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Joe Matthews

WEBSTER- Joe Matthews, 84 of Webster died on Friday, August 28, 2009 at Bethesda Home in Webster. His funeral will be at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Webster, Rev. Daniel Ostercamp officiating. Burial with military rites will be at Hillside Cemetery, Lily. Visitation will be at Fiksdal Funeral Service (fiksdalfuneral.com) on Monday 5-8 P.M. and prior to services on Tuesday at the church. Lloyd Joseph “Joe” Matthews was born on Friday, July 3, 1925 to Lloyd and Emma (Alby) Matthews at Lily, South Dakota. He was baptized and confirmed at Lily Lutheran Church. He attended and graduated from Lily High School in 1943. In January 1945 he entered the U.S. Army and served at the end of World War II in the Philippines. After his discharge in December 1946 he returned to the Lily area to the Matthews family homestead. On June 22, 1947 he was united in marriage to Sylvia Folven at Lily Lutheran Church in Lily, South Dakota. After their marriage the couple lived in Bradley for two years and then, after the death of his step-mother, they moved to the family farm where he farmed with his father until the mid 1950’s. In 1975 his son, Mike and wife, Kris joined in the farming operation. They operated a grain, hog and cattle farm. Joe and Sylvia, even though they moved to Webster, maintained an active role in the farm until the present time. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Webster. He served on various local, state and national boards including Day County Bank (CorTrust) and Lake Region Electric. He was a member of the American Legion and a long time member of National Farmer’s Union. Joe passed away on Friday, August 28, 2009 at Webster, South Dakota at the age of 84 years, 1 month and 25 days. Survivors include his wife, Sylvia of Webster; one son, Mike (Kris) Matthews of Lily, SD; a daughter, Mary Jo (Roger) Schaible of Aberdeen, SD; a sister, Merle Berkland of Hopkins, MN; five grandchildren, Travis (& fiancée, Michelle Philbrick) of Gillette, WY, Clinton (& Lacey) Matthews of Lily, SD, Lisa (Anthony) Bjerke of Bradley, SD, Jerod (& fiancée, Brandi Pierret) of Garretson, SD and Mandi Schaible of Fargo, ND; a great granddaughter, Addison Matthews of Lily, SD; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother, Georgia, an infant son, three sisters, Doris Bang, Fern Glynn & Pearl James.

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Sylvia, Mary Jo, Mike and families, Our Deepest Sympathy to all of you. I can remember so many hours, so many days of sitting at the kitchen table with Dad and Joe. They had many cups of coffee and I guess I just ate the cookies. What a wonderful man who will be missed by many. Love, Jackie and Del DeVries

Jackie (Evenson) DeVries Sep 3 2009 12:00 AM

To Sylvia and family - I am so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He was a good man. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Jay Schmechel

Jay Schmechel Sep 2 2009 12:00 AM

I'm so glad I had the chance to meet Joe at Larry & Kitten's wedding. He was such a great guy! The phrases that come to mine when I think about him are: "Salt of the earth" and "Good Midwestern stock". He was obviously a hard worker and had a genuine kindness about him. I could tell his family & faith were very important to him and that he was very much loved in return. I know you will all treasure your memories of Joe and the special person he was to each of you. God bless. Pixie

Pixie Brennan (Kitten's sister) Sep 1 2009 12:00 AM

Joe. You were a very good friend for many years. We grew up together. Sylvia. You have all our sympathy. We feel your loss too. Joe will be missed. John and Blanche

John and Blanche Brice Sep 1 2009 12:00 AM

To the Liberal Lion of Lily - We love you Uncle Joe. Although we wish we could be there today, we are thinking back on all the times that Steve, Thomas, Christopher and I were there with you, Susie, all the kids and the James Gang. Whether it was riding out in the fields bouncing around in the pick-up truck, vaccinating cattle, riding on the tractor, playing baseball in the corn field or sitting around the kitchen table talking, we always had a blast. And how could we forget the Lily Centennial?! Just as these memories will never fade, so your spirit will live on in our hearts. Peace, Uncle Joe. To Susie, Mary Jo and Mike - Our thoughts are with all of you. Love, Kath, Thomas and Christopher (Glynn) Griffey

Katharine (Glynn) Griffey Aug 31 2009 12:00 AM

I am very sorry for your (our) loss of such a considerate person. I shall always remember speaking to him the last time at our high school reunion this year. My condolances. Keith

Keith Kruse Aug 29 2009 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Joe - Farmers Union will not be the same without his wisdom and dedication. He will be missed! My deepest sympathies.

Bonnie Geyer Aug 29 2009 12:00 AM

Sylvia and family, I am so sorry for your loss and extend to you our deepest sympathy. May you find comfort in your memories of him and may God be with you at this difficult time. God bless his soul. Butch and Charlotte Hoverstadt

Charlotte Hoverstadt Aug 28 2009 12:00 AM