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B. Deane Matthews


East Wenatchee, Washington, - B. Deane Matthews, 78, died October 19, 2002 in East Wenatchee, Washington.

Deane Matthews was born May 9, 1924, in Humboldt, Minnesota, son of Lomas K. Matthews and Stella (Rickenberg) Matthews.

He grew up and attended grade school in Humboldt and graduated from Hallock High School, Hallock, MN in 1942.

He enlisted in the United States Air Force and attended USAF meteorology courses at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and further radar training at Boca Raton, Florida before he was assigned to foreign duty. He was the sole survivor of an airplane crash off the Ivory Coast of West Africa and spent a recovery period in Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Colorado.

After discharge from the service, he attended the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and graduated in 1947 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He was then employed by various companies in a variety of construction and engineering projects, including, but not limited to, dams, tunnels, railroad projects, harbor and dock projects, highways, and the planning and construction of an entire city in Saudi Arabia. Upon his return to the U. S., he settled in the Seattle, Washington area where he owned and operated an engineering and land surveying business until a few years ago when he retired to East Wenatchee, WA.

On December 30, 1950, he married Margaret Weatherhead, in Wisconsin who also graduated from University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing Education. They lived in various states relating to construction projects locations.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; daughers: Melinda (Tom) DeLisle, Deborah (Steve) Durkee, Barbara (Jerald) Orosco, Gretchen (Bruce) Johnson; sons: Daniel Matthews, David (Shellie) Matthews, many grandchildren and great, grandchildren, and brother, Dennis Matthews.

Deane's love of the Lord Jesus Christ was very important to him, and he helped his family to have this same love and belief. He was a Registered Professional Civil Engineer and a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was a 50 year member of the following: Masonic Riverside Lodge #112, Wenatchee, WA; Analia Chapter #112 Order of the Eastern Star in Edmonds, WA, Denver Consistory Scottish Rite, and Almalakiah Shriners of Los Angeles, CA.

Services were held 2 p.m., October at the Eastmont Presbyterian Church, East Wenatchee, Washington with Reverend Bruce Johnson and Reverend Jim Deal officiating.