In Memorium: Daniel John Matheny

Note from Nancy Matheny: “Just wanted to let you know that my husband passed away March 5, 2023 here in Lebanon, Oregon. His name is Daniel John Matheny, son of Donald Edward Matheny, son of Edward Harry Matheny, Son of Jocelyn Grey Matheny, son of Daniel B. Matheny, son of Daniel Matheny. I know many of you from reunions in the past.”

Daniel ‘Dan’ John Matheny

Dec. 25, 1946 – March 5, 2023

Daniel “Dan” John Matheny, 76, of Lebanon, passed away March 5, 2023.

He was born Dec. 25, 1946, in Portland, the second son of Donald Edward and Dale Sylvia (Power) Matheny.

He grew up in Halsey and remembers dressing up to go into Lebanon. He was proud of his pioneer heritage and had ancestors who came over in 1843 in one of the first wagon trains to Oregon.

Dan served in the United States Air Force, retiring after serving for over 22 years.

He was a computer operator, recreation specialist (he taught water skiing at Lake LBJ in Texas), flight simulator instructor and missile site manager.

While serving he lived in Texas, Washington, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, South Dakota and Missouri.

After retiring from the Air Force he returned to his beloved Oregon and eventually opened his own hearing aid business.

He then lived in Bend, Burns, Woodburn, Keizer and Lebanon. In 2009 he became the owner of Oregon Hearing Health Service and commuted from Keizer until 2015 when he and his wife bought their dream property outside Lebanon.

He enjoyed church, woodworking, gardening, fishing, reading, playing chess and Words with Friends. He loved his family.

Dan is survived by his wife of 52 years, Nancy of Lebanon; four children David (Halli) Matheny of Leander, Texas, Samuel Matheny of Corvallis, Katrina (Kevin) Shaffer of Williamsburg, Va.; and Andrew (Carrie) Matheny of Gresham; one brother, Ronald (Susan) Matheny of Madras; and 10 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and step-parents; two brothers, Thomas David Matheny (1950-1971), and James Alan Matheny (1946-2004); and one sister who died at birth in 1943, Jeanette Ann Matheny.

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