- November 4, 1923 - December 30, 2012
- Meridian, Idaho
of Grady's Passing
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Grady "Bill" Matheney, 89, of Meridian, passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2012 at his home. Bill was born to John and Clyda Matheney in Greenway, Arkansas on November 4, 1923. He and his two brothers grew up in a small home, with no running water, no electricity and not a single luxury. After graduating high school, Bill's brilliance was noticed by the superintendent, and he was advised to apply for an electronics program with the Army Reserves. Upon acceptance, this boy who's family didn't even own a radio, was trained in cutting edge Radar technology. Bill eventually transferred to the Air Force as a Radar Mechanic. This move eventually landed him in the Mountain Home AFB, at which time he met his future wife, Wilma. After his discharge in February 1943, Bill moved to Twin Falls to marry Wilma and attend college. Bill graduated from ISU in 1950 with a degree in Physics and Math with a minor in Education, and completed his post-graduate studies in Nuclear Engineering and Advanced Engineering Mathematics. Later in life, he attended Bettis Shield Design School in Pittsburgh, PA and Filter Theory Design & Inplace Test Workshop and various other trainings on Nuclear Power. Needless to say, Bill was a brilliant man.
Right out of college, Bill worked as a teacher in Bellevue, ID before moving to Idaho Falls where he accepted a job with Westinghouse Electric in 1952. Not knowing what this "top secret" job was upon accepting, he later learned that he would be the lead engineer on the prototype of the first nuclear powered submarine, the Nautilus. From 1962-1969, Bill worked for Phillips Petroleum on the development of the operational requirements & design criteria for nuclear safeguard systems. From 1969-1974 he worked for Consumer Power as Supervisor of the Nuclear Engineering Group. Finally, while working for NUS Consulting as a private consultant and traveling the nation, Bill retired in Richland, WA in 1986. Later, he and Wilma moved to Sun City, AZ where they met many amazing friends. He spent his winters golfing in the AZ sun and his summers fishing in Cascade, ID. Never tireless of learning, Bill sought out new hobbies to master once he was forced to stop golfing. In between fishing and spending time with his friends and family, he learned to make silver jewelry and master wood carving and loved to take photos of his family. In 2002 Bill and Wilma moved to Meridian full time, to be closer to family.
Bill was a loving, kind and patient husband, father and grandfather. He was the perfect example of how a good man should live his life and is missed dearly.
Bill is survived by his wife, Wilma; son, Roger; daughter, Jeanne Ogata; grandchildren, Lanee Johnson, Siimone Mansfield, Ty Ogata, Bret Ogata, Andrea Dela Pena, and Jory Pierce.
A gathering of friends will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the Ten Mile Greens Club House, located at 2525 Alto Lane in Meridian.
To Share memories with the family please visit Bill's memorial webpage at www.cloverdalefuneralhome.com.