Jess T. Mathias, 85 May 22, 1913 - March 28, 1999 Jess T. Mathias, 85, a lifelong resident of Richland Township, died at 10:01 a.m. Sunday, March 28, 1999, at Whitley Memorial Hospital in Columbia City. where he was admitted Sunday, March 21. Born May 22, 1913, in Richland Township, Whitley County, a don of William E. and Cora E. Loe Mithias, he graduated fron Larwill High School. On April 16, 1938 he was united in marriage to Madge M. Mathias and they reside on the family farm until March 1974, when they moved to their present home. In addition to farming, he drove school bus for 13 years, worked for the Indiana Stae Highway Department and in 1972, he bacame custodian at Columbia City Joint High School, tetiring in 1980. His church affiliation was with New Hope Wesleyan Church. Surviving relatives incudes hid wife, Madge; two gaughters and their husbands, Karen L. and Ronald Wolf, and Janet Sue and Robert Patterson, all of Larwill; five grandchildren, Joe Wolf, Andy Wolf, Andy Wolf, Sheila VanWey, Paul Ramp and Josh Reister; five step grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and 18 step-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother John R. Mathias, and a sister, Jean Kessler. The funeral service begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at Smith and Sons Funeral Home in Columbia City, with the Rev. Barry Faucett, of New Hope Wesleyan Church, officiating. Visitation is 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial is at Lakeview Cemetery in Larwill.