Dennis David Matuska, age 72, of Glencoe, passed away Friday, March 20, 2015, at Harmony River in Hutchinson.
He was born July 9, 1942, on his grandparent’s farm in rural Silver Lake, the son of Benjamin F. and Virginia E. (Metkowski) Matuska. Dennis was baptized July 12, 1942, at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church in Silver Lake by Fr. Jalkaioski.
Dennis was a graduate of the Silver Lake High School.
He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp Nov. 16, 1961. His service included time aboard the USS Belle Grove, 15 months stationed in Okinawa, maneuvers in Taiwan and Philippines, and a final assignment at Camp Le Juene, NC. Dennis received his honorable discharge March 15, 1966, at Camp Le Juene. Being discharged as a Corporal E-4, he had received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Meritorious Mast.
Dennis was united in marriage with Darlene Debner April 7, 1962, at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Glencoe by Fr. Skoblik.
He confirmed his faith Dec. 26, 1965, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, NC by Rev. Schedler. His confirmation verse was Matthew 6:33: “But seek first his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Dennis had worked in management and manufacturing throughout his life. He had begun after high school working for Hagan’s Body Shop, and after his service in the Marine Corps, he worked for Telex, ITT Shadow, Cascade Medical, DCCT, World Wide Dispensers, Queststar Medical, and Separation Kinetics.
Dennis was always looking to further his abilities, and had taken classes at the University of Minnesota and Ridgewater College.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and sausage making. Dennis became a self-taught arborist and loved starting trees from small seedlings. He had shared many of his precious little trees with family and friends.
Dennis also loved being around a racetrack. For many years, he worked alongside his sons building race cars and lending support in the pits.
Dennis always loved working with his hands, whether building a home for his family to live in, or fixing a car to make it run better. He was proud of his accomplishments.
Dennis was a lifelong member of the Glencoe VFW Post 5102, and a member of the Glencoe American Legion, where he served as adjutant and membership chair.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Virginia Matuska; parents-in-law Erwin and Elsie Debner; brother Kevin Matuska, sisters Nancy Bergstrom and Lisa Matuska; and brother-in-law Dennis Debner.
Dennis is survived by his loving family: wife Darlene Matuska of Glencoe; children Neal (Monica) Matuska of Prior Lake, Wade (Karen) Matuska of Altus, OK, Chad (Becky) Matuska of Watertown, and Jill Matuska of Minneapolis; and grandchildren Emily (Jake) Broesch, and Carly (Lee) Graves.
He is further survived by brothers and sister, Arthur (Diane) Matuska of Apache Junction, AZ, Donna (David) Corbett of Punta Gorda, FL, and Kenneth (Frankie Travis) Matuska of Watkins, CO; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Donna and Al Peetsch of Hutchinson, Linda Debner of Elk River, and Deanne Johnson of Milaca; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
A funeral service took place Thursday, March 26 at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Glencoe, with the Rev. Ronald Mathison as officiant. Paul Otte was the organist, and the soloist was Kenneth Quast.
Interment with military honors provided by the Glencoe American Legion Post 95 and the Glencoe VFW Post 5102 followed at First Lutheran Cemetery.
There was visitation Wednesday, March 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, and Thursday at the church, one hour prior to the service.
Serving as casket bearers were Matt Zdrazil, Tim Matuska, Eric Matuska, Ryan Quast, Rick Quast, Randy Gores and Curtis Matuska.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.