Ira D. “Tex” Mattiza
Ira D. “Tex” Mattiza, age 88, of Coryell City, passed away Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, at his home. Funeral services were held on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at St. John Lutheran Church in Coryell City with Pastor Christopher Richmann officiating. Burial followed at St. John Lutheran Cemetery. Tex was born on April 15, 1929, in Osage, to the late Herman P. and Bertha Falkenberg Mattiza. After graduating from high school, he joined the US Air Force and retired after 20 years of service. Tex married Bettie Kate Dickie on May 11, 1952, and she preceded him in death in 2008. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Disabled American Veterans and American Legion Post #273 in McGregor. He was also preceded in death by a son, Mickie Mattiza; brothers, Marvin Mattiza and Wilbur Mattiza; stepfather, Charlie Buth; and a great-granddaughter, Taylor Mattiza. Tex is survived by his son, Dann Mattiza and wife, Jean of Fort Walton Beach, Florida; daughter, Becky Hicks; six grandchildren, Eric Mattiza, Michael Mattiza, Chris Mattiza, Justin Mattiza, Marcus Hicks and Jennifer B. Hicks; several great-grandchildren to include his daily joy, Zoe, Gio and Scarlett; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 10801 FM 929, Gatesville, TX 76528.