Norman Leonard Mathews, age 90, of Glencoe, passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.
He was born Aug. 14, 1926, in Helen Township of McLeod County, the son of Reinhold and Pauline (Tonn) Mathews. Norman was baptized Sept. 12, 1926, at the First Ev. Lutheran Church in Glencoe by the Rev. E. Kolbe. His sponsors were Ida Mathews and Peter Wolter.
He was confirmed in his faith March 17, 1940, at First Ev. Lutheran Church in Glencoe with the Rev. A. Streufert as officiant. His confirmation verse was Psalm 73:23-24: “Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.”
Norman attended First Lutheran School.
He was united in marriage with Veldora Birkholz Nov. 4, 1951, at St. Peter Lutheran Church of Watertown by the Rev. J. Spomer. This union was blessed with children Donald, Virgil, Janice, and Daniel.
Norman had worked construction for a company in the Twin Cities, prior to starting his own business in the early 1960s in concrete construction and selling and servicing of barn equipment.
A farmer his whole life, Norman had worked the land until he moved off the farm and became a resident at the Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.
He enjoyed attending auctions and threshing shows, and had a great interest in Minneapolis Moline Tractors and helping his son prepare and compete in tractor pulls. Norman always looked forward to Kawasaki Mule rides around the farm with grandchildren Seth, Madi, Morgan and Cole.
Norman was preceded in death by his wife, Veldora in 2003; parents Reinhold and Pauline Mathews; brothers and sisters-in-law Earl Mathews, Orville and Gloria Mathews, Marvin and Selma Mathews, Eldor and Myrtle Mathews, Ray and Willardine Mathews, Hillard and Elizabeth Mathews, and Ervin Mathews; sisters and brothers-in-law Alice and Lawrence Debner, and Lorna and Carl Ehrke; sister-in-law and brothers-in-law Leola and Roylan Schmidt, Howard Victorian, and Edmund Ehrke.
He is survived by his loving family: children and their spouses, Donald and Julie Mathews of Willmar, Virgil and Lynn Mathews, Janice Mathews, and Daniel and Cindy Mathews, all of Glencoe; and grandchildren and their families: Jon and Sarah Mathews of Ames, IA and children Elisabeth, Sonja and Ingrid; Michael and Erica Mathews of Willmar and children McKenna, Brooklyn, Aria and Asher; Andrew and Darcy Mathews of Lake Crystal and children Brayden, Trevan, Kenley and Kysen; Shannon and Ryan Alsleben of Lester Prairie and children Jayden and Joslyn; Shauna and Matt Gruber of Glencoe and children Abagail, Alyssa, Autumn and Axel; Shandon and Brittany Mathews of Lester Prairie and children Broc, Keaton and Lia; and Cole Mathews, Morgan Mathews, Madison Mathews and Seth Mathews, all of Glencoe.
He is further survived by sisters and brothers-in-law Ruth Mathews, Anna Mathews, both of Glencoe, Leonard and Sue Birkholz of Jordan, Glendora Ehrke of Glencoe, and Arsylvia and Jon Radtke of Hutchinson; and other relatives and friends.
A funeral service took place July 17 at 10 a.m. at First Ev. Lutheran Church in Glencoe with Rev. Dan Welch as officiant. Interment was in the First Lutheran Cemetery in Glencoe.
There was visitation at the church Sunday, July 16 from 4 to 8 p.m., continuing Monday one hour prior to the service.
Serving as casket bearers were Duane Mathews, Kevin Mathews, Rodney Mathews, Tim Mathews, Larry Schmidt, and Charles Mathews.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.