James M. “Jim” Matheis, 72, Jasper

James M. “Jim” Matheis, 72 of Jasper, died Saturday, February 29, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born in Huntingburg March 10, 1947, to Bernard P. and Hannah L. (Kays) Matheis. He married Wanda Ernst March 29, 1974, in Jasper.

Jim was a 1965 graduate of Jasper High School. He worked at the Jasper Corporation  from 1965 until 1968, when he went to work as a policeman for the Jasper City Police Department. He was a firearms instructor for the police department and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He retired from the police department in 1988 and worked at Jasper Rubber as a pressline manager from 1988 until he retired in 2010. He was  a U.S. Army reservist. He completed basic training in 1967 and was an MPC (Military Policeman) until his honorable discharge in 1972. He attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. He enjoyed horseback riding, particularly cross country trail riding.  He was the president of the Dubois County Saddle Club for many years, and a 4-H leader for the Horse and Pony Club. He was instrumental in helping to start the 4-H Shooting Sports program and enjoyed camping, hunting, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Matheis; three sons; Chris Matheis and wife Michele, South Bend, and Greg Matheis and wife Connie and Jeff Matheis, all of Jasper; five grandchildren; James, Madison, Megan, Kennedy, and Carson Matheis; four sisters; Connie Pearson and husband Richard, New Albany, Sarah Hopf  and husband Tom and Jackie Lampert and husband Mike, all of Jasper, and Mary Klingel and husband Bob, Ireland.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Hannah Matheis.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper with entombment following in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum. American Legion Post 1476 will conduct military graveside rites.