Earl E. Mathis of rural Fairland died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, at Integris Baptist Regional Health Center.

He was 86.†

Mr. Mathis was born Nov. 25, 1922, in Wyandotte to Claude and Nellie (Jones) Mathis.† He moved to Fairland from California in 1950.

He was a World War II veteran of the Army, serving from February 1943 to February 1946 as a first sergeant in the 745th Tank Battalion during the Pacific Campaign.†

He worked as a diesel mechanic for Miami Truck, Kenís Trucking, and retired from Burggraf Tire in 1982.†

He married Dorothy Blois on April 14, 1946, in Columbus, Kan. She preceded him in death on May 7, 2007.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Curly Mathis.††

Survivors include three sons and their wives, Joe and Pam Mathis of Fairland, Gary and Sue Mathis of Chesterfield, Mo., and Tom and Elaine Mathis of Northport, Ala.; two brothers, Willard and Floyd Mathis; five sisters, Genevieve Fields, Sue Owens, Claudette Hall, Othelia Warfield and Violet Hall, eight grandchildren, Rick Mathis, Steve and Sheila Mathis, Jason and Beth Brand, Kelly Mathis, Krissy Loehr, Brent Mathis, Callie Mathis and Alexa Mathis, and six great-grandchildren, Braeden Loehr, Alyssa Mathis, Jenna Mathis and Kayla, Kyle and Megan Brand.††

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Fairland Cemetery. Brad Stogsdill will officiate.† Military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post No. 147 Funeral Detail.†

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Adcock Funeral Home in Fairland.†