John D. Mattie, 91, of Tollhouse, Calif., died peacefully at his sister’s home in Dagsboro on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007.
Mattie retired from the Air Force after 28 years, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was a highly decorated P-51 fighter pilot in World War II and Korea, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and Two Oak Leaf Clusters. He was also a prisoner of war in Germany for 15 months. After his military career, he served his community as a teacher in Wilmington. He was also a devout and founding member of the Infant Jesus of Prague Roman Catholic Church.
John is survived by his wife of 64 years, Edna (nee Wojcik); daughters, Janet Dowis of Clovis, Calif., Jeanne Patrican of Franklin Lakes, N.J., Kathleen Schneider of Durham, N.C., Barbara Mertz of Fresno, Calif.; sons, Michael Mattie of Chalfont, Pa., Chris Mattie of Mt. Laurel, N.J.; sisters, Mary Caroff of Dagsboro, Alice Nauman of Milton, Martha Benson of Wilmington; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bethany Beach at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007. Interment was private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to the Infant Jesus of Prague Catholic Church, PO Box 357, Prather, CA 93651, in honor of John Mattie.