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Ronald Melvin Mathson

April 19, 1937 June 28, 2020
Ronald Melvin  Mathson
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Obituary for Ronald Melvin Mathson

Ronald Mathson, 83, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2020, surrounded by his children. Ron was born April 19, 1937, in Blair to the late Ruby Mathson.  He was raised in Strum, WI with his two siblings, Alyce (Rod) Higley of Eleva, and Dennis (Deb) Mathson of Eau Claire.

After graduating from Eleva-Strum Central High, Ron spent 2 years in the Navy aboard the USS Shangri-La.  His career was in food sales with Holsum Bread, Kraft Foods, and Johnsonville, among others. Ron loved his work and found joy in the social interaction that he had with his customers and colleagues. 

Ron married his loving bride Beth on December 18, 1960. As a couple, Ron and Beth were fully devoted to each other. Their love story began in Eau Claire and continued through their move to Central Wisconsin in 1974 for a treasured 49 years. Together they raised 3 boys: Scott, Dave, and Tim. In their retirement, they enjoyed playing card games, taking pontoon rides together, and vacationing in Texas during the winter months. After Beth’s death, Ron longed for the day they would be united again in Heaven.

Ron cherished spending time with his children and grandchildren at his house on the Eau Pleine. His enthusiasm for a good meal was appreciated by his family at each holiday or family gathering. He was a meticulous planner which was evident in his detailed lists of everything from simple grocery runs to Canada fishing trips. His passion for Wisconsin sports is remembered and carried on by the Mathson family.

Ron is survived by his children, Scott (Kathryn) Mathson of Dunlap, IL, David (Kelly) Mathson of Mosinee, and Timothy (Susan) Mathson of Mosinee; 12 grandchildren, Jordan of Dunlap, IL, Cameron (Marissa) of Kansas City, MO, and Taylor (Krista) of Chicago, IL, Lane of Madison, Lydia (Branson) Witucki of Wausau, Samuel "Timmy" and Savannah of Mosinee,  Kristen of Milwaukee, Michael (Molly) of Weston, Bryce (Meredith) of Milwaukee, Lucas (Allison) of Milwaukee, and Zander of Mosinee; and one great granddaughter, Adley, daughter of Michael and Molly of Weston.

A visitation will be held from 4-6 pm on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at the John J. Buettgen Funeral Home (948 Grand Ave, Schofield, WI, 54476). A graveside service with opportunity for social distancing will be held at 11 am on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at the St. Stevens Cemetery (W8704 37th Street, New Lisbon, WI).

In lieu of flowers, monetary contributions will be donated to the Children’s Center of Cebu in the Philippines.

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Celebration of Life




4:00 PM 7/1/2020 4:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 7/1/2020 6:00:00 PM
John J. Buettgen Funeral Home

948 Grand Ave.
Schofield, WI 54476

John J. Buettgen Funeral Home
948 Grand Ave. Schofield 54476 WI
United States

Graveside Service




11:00 AM 7/2/2020 11:00:00 AM
St. Stevens Cemetery

W8704 37th Street
New Lisbon, WI 53950

St. Stevens Cemetery
W8704 37th Street New Lisbon 53950 WI
United States

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