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Carlyle Matheson, 91

Dec 30, 2018

Carlyle Matheson

Albert Lea Funeral services for Carlyle N. Matheson, age 91, of Albert Lea, were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. Pastor Shane Koepke officiated. Interment was at Graceland Cemetery. Military honors were accorded by the Albert Lea Area Veterans Groups.

Carlyle died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, at Thorne Crest Retirement Center in Albert Lea.

Carlyle was born Dec. 6, 1927 in Winnebago County near Rake, Iowa, the oldest of Selmer and Genevieve (Halvorson) Matheson’s eight children. He graduated from Rake High School in 1945. On Sept. 10, 1950 he was united in marriage to Dona Marie Loge in Frost, (oldest daughter of Herman and Florence Loge, of Frost). After their marriage, he underwent basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky and served in the US Army as a radio repairman in the Korean War. Upon returning, they made their home in Albert Lea where he was employed for over 37 years at Church Offset Printing Company as a pressman. Carlyle was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church, Albert Lea American Legion and the Y’s Men’s Club.

Carlyle enjoyed organic vegetable gardening, flower gardening, golf, traveling, hunting and working his trap line. He loved fishing and the many trips to northern Minnesota with his family. He was a quiet man with a gentle spirit and quick wit. Carlyle had a strong work ethic that started at a young age by helping his father work on the family farm using horses and eventually tractors. His wife and family were the most important parts of his life. Dona’s devoted companionship allowed him to live at home for many years, despite the onset of dementia.

Carlyle is survived by Dona, his loving wife of 68 years, of Albert Lea; daughter, Judith Matheson, of Scandia; son, Joel (Teresa) Matheson, of Albert Lea; daughter, Janet (John) Ludwigson, of Lake Elmo; grandchildren, Matt (Sarah) Gabrielson, Dan Gabrielson, Tom Gabrielson, Carly (Peter) Pentz, Ben Matheson, Leah Matheson, Sam Matheson, Justin (Jennifer) Ludwigson, Tyler (Kelsey) Ludwigson and Emily Ludwigson. His six surviving sisters are Marvis Dolan, Vivian Peterson, Geraldine Holmseth, Charlene Zimmerman, Elaine (Robert) Weiner, Kathleen (John) Bang and brother Stanley (Sonja) Matheson. Surviving in-laws include Hermina Folven, Marvis (Arnold) Karge, Sandra (Gerald) Urban, Linda Loge, Lynette (Juel) Merseth and Marlyn (Kathy) Loge. Carlyle and Dona have 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Carlyle was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, brothers-in-law Henry Dolan, Paul Peterson, Merrill Holmseth, Gary Zimmerman, Don Folven and Lorne Loge as well as nephews Gary Folven, Gayle Dolan and Steven Karge.

Bonnerup Funeral Services served the family.