Freddie “Fred” Paul
Mathews, age 74, passed away at home with his loving family by his side on
Sunday, July 26, 2020.
Fred was born in
Searcy, Arkansas, on March 8, 1946, to Ishmael “Archie” Eugene Mathews and
Velva Mathews Fields (Albert).
Fred married the
love of his life, Linda, on June 28, 1976.
Fred is survived by
his loving children, Doug (Sandy) Mathews of Valparaiso, Tracy (Jeff)
Silhavy of Valparaiso, David (Cindy) Mathews of Westville, and Sara Darnell
of Chesterton; former son-in-law, Jack Darnell of Chesterton;
cousins/siblings, Kathy (Rick) Roark, Chris (Sherry) Smith; grandchildren,
Curtis, Nikki, Amber, Elizabeth, Jenni, Kodi, Kane, David, Freddy and Alex;
great-grandchildren, Zane, Cameron, Isabella, Riley and Leon; numerous
nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in
death by his loving wife, parents and grandchild, Joshua Silhavy; brother,
Ishmael “Sonny” Mathews and sister, Judy Edwards (Butch).
Fred served in the
United States Army from 1966-1968 as an MP during the Vietnam War. During
his service he received the National Service Defense Medal, Good Conduct
Medal and Sharpshooter Badge. Fred began his career at the Power Station at
Bethlehem Steel in 1972 until his retirement in 1998.
Fred was a true
family man. There was nothing that meant more to him than his family. He was
always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He loved his
garden, enjoyed watching golf but his favorite past time was watching his
family grow and blossom. Fred was loved and adored by everyone he met.
will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2020, at 10:30 a.m., at Edmonds & Evans
Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN 46304. Burial at Chesterton
Cemetery to follow.
Visitation will be
held on Friday, July 31, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at the