“Dear Mr. Jones,
Thank you for your professional, compassionate spirit at my grandfather, T. G’s, funeral. I remember when you buried my grandmother 25 years ago (I was 7!), and your smiling face is just the same. The professionalism of your staff will always stand out in my mind when I remember this time. That is a precious gift. Thank you.
— M. D.
Wilbert E. Mather
January 04, 1923 - December 18, 2012
Wilbert E. “Grandpa” Mather, age 89, a longtime resident of Lockport, IL, died Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at his home on the Mather family farm. He was born January 4, 1923 in Lemont, IL.
Beloved husband of Mary Ann (nee Culver)) Mather, whom he married November 7, 1953, loving father of Randy S. Mather of Plainfield, IL, Greg B. Mather of Plainfield, IL and Dan T. (Peggy) Mather of Lockport, IL, adored grandfather of Chad M. Mather, cherished great-grandfather of Xia Mather, devoted son of the late William A. and Grace (nee Grabow) Mather, dear brother of Rosemarie (the late David) King of Oswego, IL and the late Violet (the late Ralph) Bush, Gilbert (the late Betty) Mather and Lillian (the late Allen) Schmidt, brother-in-law of James Culver of Plainfield, fond uncle of many. Wilbert is survived by his faithful dogs, Benji and Annabelle.
Wilbert moved with his parents to the current family farm on Weber Road while in grade school and attended Wilson School in Lockport. He worked for many years as a dairy farmer, retiring in 1982 and continued to grow corn and soybeans until full retirement in 1988. He was a member of Plainfield United Methodist Church in Plainfield, Will County Farm Bureau and was a former member of the American Milk Association.
Wilbert enjoyed playing his accordion, watching NASCAR and working on his tractors and around his farm.
Visitation Friday, December 21, 3:00-7:30 P.M. at Overman-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 15219 S. Joliet Road (Corner of Rts. 30 & 59), Plainfield.
Funeral Services will follow Friday, 7:30 P.M. in the funeral home.
Private Interment: Plainfield Township Cemetery, Plainfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to: Plainfield United Methodist Church, 15114 S. Illinois St., Plainfield, IL 60544, (815)436-9651.