Altamont Businessman Killed in Accident at the Effingham County Fair


Published on August 12 2012 12:01 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Wayne Moran

A longtime supporter and director of the Effingham County Fair, and a local Altamont businessman, was killed in an accident at the fairgrounds Saturday.

Glen Mathias, 54 of Altamont, was working on the track in front of the grandstand when he was struck by a payloader. The payloader was being used to place concrete barriers in preparation for Saturday night's demolition derby at the Effingham County Fair.

Effingham County Coroner Leigh Hammer reports that Effingham County 911 received a call from the fairgrounds at 11:44am. Hammer pronounced Mathias dead at 12:17pm. The incident remains under investigation with the Effingham County Sherrif's Department, and the Effingham County Coroner's Office.

A longtime supporter and volunteer at the Effingham County Fair, Mathis was key in helping to set up and implement much of the concession and food areas that have become staples at the fair and other events. He was also the owner of The Home Center and Mathias Plumbing & Electric. Both businesses are located in Altamont. Mathias was also the co-owner of the Villas of Hollybrook in Effingham.

Effingham County Fair board member Phil Hartke told us Saturday evening that "Glen was a big part of our fair. Always volunteering, always wanting to go the extra mile. He was instrumental at the time in getting the food court put up, to get that  accomplished. Just numerous, numerous things that Glen has pitched in to help this board accomplish. Glen was a very caring individual and he will be dearly missed by the Effingham County Fair board."

Funeral services are under the care of Kull Funeral Chapel in Altamont. Funeral & visitation information is located here.