Obituary: Clifford Daniel Matthew

Submitted by Cheney Witt Funeral Home

“Precious in the sigh of the Lord is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15

God called Clifford Daniel Mathew home to Heaven on August 2, 2017, after a long, hard battle with cancer at the age of 63.

He was born January 24, 1954, in Elkhart, Ind., the son of Richard and Dorothy Jones Mathew. Upon graduation from Holt High School in Holt, Mich., with the Class of 1972, Dan joined the Air Force and served four years at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. He worked as a Lab Tech. He accepted Jesus Christ to be his Savior while in the Air Force. As soon as his four years were completed, he went to Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Mo., as God had called him to be a pastor. That’s where he met the love of his life, Lisa Kay Lindbloom. They were married on August 17, 1979. Together, they served the Lord in Bath, Mich., they then started Grace Baptist Church in Ulysses, Kan. In 1986, he served six years with the National Guard. He then went to WSU and got his respiratory degree. The Lord would use them in several different churches across the country with his last pastorate being at Xenia Baptist Church.

Clifford Daniel Mathew, who went by Dan, is survived by his wife of 37 years, Lisa Kay Mathew, and their daughter Michelle and her husband, Joel Reasoner. Joel and Michelle are missionaries in Russia. He is also survived by his brother Bob Mathew and wife Sheri, who reside in Sterling Heights, Mich., and his sister Miriam King and her husband Michael, who reside in Beckley, W.V.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy and his father Richard, and his grandbaby, Sweet Pea.

Pastor Randy Smith will conduct funeral services at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 9, at the Xenia Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Mapleton Cemetery with Brother Jeff Copes officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the United States Air Force. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Xenia Baptist Church or Care to Share and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at


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