Rev. Robert H. Matheson

February 2, 1920 - December 23, 2012

Rev. Robert H (Bob) Matheson born February 2, 1920 near Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, Canada, the oldest child of Clarence H. & Mary (Sutherland) Matheson was welcomed into the presence of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ December 23, 2012.  During his childhood he faithfully attended church with other family members, and the Sunday School directed by his grandmother held in the rural schoolhouse.  As a result of a layman's presentation of the Gospel, thirteen year old Bob accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour.  Upon graduating high school he worked in various retail stores before being drafted into the Canadian Army.  Following a medical discharge he was employed by the Canadian Federal Department of Labor until enlisting in the Canadian Air Force where he served from 1942 until 1944. He was an active member of the Truro Athletic Club managing both men and women's softball teams.  During this time Bob became an active member in St. James Presbyterian Church, until he and others left to found The Peoples Church of Truro, an independent Evangelical congregation.  The church's strong emphasis on missions led to his decision to become a missionary, and he enrolled at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. After graduating in April 1951 he married fellow student Dorothy M. Doore of Decatur Illinois. The couple served as missionaries in Japan from 1952 to 1963 under Far Eastern Gospel Crusade now known as Send International where he served in language study, literature distribution, and as Business Manager and Treasurer. Bob was ordained to the Gospel ministry on August 20, 1965 by the Peoples Church.  It was at this time that he joined the administrative staff of Moody Bible Institute. Over the next 31 years he served in the Accounting Department, and was a special instructor in the Missions Department.  As a member of Grace Baptist Church in Lombard Illinois he served for 25 years in various capacities including Sunday School teacher, Deacon, and Treasurer.  He also filled the pulpit needs for various congregations in Illinois and Indiana.  In 1989 Bob and his wife became active at Glen Ellyn Bible Church where he served as leader of the Jericho Bible Study Group, and later was a Bible teacher at Lexington House Retirement Center in Lombard.  In May 1999 Bob and Dorothy moved to the Holmstad in Batavia where he later served as President of the Residents' Association, and the couple became active members of First Baptist Church in Geneva.  During these years he was active in Bible study groups and hospital visitation.  Bob greatly enjoyed bagpipe music and often jokingly remarked that such would be the music of Heaven.  His favorite Scripture verse is Isaiah 41:10. He is survived by his wife Dorothy and three children - John (Julie) Matheson (Sycamore IL), Joan (Roy) Points (Westboro WI), and James (Debra) Matheson (Streamwood IL), as well as his sister Mabel Matheson (Oshawa Ontario Canada), and brother James (Marie) Matheson (Truro, Nova Scotia Canada).  He leaves a legacy of faith and service for nine grandchildren, Jocelyn Matheson (Sycamore, IL), Jonathan (Amanda) Matheson (Sycamore, IL), Beth Points (Hettinger, ND), Brian (Elizabeth) Points (Columbia Heights, MN), Brent(Mackenzie) Points (Misawa AFB, Japan, Heather (Ron) Nemec (Monroe Center, IL),  Alexander Matheson (Streamwood, IL), Philip Matheson (Hammond, IN), and  Clarence Matheson (Army, Afghanistan). And two great-grandchildren Elijah Matheson (Jonathan & Amanda) and Paisley Points (Brian & Liz). A funeral service will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, December 28, 2012 at First Baptist Church of Geneva 2300 South Street Geneva, IL.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service at the Church.  Rev. Roger Crites and Rev. Larry Smith will officiate.  A committal service will be held at 3:30 P.M. on Friday at Graceland Cemetery in Decatur, IL. 

Memorial contributions may be directed to Moody Bible Institute 820 North LaSalle Chicago, IL 60610. 


Guest Book

  • Dr. Bob & Esther Martin Esther worked for "Mr. Matheson" during her years at Moody. The Mathesons encouraged us during our 35 years of ministry in Asia. Bob loved the Lord and made a difference wherever he lived and worked.
  • Jim Hawbaker I am thankful for Bob Matheson's faithful testimony over the 45 years I've known him and his family. I remember him as our Sunday School teacher when I was in 5th or 6th grade, sitting in a circle of folding chairs in the church basement, patiently explaining Biblical truths. I especially recall one lesson when Bob thoroughly explained 2 Corinthians 9:15 "Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift" . I always think of Bob Matheson whenever I hear or read that verse!