Paul Eugene "Shorty" Mathias

January 27, 1924 - February 1, 2021
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Paul Eugene “Shorty” Mathias, 97, of New Philadelphia, whose speedometer finally stopped cranking, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 1, 2021 at The Inn at Northwood Village in Dover.

A son of the late Elmer and Irene (Kuhn) Mathias, Shorty was born January 27, 1924 in his childhood home on Stonec…

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Paul Eugene “Shorty” Mathias, 97, of New Philadelphia, whose speedometer finally stopped cranking, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 1, 2021 at The Inn at Northwood Village in Dover.

A son of the late Elmer and Irene (Kuhn) Mathias, Shorty was born January 27, 1924 in his childhood home on Stonecreek Road in New Philadelphia.

He was a 1943 graduate of New Philadelphia High School and a veteran of the United States Army. On April 2, 1956, Shorty married the former Jean Wolf and the couple shared nearly 64 years of marriage prior to her passing on January 18, 2020. Shorty and Jean were members of Jerusalem Church where he formerly served as a deacon. He was also a longtime member of the New Philadelphia Elks.

Shorty’s true passions in life were people and cars and over the many years as an automobile salesman, these two passions were so tightly intertwined. His career started at the age of 17, with the family business, Mathias Auto Sales, on Old Route 21 in New Philadelphia, and lasted all the way to the age of 94, selling his last car at Ferris Chevrolet. Throughout those decades of selling automobiles, Shorty formed many relationships and because of his selfless and generous spirit, he afforded many people facing difficult times the opportunity to purchase vehicles. He would often co-sign on loans or simply offer a special deal to those who just needed a break in life. Shorty’s career of selling automobiles spanned four generations and when it was all said and done, he ranked among the Top 10 Automobile Salesmen of All Time in the United States having sold more than 22,000 vehicles.

Shorty also deeply cherished his family. He used his life’s work as an example for his children to live by and in turn they could follow in their father’s footsteps. He taught them that throughout their own life and careers, they could duplicate his dedication to hard work but more importantly, his desire in taking care of people and exhibiting generosity in the process. He’ll especially be remembered by his family for his joyfulness and positivity, never having had a bad day that they ever witnessed, and his zeal for life. And, on top of that, they’ll remember his ability to eat, and eat some more, often times making his way into the kitchens at restaurants looking for more food after finishing his first meal.

He is survived by his children, Jeff (Tammy) Mathias and Paula (Steve) Sulzener both of New Philadelphia and Reverend Stan Mathias of Orlando, Florida; his “adopted” children Phil and Sharon Tidrick of New Philadelphia; his grandchildren, Erika (Shawn) Tharp, Brook (Chris) Watson, Stefane (Christian) Sexton, Scott (Brianne) Sulzener, Trey Mathias and Jayden Mathias; Logan (Lindsey) Tidrick, and Kayela (Brittany) Tidrick; great-grandchildren, Brennan Mathias, Caysen Tharp, Aleah, Jayli, Kiera, and Elise Sexton, Eloise Sulzener, Bailey and Blair Tidrick and Dashel Tidrick; and his sister, Della Flickinger.

Shorty was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and his siblings, Lester Mathias, Rose Beitzel, Myles Mathias and Alma Casebeer.

A funeral service celebrating Shorty’s life will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in NewPointe Community Church at Dover with his son, Reverend Stan Mathias, officiating. For those unable to attend in person, Shorty’s service may be viewed through a Facebook Live Stream via the Geib Funeral Homes & Crematories Facebook site. Immediately following the service, a reception will be held in the church, where guests will be able to greet the family at that time. Burial will take place privately in East Avenue Cemetery at New Philadelphia.

Contributions may be made in Shorty’s memory to Friends of the Homeless of Tuscarawas County, 211 East High Avenue, New Philadelphia, OH 44663 or to The Greater Dover-New Philadelphia Food Pantry, 420 West Third Street, Dover, OH 44622.


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Service Information

Service Information

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021

Time: 11:00 am

NewPointe Community Church


3950 State Route 39
Dover, OH 44622

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Cemetery Information

East Avenue Cemetery


1520 Delaware Drive SE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Burial will take place privately.

Reception Information

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021

NewPointe Community Church


3950 State Route 39
Dover, OH 44622

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Immediately following the service, a reception will be held in the church, where guests will be able to greet the family at that time.

Donation Information

Friends of the Homeless

PO Box 466
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

Greater Dover-New Philadelphia Food Pantry

PO Box 95
Dover, OH 44622

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Born: January 27, 1924
Died: February 1, 2021

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On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.


Debby "Johnsom" Dillehay posted on 2/11/21

Jeff, Paula, Stan, "Tid", and Sharon, What memories, what grace, patience, and constant smile your dad embedded in the minds of so many of us. I often think of my days of fun on West High by the train tracks, where Jean and Paul taught me a lot off things about tough love and patience, laughter, and loyalty to family. And the days at Pride Valley where I learned how to "hold on tight" when riding on the back of those motorcycles. And how Paula, when you burnt your leg on your bike and the race to get help. What adventures with you all. And how your dad would cope everything in his gentle way with a chuckle a "Well..." life lesson along with it, short as one could say it. And the many times he would magically appear in our driveway when one of us turned 16 with the most perfect car a teenager could ever ask for, and all the while wondering just how he knew to do that!!! And the beautiful cars he would show up with just it it seemed the old family car was about to collapse! And how he kept doing that as we all had family of our own, finding that "first affordable car for our kids" as well, ALWAYS driving it down the lane or to the grandkids homes, no matter where they ended up living. And, O would witness that same elation in their eyes that we Johnson kids felt when Shorty Mathias would drive down our lane at home "by the crick"! The love of life and the compassion that rang out synonymous with your dad's name is well known to so many people, through all of you it shines so strong today for so many of us! Our dad told me on a trip to Pittsburgh in 2019, in my convertible with the top down, that he had only been in a convertible once before in his life....I bet you can guess how and with whom, and when!!! Just another great memory dad passed on to me of his many good times with his "Stonecreek buddies". Our prayers for your continued healing for your days of missing both your mom and dad, and the rejoicing in their eternal togetherness with our Lord, and those who have gone before.. oh the dancing and the joking and the sheer joy they are all experiencing! Love u all, always! Debby and all of us Johnson kids, Ginny, Linda and Steve


Dave and Ruth Meese posted on 2/9/21

Jeff, Paula, and Stan: Unfortunately, we never bought a car from your dad, but got to see him several times when he came into Buehlers with your mom to shop. Every time I'd see him, he always had a smile and seemed as if I'd known him for life. He and your mom have passed that zeal for life on to their children and extended family. What a Blessing! You are all in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.


Don Wallick posted on 2/6/21

Jeff and Tammy. Deepest sympathies at this time of bereavement. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Don and Sheryl Wallick


Dave Egler posted on 2/6/21

Jeff, Paula, Stan and families. My deepest condolences in the loss of your Dad. Shorty was a true gentleman and a straight shooter. I alway enjoyed our conversations we had at Church and out and about. He will be truly missed. Gods peace be with you all.


Peggy Pritz posted on 2/6/21

Pail Mathias , indeed, was a outstanding role model for his beloved family. A unique individual who taught you valuable lessons in life. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May his memory be eternal!


Les Freshwater posted on 2/6/21

Jeff, Paula and Stan: Sweet memories of hanging out at the Mathias house on west high. Condolences and prayers to you and your families.


Jim and Jeanne Carrothers posted on 2/5/21

Jeff and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Jim and Jeanne Carrothers


Steve & Tina Johanns posted on 2/5/21

Although we were never Blessed with the opportunity to meet Shorty in person in this life, we know him through his incredible Children that have inspired us and been true Blessings in Our Lives. Our prayers and Hearts are with the entire Mathias Family, but we also are filled with the Joy knowing that Shorty is now in the presence of Christ and re-united with his beautiful wife. God Bless the entire Mathias Family, Shorty has left a legacy that is hard to find in the world today. One of Family, Friendship, Hard Work, and Faith in God. With Love, Steve, Tina, and the Johanns Family


Cindy Smitley posted on 2/5/21

Jeff and family - My deepest sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time.


Tom and Diana Heidenreich posted on 2/5/21

Jeff,We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Tammy, and your family.


Bambi Maurer posted on 2/5/21

Paula and family, so sorryfor your loss. Please CELEBRATE his life. He is walking with the LORD . HALLELUJAH. Rick& Bambi


Barbara Sexton posted on 2/4/21

There are so many fun, fond memories that come to mind when I think of Shorty. He was so quick to mention how proud he was of his children,grandchildren and great-grandchildren and how he thought they were all so 'good looking ' ( which with a laugh , he would say they must take after him ?) . He was especially proud they were ' nice people ' . Shorty , was ' nice people ' & a kind man in a good Christian man. I miss him already.


Barb (Mushrush) Abel posted on 2/4/21

Paula and family. sorry for your loss.


Josephine LONGER posted on 2/4/21

Dear Jeff & Family, My family & I send our sincere sympathy to you upon learning of your Father's passing. I have been a friend of your parents for many years and know that they are happily reunited! May you all be Blessed with happy memories. Jo Longer


Dorene Boyd posted on 2/4/21

Jeff, Paula and Stan, He was such a wonderful man. You were truly blessed to have him as a rule model. Love you all. Dorene


Luanne Shull posted on 2/4/21

So sorry for your loss. May your wonderful memories give you comfort.


Marijane Morris posted on 2/4/21

Jeff and Family... Sorry for your Loss and You and your Family have my Sincere and Deepest Sympathy on the Loss of your Father... Marijane Morris - Wright


Dale Allenbaugh posted on 2/3/21

Paula & family, Sorry to hear of your dad's passing.


Traci Wilkinson posted on 2/3/21

Jeff and family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Troy & Traci Wilkinson


Penny Triplett posted on 2/3/21

Sending my deepest sympathy to the family.


Kurt Butcher posted on 2/3/21

My thoughts an prayers to the family . Kurt ( Pete ) Butcher


Mike and Peg Price posted on 2/3/21

We are sorry to learn of your father's passing. We will be holding you in our prayers.


Deacon Michael Thomas posted on 2/3/21

Jeff, Paula and Stan; So very sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. He and your mom and all of you make up a big part of the memories I had of growing up on West High. Our prayers and love are with you and your families as we join you in returning this wonderful gift to the God who loves us so much. Your Dad lives on in your lives and what a wonderful gift you each have been to all the lives that touch yours. Thanks for the memories. May God bless each of you and your families. With our love and prayers. Mary Kay and Tim Thomas


Barbara Marshall posted on 2/3/21

To the Mathias family, I am so sorry for your loss. "Shorty" was a lovely man and he will be missed. With sympathy Barbara Marshall


Lisa Alsept posted on 2/3/21

What to say about such a fine man. He was always so driven and so happy selling cars on the Wabash. We feel blessed to have known him and getting to see how passionate he was about the car business. Sending prayers to you all. Lisa Alsept


Wayne Atkins posted on 2/3/21

So sorry for ur loss Shorty was a great person Rip shorty


Dennis Cline posted on 2/3/21

My Deepest Condolences. Your father was a local icon that will be remembered by many.


Larry W McBride posted on 2/3/21

Sorry to hear about your dad's passing. Remarkable parents have remarkable children. God's peace & comfort for you at this time.


Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum posted on 2/3/21

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of Paul Eugene Mathias, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Army Veteran, Paul Eugene Mathias, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †


Dave and Melanie Blauch Archer posted on 2/3/21

Dear Family, We will always cherish the good times with Shorty, Jean and our Dad, Clare, at Park Village Southside....They became such great friends! We are certain they are having a nice reunion in Heaven. You are in our thoughts and prayers for comfort always...You have lost a wonderful Dad and Grandpa, Brother and Uncle. Thanks for the memories Shorty! Dance in Heaven with your Love~~ Many blessings...


Jeff & Kim Kinsey posted on 2/2/21

We are sorry for the family’s loss. Shorty was larger than life and he always had time for a conversation, even when we were not buying. His enthusiastic approach to business and life was ever on display. We shared stories of Mason, Iowa, how folks ought to be treated by businesses, and how tough times never last. He was a blessing. Rest In Peace. Jeff & Kim Kinsey New Phila.


Kim and Charlyn Menapace posted on 2/2/21

Dear Jeff and Tammy and kids, Our sincere condolences to the Mathias Family. Your dad was a remarkable man who leaves a legacy of love of life for his family and a remarkable work ethic. He will be Heaven’s angel and be reunited with his beloved Jean. Our prayers are with you all. Kim and Charlyn Menapace


Dave and Esther Cox posted on 2/2/21

You have our deepest sympathy. Take care and stay safe. God Bless


Carl Mary Eichel jr posted on 2/2/21

He was a great friend and will be missed he brought joy to everyone he met always had a smile on his face he and my husband Carl became good friends and we bought our cars off him our prayers are with the family just know he is home with the lord and reunited his loved one


Jill Wenger Craddoc posted on 2/2/21

There were many times my parents told me “Shorty Mathias asked about you.” There is nothing I can tell you about your Dad that you don’t already know ! He was an absolute gem! Blessings of comfort as you relish his memory.


John & Char Ervin posted on 2/2/21

Please accept our condolences for the loss of your father.Our family bought several vehicles from him over the years. We liked to stop and just visit. He was always upbeat and talked about his family with love and pride. He will be missed.


Linda Miller posted on 2/2/21

Jeff, Paula, Stan & Families, My deepest sympathy to all of you. I have many fond memories of your dad, your whole family. My dad bought a number of cars from your dad. Your babysitter so many years ago, Linda McKerrihan Miller Akron, OH


Diane Ankrom Tristano posted on 2/2/21

Sympathy to the Mathias family! Warm thoughts and memories of growing up at Jerusalem Church with the family!


Ruth posted on 2/2/21

So sorry for your loss.Paul used to come to our house when I was a kid and play music with my Dad.may all your precious memories bring you peace in your time of sorrow


Rhonda Stewart posted on 2/2/21

I am very sorry for your loss! Both of your parents with wonderful legacies. What an honor as you all follow tjose footsteps. My hugs and prayers are with you all!


Jeannie Mangon posted on 2/2/21

So sorry to hear about your father, Jeff and Paula and the extended family. God Bless!


Jim & Linda Stemple posted on 2/2/21

Paul was always a special part of our family. Thankful that we will get to see him again some day. Our love to Jeff, Paula, and Stan and the rest of the family.


Missy Metcalf posted on 2/2/21

Our prayers and sympathies are with all of you. Teddy and Missy


Janice and Mel McAfee posted on 2/2/21

Our Deepest Sympathies for the Mathias Family. His Smile will last forever


Denise (Shull) Hanks posted on 2/2/21

My deepest sympathies to the family. Prayers for strength during this time.


Doug Ress posted on 2/2/21

RIP Shorty, prayers for the entire family.


Gary Miller posted on 2/2/21



Austin Sell posted on 2/2/21

Prayers for the family. Bought many cars from him. New him since I was little.


Marylee Llewellyn posted on 2/2/21

My deepest sympathies to the Mathias family. Prayers for strength during this time.


Bob and Becky Horn posted on 2/2/21

Thinking of your family with deepest sympathy at this sad time.


Darla Carlisle posted on 2/2/21

My deepest sympathy to Shorty’s family. It was a true pleasure to meet and serve Shorty during my career in Healthcare. His smile and jolly attitude made every day a better day. What a legacy he has left for our community and for his children! Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.


Sandra Olinger posted on 2/2/21

His family has my sincere sympathy! I never bought a car from him but my late husband always talked about buying cars from Shorty when he was younger! He loved Cadillac’s!


Karen (Beitzel) Welch posted on 2/2/21

So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I never saw him that he didn't have a smile and a friendly hello. Keeping you and your families in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.