Bernice Matheny; Sheila’s father, Norman Hawn; Jim’s two brothers Jay Matheny and Randy at infancy; and Jim’s sister, Trish ; along with many aunts and uncles.

Jim and Sheila shared a love that is everlasting.

We know they are laughing and loving us all from above.


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