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Phillip D. Mather

December 30, 1937 - October 4, 2015

U.S. Veteran
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Phillip D. “Butch” Mather
1937 – 2015
Westboro, Missouri


Phillip D. “Butch” Mather, the son of Lewis Mervin and Imogene (Chambers) Mather was born December 30, 1937 in Dotham, Missouri. He graduated from Westboro High School, Westboro, Missouri in 1955, and entered the United States Navy. Butch proudly served his country on the destroyer USS Porterfield for three years with his specialty being electronics. Butch received his honorable discharge in 1958.


On May 18, 1957, Butch was united in marriage to Norma June Henning in Pasadena, California. They returned to Westboro in 1958 where their family continued to grow with five children; Phil, Janice, Cindy, Diane and Jennifer. Butch was employed by Lewis Mather Construction, a land improvement business owned by his father. Later, Butch, along with his brother, Dean, formed a partnership and purchased the newly named Mather and Sons Construction which he operated until retiring in 2008.


Above all, Butch truly treasured the time he spent with his family and made the most of every opportunity when he was with them. Their well being was his greatest priority and he always put his family before himself. Butch had a passion for woodworking and made hope chests for each of the women in his family that are still treasured today. He also enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, and chocolate milkshakes, hold the cherry on top. Butch loved to laugh and brought a genuine smile to everyone he encountered. Butch passed away Sunday, October 4, 2015, surrounded by his family at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of 77.


Butch was a member of the Westboro United Methodist Church and the Westboro Lions Club. He was a former member of the Westboro Volunteer Fire Department and the Elks Lodge, Shenandoah, Iowa. Butch also had formerly served on the Westboro School Board, Westboro Town Board and City Council and as an assistant Boy Scout Leader.


Besides his parents, Butch was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Carol Mather. Survivors include his wife, Norma, Westboro; children, Phil Mather and his wife, Monica, Coin, Iowa, Janice Cooper and her husband, Scott, Boise, Idaho, Cindy Livengood, St. Louis, Missouri, Diane Livengood and her husband, Craig, and Jennifer Lesher and her husband, Corey, all of Tarkio, Missouri; nine grandchildren, Jill (Gerad) Hardy, John (Heather) Mather, Mark (Heather) Mather, David (Kaitlinn) Mather, Mike (Amanda) Mather, Cara Livengood, Kyle Livengood, Madison Lesher and Daniel Lesher; 15 great-grandchildren, Sierra, Avery, Jackson, Alex, Emmy, Adrianne, Joslyn, Wyatt, Luke, Lyla, Hank, Lilly, Garrett, Graham, Genevieve; brother, Maurice Dean (Patricia) Mather, Shenandoah, Iowa.


Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M., Thursday, October 8, 2015, Westboro United Methodist Church, Westboro, Missouri.
Interment: Center Grove Cemetery, Westboro, Missouri.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-7:00 P.M. Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio, Missouri.
Memorials: Westboro United Methodist Church or Center Grove Cemetery, Westboro.
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Services: Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.