Dennis 'Beaver' Mathers

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Dennis “Beaver” Mathers, 67, of La Porte City, formerly of Le Mars, died Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Cedar Valley Hospice House in Waterloo.

Dennis Michael Mathers was born May 31, 1950 in Kingsley, the son of Jack and DeLores (Schmitt) Mathers. He attended elementary school in Kingsley until moving to Le Mars. He attended high school at Gehlen Catholic and graduated in 1968.

Following high school, he began his career in construction with Don Paulin Construction in Le Mars. Later, he owned and operated Mathers Construction in Le Mars until his retirement. In July 2016, he moved to La Porte City to be closer to his daughters.

He was a member of All Saints Parish – St. Joseph Catholic Church in Le Mars. Through the years, he enjoyed fishing, golfing, and camping.

He played on Whitey’s slow pitch softball team and bowled on several teams for many years. He was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and the New York Yankees.

He helped on the “chain gang” for Gehlen Catholic football for several years. He also enjoyed attending the sporting events of his nieces and nephews.

Dennis loved to be around people, he will be remembered by many as a jokester and prankster. But most of all, he loved the time spent with grandchildren.

Survivors include his daughters: Michelle Mathers of Marion, and her daughter, Nora Mathers, his “little peanut”; Lisa (Andy) Alderman of La Porte City, and their son, Logan Alderman, his “little buddy”; two sisters: Janeen (Terry) Reuter of Le Mars, and Marleen (Wayne) Schipper of Le Mars; his nieces and nephews: Eric (Stacy) Reuter, Matt (Sandy) Reuter, Brenda (Phife) Thomas, Tony (Kelsie) Reuter, David (Alissa) Schipper, and Brad (Machelle) Schipper; his special friend: Kathy Kruger of Le Mars; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and DeLores Mathers.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 11, at All Saints Parish – St. Joseph Catholic Church in Le Mars. The Rev. Bruce Lawler will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation with the family present will be from 9 a.m. until service time on Friday at the church. Arrangements are with the Rexwinkel-Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars.

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