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Reverend Donald W. Matthiessen

Reverend Donald W. Matthiessen
  • April 24, 1929 - February 3, 2017
  • Sterling, Illinois

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“Sincere sympathy to all of you on Pastor's death. No matter what the circumstances are, it is never an easy journey. Thinking of all of you... ”
1 of 16 | Posted by: Gerry & Pam George - Gresham, NE

“Rosemary and family,I would like to extend my sympathy to you. I have a lot of good memories from when you were at Gresham. I always enjoyed Pastor's...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Bob Nuttelman - Shelby, NE

“So sorry to hear about the passing of Pastor. He was a wonderful man of faith and will truly be missed. ”
3 of 16 | Posted by: Anna Tillman - Hammond, IN

“My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. May you be strenthened each day. We know Pastor has now gone to his heavenly home and is...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Carol Dey - Gresham, NE - Friend

“Rosemary & family,We are sorry to hear of pastor's passing. God promises His care for you and your family. Pastor has received that gift of eternal...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Mike & Kristin Foley

“Rosemary and family, so sorry to hear of Pastor's passing. May God comfort you at this difficult time. ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: Randy and Susie Tonniges - NE

“I wi;; miss you. I always appreciated when you woould bring me communion. Mau the good Lord bless and keep you! ”
7 of 16 | Posted by: David Green - Galt, IL - Friend

“Rosemary, I was surprised when I returned to work today and saw the information on your husband's passing. I am sending prayers to you and your...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Ida Bolen - Pecatonica, IL

“So sorry for your loss. He will be truly missed. Tim & Lisa Tegeler ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: Tim & Lisa Tegeler - Morrison, IL

“Our prayers are with your family, He was a special person to my father especially in his later years. Peace be with you. A ”
10 of 16 | Posted by: Everett & Nancy Pannier - IL

“Always a friendly face and a story to tell. I remember some well. ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Wayne and Lynda Endress - IL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Rosemary, and your entire family during this difficult time. May God grant all of you the comfort and...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Dianne Behrens - Morrison, IL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. May you find comfort in knowing Pastor is now at peace and free from pain...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Dianne Behrens - Morrison, IL

“We are so very sorry to hear of Don's passing. Jamison was sad...he was thankful that Don was able to take his Eagle Paperwork to Rockford for him. ...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Sandra Kappes - Sterling, IL

“Our Hearts mourn and rejoice with your Family Rosemary , George ,Amy ,James and Robert and Baby Girl! It has always been an Honor to have met and...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Patrick & Pamela Dunlavey - IL

“Our deepest sympathy! ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Melvin and Joan Mayes - Winner, SD

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STERLING - Reverend Donald Matthiessen, age 87, passed away Friday, February 3, 2017 at Regency Care of Sterling.
Don was born in Persia, Iowa on April 24, 1929 to PW and Lillie (Martens) Matthiessen. He was a graduate of Persia High School, Dana College, and Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, Illinois. He was ordained as a minister in July of 1975. He married Rosemary (Mortensen) of Elk Horn, Iowa on July 26, 1975 in Persia, Iowa. He faithfully and passionately served the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod his entire life as a layman, Bible Study leader, and minister including churches in Winner, Clearfield, and Hamill, South Dakota; Gresham, Nebraska; and Our Saviors Lutheran, Sterling. Don was a farmer for many years prior to his ordination. He farmed many acres around the Shelby, Iowa area. He was drafted into the Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1952 after the death of his father.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Rosemary, their children George Matthiessen of Osan Air Force Base, Osan, South Korea; Robert Matthiessen of Dixon, Illinois; and Amy (James) Morrison of Tarzana, California, and one granddaughter, Alice Morrison of Tarzana, California.
He is preceded in death by his father, mother, sister Maxine, and brother-in-law William Oloff.
In celebration of a life well lived, there will be a visitation at McDonalds Funeral Home, Rock Falls, Illinois on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 5-7PM. Funeral services will be held at McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls Thursday, February 16th at 10AM with the Rev. Mark Hawkinson, family friend, officiating. Graveside services will be held 2:00 PM Friday, February 17th at Elk Horn Lutheran Church Cemetery, Elk Horn, Iowa.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established. Condolences may be sent to
"Well done, good and faithful servant. We don't know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future."