Jack Mateer was a devoted family man who loved his children and enjoyed spending time with his family.
“He worked with them to be responsible and respectful adults,” said Norma Mateer, his wife of 58 years.
Jack Mateer, 83, of Valparaiso and formerly of Kalamazoo, Mich., died Sept. 13. He had been a Navy veteran of the Korean War, serving on the USS Wisconsin and USS Missouri. He served 19 years with the Kalamazoo Fire Department, retiring in 1969.
He moved to Indiana and in 1975 established Mateer Oil Company, which is still family-owned. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Valparaiso.
His son, Jack Mateer, remembers deer hunting trips to Traverse City, Mich., as well as ice fishing trips and Father’s Day trips out on Lake Michigan.
He said his father was never one to back down, and did whatever he believed was right without compromising.
“He said, ‘Can’t never did nothing,’” he said. “Don’t say you can’t do something, because you can.”
He loved antiquing and refurbishing old cars, especially his 1975 Cadillac Elderado convertible. He loved his 5-pound Yorkie, Eldo.
Norma Mateer said her husband believed in doing your job properly.
“If you asked him to do something and he said yes, he kept his word and got it done,” she said. “He was well liked and well respected by everyone who knew him.”