Eldor T. Mathews

Funeral services for Eldor T. Mathews, 75, of rural Glencoe will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday July 29, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. The Rev. Harvey Kath will officiate.

Mr. Mathews died at the Burns Manor Nursing Home on Friday, July 24, 1998.

The organist will be William Niebuhr, and the soloist will be Mary Kay Schuft. Music selections include the solo "Amazing Grace" and congregational hymns "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" and "How Great Thou Art."

The pallbearers will be the grandchildren: Dan Kellar, Bob Villnow, Sheldon Mathews, Shelley Rhode, Kari Sons, Brenda Meyer, Tammy Pikal, Tera Messner, Britany Schmerbauch, Grant Henkelmann, Kim Henkelmann, Dustin Henkelmann, Nicholas Mathews, Danielle Mathews, Stacie Muchow, Chad Muchow, Jamie Mathews Schmidt and Dakota Mathews Schmidt. The honorary casket bearers are the great grandchildren.

Eldor Theodore Mathews was born to Rheinold and Pauline (Tone) Mathews on Oct. 26, 1922 in Glencoe. He was baptized Nov. 26, 1922 at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe by the Rev. Kolbe. He was confirmed March 21, 1937 at the First Ev. Lutheran Church by the Rev. Streufert. He attended the First Lutheran Parochial School through the eighth grade.

On December 26, 1943 he was united in marriage with Mertle Pinske at First Lutheran by the Rev. Streubert. He made a living farming and had his own well drilling, plumbing, and heating business in the earlier 1950s.

During his career he attended several conventions in the Twin Cities related to his business. In 1965, he earned the Farmer Of The Year award, and in 1972 he was presented with a Conservation Award from the McLeod County Conservation District.

Mr. Mathews cared for his family, always showing interest in his eight children's lives. As a Grandpa, he had a big heart for all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved fishing, visiting with friends, going to auctions, driving the Bobcat and golf cart, as well as helping on other family farms after retiring. He loved the family dog "buddy" who was his greatest companion.

Mr. Mathews entered the Glencoe Area Health Center on Friday July 10. He was then transferred to the Hutchinson Area Health Center on Friday, July 17 to stabilize his condition. Then he was admitted to the Burns Manor Nursing Home on Thursday, July 23, where he died the next day.

He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers: Orville, Marvin and Earl.

Eldor is survived by: wife, Mertle of Glencoe; children, Dottie Sons of Gaylord, Larry Mathews and wife, Janice, of Green Isle, Linda Schmerbauch and husband, Al, of Gaylord, Dean Mathews and wife, Kathy, of Glencoe, Carol Muchow and husband, Milo, of Gaylord, Julie Mathews and friend, Scott Tuchtenhagen, of Winthrop, Jeannie Mathews Schmidt and husband, Mark, of Owatonna, Sherry Henkelmann and husband, Butch, of Glencoe; 18 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Lorna Ehrke of Plato, Raymond Mathews and wife, Willie, of Missouri, Alice Debner of Winsted, Norman Mathews and wife, Dorie, of Glencoe, Hillard Mathews of Lester Prairie, Erwin Mathews and wife, Ruth, of Glencoe; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Anna Mathews of Glencoe, Ole Ernst of Lester Prairie, Lorna Guetzkow of Mayer, Gert and Walter Coulter of Anoka, Herb and Liz Pinske of Minneapolis, Gordon and Margaret Pinske of Bloomington, Ray and Martha Pinske of Apple Valley; as well as many other relatives and friends.

The Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel handled the arrangements.

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