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Marvin E. Mathis

d. April 21, 2014


Marvin E. Mathis 87, died Monday, April 21, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky.  He was born July 26, 1920 in Parson, Kansas to Oran V. and Reba (Russell) Mathis. On October 20, 1951 he married Emma Jean Likins.  She preceded him in death in 2007.  Marvin retired in 1987 as a ticket agent for both the Santa Fe and Amtrak railroads. He greatly enjoyed his time working for the railroad enjoyed writing poetry and short stories about the railroad.  He was a longtime active member of the Church of Christ in Emporia, Parsons, Newton and Richmond, Kentucky.  He was an avid walker and looked forward to spending time with his loving family and many friends. 


Marvin is survived by three sons: David Mathis of Hillsboro, KS, John Mathis of Richmond, KY and Dan Mathis of Topeka, KS; one brother Russell Mathis of Parson, KS and one sister Nadine Stephenson of Parson, KS.  He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.


Marvin is preceded in death by his parents, wife, daughter Debra Jean Mathis, brothers Homer and Howard Mathis and sisters Vinetta Chickadonz, Freida Conrad, and Patty Kimray.


Memorials suggestion to American Cancer Society in care of Petersen Funeral Home.


A graveside committal service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Emporia, Kansas with Minister Neil Taylor of the Emporia Church of Christ officiating.  A book signing will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton, Kansas.  The casket will remain closed.

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