Wednesday, September 7, 2011


AGE: 92

ADDRESS: W10160 Sawyer Avenue Withee Town of Grover Resident Former Town of Holway Resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 5:00 A.M. Sunday, September 4 at the Memorial Nursing and Rehab. Center, Medford where he had been a patient for the past week.

TIME & PLACE OF FUNERAL: 1:00 P.M. Friday, September 9 at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Withee

OFFICIATING: Rev. Bonnie Cain

PLACE OF BURIAL: Nazareth Lutheran Cemetery, Withee

VISITATION AT: 10:30 A.M. until the time of services at 1:00 P.M. Friday, September 9 at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Withee

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 20, 1919 in the Town of Holway

EDUCATION: Attended elementary school at Forest Grove in the Town of Holway

MARRIAGE INFORMATION: June 6, 1942 at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Withee to Betty Rose Peterson and she survives

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: As a young man he worked on the family dairy farm in the Town of Holway and became owner in 1958 until 1973 where he then owned and operated Matson Livestock, where he transported cattle until 1982. Harold then worked for the U.S. Forestry Service from 1983 until the time of his retirement in 1987. Harold enjoyed wood crafting, Camping, Family Gatherings and Outings, He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

MEMBER OF: Nazareth Lutheran Church, Withee
Harold also served on the school board for Forest Grove

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Betty Rose Matson of Withee

SURVIVING CHILDREN: 6 Children: Irene (Jack) Shadrick of Beloit, Roger (Sharon) Matson of Janesville, Ronald (Peggy) Matson of Withee, Howard Matson of Albany, Lawrence Matson of Withee and Robert (Dawn) Matson of Arkdale

# OF GRANDCHILDREN: 13 and 3 Step Grandchildren
GREAT -GRANDCHILDREN: 10 and 2 Step Great-Grandchildren

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: 2 Sisters: Anna Tauchen of Curtiss and Lillian Matson of Withee
Brother-In-Law: Elmer Dearth of Owen

DECEASED BROTHERS/SISTERS: 4 Sisters: Freida, Amelia, Hilda and Catherine Dearth
Also preceded in death by a Grandson: Scott Matson and Great-Granddaughter: Dawn Marie Matson

DECEASED MOTHER: Katherina C. Thormahlen

PALLBEARERS: Grandchildren: Brad, Jeff and Fred Matson, Jesse Snyder, Stephany Mabry and Jodi Harris

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorial’s can be made to Harold’s family to be designated at a later date
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford is assisting the family with arrangements
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