Fred Matheny
Fred Matheny

Fred J. Matheny, 85, Warsaw, passed away at 11:45 a.m. on Feb. 6, 2017, at Mason Health and Rehabilitation Center, Warsaw.

He was born in Bourbon, on Nov. 30, 1931, to Ralph and Esther (Mitchell) Matheny.

On June 22, 1951, in Warsaw, he was united in marriage to his first wife, Margaret Fuller, who preceded him in death on May 4, 2016. On June 9, 1972, he married his second wife, Loretta "Skip" Bashore in Rochester, who preceded him in death on Jan. 5, 1998.

After living in Rochester, Fred moved to Warsaw. He formerly worked as an auto mechanic and driver for Fort Wayne Auto Auction and Hammel Chrysler-Plymouth in Rochester. He was active with the Fulton County Historical Society, a muzzleloader shooter and an avid deer hunter.

He is survived by his daughters, Jean A. "Jeanie" and spouse Terry Craig, and Judy Zorn and companion Rocky Bays, all of Warsaw; his brothers, Don Matheny, Rochester, and Russell Matheny, Bloomington, Calif. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Steve and spouse Melinda Zorn, Krista Brown, Melissa Craig and Brian and spouse Kimberly Craig, all of Warsaw; and three great-grandchildren, Peyton Craig, Bryson Bailey and Sydney Brown, all of Warsaw.

He was preceded in death by his wives and sister Freda Warren.

A funeral service will be on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at 1 p.m. at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, with Chaplain Denny Bollenbacher officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in North Manchester. A visitation will be on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Historical Society, 37 E. 375 N., Rochester, IN 46975. To sign the guest register or leave condolences electronically, go to