Glenn C. Matson passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at the age of 95. He was born in Chetek, Wis., on July 8, 1924, to Nels and Annie (Williams) Matson. Glenn was the second-oldest of nine children. In 1944, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and went into the flight training program. At the end of the war, he returned to Wisconsin and began working for Wisconsin Telephone Company (later AT&T), where he worked in management until his retirement in 1988.
Glenn married Helen E. Koehler in May 1950 and had five children—Michael, Pamela, Thomas, Kathleen and Eric. The family moved to Hudson, Wis., in 1955, where they were involved members of the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and school community, and had a wide group of friends. In 1978, they returned to the Eau Claire area. There, he and Helen were active contributors to the communities of Altoona and Eau Claire, including the Telephone Pioneers and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
After retirement, Glenn focused on carpentry and house building, and enjoyed time with family and friends. He always said that his 70s were his best years as he and Helen traveled and spent time with their grandchildren. Throughout his life, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, skiing, golfing, camping and spending time outdoors with his friends and family.
Left to cherish his memory are his five children, Michael Matson (Shelly), of Chetek, Pamela Matson (Peter Vitousek), of Stanford, Calif., Thomas Matson (Julie), of Eau Claire, Wis., Kathleen Matson Hamilton (Scott), of Altoona, Wis., and Eric Matson, of San Diego, Calif.; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his sisters, Linda Magadance, Eileen Ottoson and Doris Kaskinen; brother Jim Matson (Deloris); nieces and nephews; and many good friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; his parents; and four of his siblings.
A celebration of life and Mass will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 3, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1712 Highland Ave., Eau Claire, with Fr. Tim Welles officiating. Memorial visitation will take place at the church on Monday morning an hour prior to the service and will continue after the service at the church in Father Klink Hall during a luncheon. Private family interment will take place at a later date in the Sumner Cemetery, Barron County, Wis.
Memorials may be given in Glenn’s name to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or Feed My People. Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.hulkefamilyfh.com.
Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Rd., Eau Claire, is assisting the family with the arrangements.