Albert Henry Matthiesen, age 96, of Weston, passed away peacefully under a starry sky and full moon early Monday morning, September 20, 2021.
Albert was born February 28, 1925, to Evelyn (Haberer) and Chris Matthiesen in Evanston, Illinois. He grew up in Ravina Park, Illinois. He attained an Eagle Scout rank during that time. In 1943 he graduated from Highland Park High School, where he was on the football team and the swim team. Upon graduating from high school, he entered the Army Air Corps. He became a B-24 pilot with the commission of second lieutenant at the age of 19 during World War II. Upon being honorably discharged he attended and graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in mechanical engineering.
His first job was as a mechanical engineer at Allis Chalmers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This is where he met and married the love of his life, Janet Danke, on December 1, 1951. The newlyweds moved to Washington, D.C. where they started their family. In 1955, they moved to Rothschild, Wisconsin where he was employed at Zimpro. During this time he received several patents for his innovative work. In 1957, they moved into the famous “yellow” house, where they resided for 60 years.
He had many hobbies and interests that included woodworking, hunting, fishing, nature, gardening, flying and magic (yes, magic). Retirement from Zimpro in 1984 would include trips throughout the United States and Europe. He was a loving husband, a supportive father, an entertaining uncle, a caring brother, a light-hearted grandfather and a fantastic storyteller.
Albert is survived by his daughters, Mary Kahler of Beaver Dam, Laura (Paul) Boyd of St. Paul, Suzanne Matthiesen of St. Paul and his sons, Chris (Cheryl) Matthiesen of Suamico and Andrew (Bridget) Matthiesen of Sussex. Grandchildren include Marne Boyd, Anders Boyd, Micah Boyd, Kyle (Yvonne) Kahler, Marisa (Matt Hoffman) Kahler, Nolan Matthiesen, Mitchell Matthiesen, Molly Matthiesen (fiancé Justin Schweitzer), and Sam Matthiesen. He is also survived by six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Janet, his sisters, Elaine and JoAnne and his son-in-law, Stephen (Buck).
Visitation for Albert will be held from 1:00 until the time of service (2:00) at St. Andrew Church at 150202 County Road N, Wausau. Livestreaming will be available through a link on the Brainard Funeral Home website. Burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Copperleaf Assisted Living of Schofield and Interim Hospice and Palliative Care for their kindly care of Albert.
Memorials can be directed to the Marathon County Humane Society at 7001 Packer Drive in Wausau.
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