Norman Lee Matthies, age 75, of Rotan, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on Christmas Day - Friday, December 25, 2020.
Due to COVID restrictions, a private service will be held for immediate family only on Saturday, January 2, 2021. Services are under the direction of Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home in Rotan. A graveside memorial for family and friends will be held at a later date.
Norman is survived by his wife, Patricia Dalby Willingham Matthies of Rotan; daughter, Carrie Matthies of Hurst, granddaughter Kellye (Steven) Poston, great granddaughters Makenna, Hattie, Josephine, and Samantha; daughter, Melissa Matthies Little of Keller, grandsons Stuart and Michael; and son, Philip (Debra) Matthies, of Ruidoso, NM, grandsons Dale and Cody. He is also survived by sister, Brenda (Tom) Martin of Snyder; brother, Keith Matthies of Snyder; and sister, Susan Griffith of Union along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as two aunts, Carol Mooney of Colorado City and Addie Markham of Rotan.
Norman was preceded in death by his parents, William Carl Matthies and Pauline Ogden Matthies of Roby; and brother-in-law, Clifton Griffith of Union.
Norman was born on May 29, 1945 at Callan Hospital in Rotan, Texas to Carl and Polly Matthies and was the oldest of four children. Norman graduated from Rotan High School in 1963 before serving as a cook in the Army National Guard for four years. He spent most of his life working as a contractor and home builder in Fisher County and surrounding areas. He was also a long-time member of the Masonic Lodge of Roby.
Norman married Pat on November 24, 1999 in San Antonio, Texas. Together they built a beautiful life enjoying time at the ranch and at home, participating in civic and community activities – being active in local and national politics, as well as Western Swing dancing, decorating their home for every holiday, and traveling – especially cruises. Over the years, they traveled to many different states and countries bringing back treasured memories from all over the world, with one favorite destination being Alaska.
Norman was a humble, respected, and life-long learner who was never afraid to tackle a challenge and always eager to lend a helping hand to those in need. His greatest love was his family, specifically his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a wonderful man who lived life to the fullest and was loved beyond words or measure. He will be deeply missed.
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