Beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather John (Johnny) Edward Mattox, Jr. passed away at his home in Dallesport, Washington on December 24, 2014 at the age of 88. John was born to Pearl Edna (Bateson) and John Edward Mattox, Sr. in Estacada, Oregon on May 20, 1926. On April 24, 1944 he enlisted in the United States Navy and served until his honorable discharge in May of 1946. John married Alice Faye Schultz in Ruth, West Virginia on May 13, 1956. He worked for most of his career for SP&S/Burlington Northern railroad. Mr. Mattox was a member of Grange #87 and the American Legion. Johnny was always a people person, striking up a conversation and making friends wherever he visited, traveled or worked. He always had a smile and found the best in everyone he met. He volunteered for Klickitat County Senior Services, and enjoyed farming, cars, welding, travel by train and auto, being outdoors and spending time with his grandchildren, whom he worshipped. He is survived by his wife Alice Mattox of Dallesport; son Wayne Edward (Susan) Mattox of Dallesport; daughter Heather Pemberton of Las Vegas, Nevada; four grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by sisters Evelyn Perryman and Esther Willard and brothers Jack Mattox and Eugene Mattox. A graveside service with military honors was held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Appleton on December 31. Gardner Funeral Home handled arrangements. To send condolences and memories to John’s family, please visit www.gardnerfh.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heart of Hospice in memory of John Mattox.
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