Hans-Jurgen Matthesius, an authority on extrusion machinery and construction-products markets, died Oct. 22 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Florence, Ky. He was 63.
His death from cancer came suddenly, not long after he was diagnosed, said his wife, Irene Matthesius.
An extrusion equipment veteran, Matthesius in 2004 was named president of Cincinnati Extrusion Inc., a new subsidiary set up in Erlanger, Ky., by Vienna, Austria-based extruder maker Cincinnati Extrusion GmbH.
Five years later, Matthesius remained in Kentucky as a consultant when Cincinnati Extrusion relocated from Erlanger to the operations of sister company American Maplan Corp. in McPherson, Kan.
Known for his quick wit and colorful comments, Matthesius spoke with equal authority on honey bees and extrusion technology. He was an avid beekeeper at his home in Walton, Ky.
Other interests included piloting airplanes, bicycle riding, reading, travel and tinkering with anything mechanical.
Survivors include Irene and a son, Lars Matthesius.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society in Fort Mitchell or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Pittsfield, Mass.