Popular retired Lodi pastor, political activist Robert Mattheis dies
Bob Mattheis joined with other locals to protest the war on Iraq
at the corner of Kettleman Lane and Hutchins Street in Lodi on Aug.
- Celebration of life next week
A celebration of the life of Robert W. Mattheis will be held at
2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1055 S.
Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi.
- The life and times of Bob Mattheis
Born: Dec. 2, 1935 in Delmont, S.D.
Education: Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa,
and Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. Received Doctor
of Divinity in 1994 in Wartburg.
Pastor: Trinity Lutheran Church in Hartington,
Neb.; Trinity Lutheran in Crofton, Neb.; Our Savior’s Lutheran in
Ferndale, Humboldt County; Christ the King in Orangevale; St. Paul
Lutheran in Lodi, 1974-94.
Bishop: Sierra Pacific Synod of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America, 1994-2002. The synod covered the Bay
Area to Elko, Nev., and from Tulare to Yreka.
Community activities: President of the Lodi
Ministerial Association in 1981; Lodi Kiwanis Club president in
1984-85; Lodi New Life Mission board in 1990-92; Lodi Memorial
Hospital Ethics Committee, 1990-94; Greater Lodi Area Democratic
Family: Wife of 54 years, Janet Bowden
Mattheis; children, Timothy Mattheis, Laurie Maggio, AmyJo Mattheis
Holmquist and Christopher Mattheis; eight grandchildren.
— Source: Family of Bob Mattheis
- Bob Mattheis named one of Lodi’s six most handsome men
In commemoration of National Men Watching Week in 1981, Bob
Mattheis was named one of the six most handsome men in Lodi.
A News-Sentinel reporter surveyed six women who held
professional positions and asked each of them who they considered
the most handsome. Women were not allowed to name their spouse or
Jackie Masterson, secretary for then-Police Chief Marc Yates,
nominated Mattheis in a News-Sentinel story published Jan. 14,
“All he has to do is walk into a room, and you are immediately
aware of his quality, his personality — it just shines,” Masterson
said. “You sense the individual quality he reflects in his faith. I
think that’s what makes him handsome.”
The other five named Lodi’s most handsome were Jack Carter,
owner of Burton’s Shoes; Greg Johnson, principal of Lawrence and
Turner-Ray schools; Ken Boyd, salesman for Katzakian and Schaffer
Realtors; Jerald Kirsten, of Kirsten & Poore CPA; and John
Cockram, co-pastor with Mattheis at St. Paul Lutheran Church.
— Ross Farrow
Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 12:00 am
Updated: 12:35 pm, Mon Jul 29, 2013.
Lodi lost a popular pastor who championed social justice issues
on Saturday, when Robert W. Mattheis died of bone cancer at his
home. He was 75.
Mattheis was pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church for 20 years
before becoming bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1994. He retired in 2002
and later became active in politics. Mattheis was president of the
Greater Lodi Area Democratic Club in 2009 and 2010.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 12:00 am.
Updated: 12:35 pm.