PeeWee Matthews

Harold J. ‘PeeWee’ Matthews

Dec. 5, 1949 – July 24, 2020

A celebration of the life of Harold “PeeWee” Matthews, 70-year-old Buffalo resident who passed away Friday at his home in Buffalo due to complications of a six-year-long valiant battle with cancer while his loving family was by his side, will be held via Zoom meeting by his family at 4 p.m. MST on Aug. 8 with Brother Kurt Babcock as the officiant. To attend friends and family are asked to send their email address to to receive an invitation and Zoom address. Donations in Harold’s memory may be made to the Buffalo Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo, Wyoming 82834. Online condolences may be made at A private family interment will take place in the fall in the Bighorn Mountains.

Harold James Matthews (PeeWee) was born on Dec. 5, 1949 in Winner, South Dakota to Walter and Esther Matthews. He grew up in Winner, and was married on June 24, 1967 in Winner to Carol Ahlers and they made their home in Chicago and later Colorado. They lived in various parts of the western United States while PeeWee was employed as a construction inspector on Indian reservations and was also a private contractor and worked in many states. In 2008 they moved to Buffalo where he owned and operated HCM Construction. He continued living in Buffalo until his death.

PeeWee dedicated his life to his God Jehovah on May 19, 1974. As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, he firmly believed in the resurrection of living here on this very Earth alongside his friends and family when Jehovah God restores it to a paradise condition in the future “Psalm 37.” PeeWee loved his entire family and the numerous friends he made from the congregations he attended. He had a deep love for horses and teaching his children, grandchildren and many others how to ride a horse. He also loved the outdoors and hunting, fishing and camping.

He is survived by his wife Carol of Buffalo; two daughters, Leslie Matthews of Buffalo and Lorie Hicks of Palmer Lake, Colorado; four brothers, William Matthews and his wife Patti of Van Tassel, Wyoming, Donald Matthews and his wife Lydia of Rapid City, South Dakota, Ronald Matthews and his wife Laura of Lusk and Thomas Matthews and his wife Val of Gillette; two sisters, Zita Merklein and her husband Dwight of Thermopolis and Bonnie Wolf and her husband Martin of Black Hawk, South Dakota; five grandchildren, Kevin Hicks, Jalisa Matthews and her husband Josh, Keturah Wilbourn and her husband Andy, Devin Matthews and Jase Matthews; and four great-grandchildren, Andre, Silas, Michael and Matthew. He was preceded in death by his parents, one granddaughter Keshia Hicks-Mueller, one brother-in-law Denny Ahlers and one sister-in-law, Diane Pettyjohn.