James Ellsworth Matthews, 71, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., passed away on July 1, 2014.
James was born on September 4, 1942 to William and Elizabeth Matthews, Hallock.
James was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force.
He is survived by his children, Kim Matthews-Pavey and Scott Matthews; a brother Gerald Matthews, and a sister, Judy Matthews-Knutson.
Services were held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Inver Grove Heights.
His children wrote the following:
Dad loved the outdoors and especially fishing. He did try his luck at golf but decided after too many mulligans he would go back to fishing. He enjoyed fishing even though he lost more than he caught, but one can never say he didn’t try.
Another one of his favorite things to do was dance. He could really cut a mean rug.
Dad also loved to cook and especially grill. He loved his beer and butter chicken and thankfully passed that on to us. He was very adventurous when cooking and loved to try new recipes. He especially loved Christmas time when he and his neighbor would get together and have lefse and lutefisk.
Dad liked things simple and direct and hated big words. I remember when he said I was making up words such as “stoic” or “copious.” We would have a great time bantering back and forth about it. He had an infectious smile and unforgettable quotes and shall remain in our hearts forever.
Later in life, Dad had a real fondness for travel and especially to Scotland where his side of the family had originated and now his daughter currently lives (exactly 25 miles south of where the Hattie family started many, many years ago). So Dad finally made the trip to Scotland to explore the country he had only ever heard about, seen on nature programs, or seen in photos or heard about in stories from Kim.
He loved the rolling hillsides and the wooded mountains where peace and serenity were all so abundant. Dad really did have a full and eventful life. A passionate man, he will always be so close to everyone’s heart who has ever met him. Dad, rest in peace now and know that we will always celebrate the life of you, now and forever.