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Raymond L. Mathewson

May 26, 1927 ~ November 13, 2018 (age 91)

Raymond L. Mathewson age 91, of Beloit died Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in his home. He was born May 26, 1927 to the late Lyle and Mary (Borkenhagen) Mathewson in Plymouth Township. Ray graduated from Capron High School, class of 1945. He served  in the U.S. Army in Germany as a Master Sergeant from 1950 until 1952.  Ray married Shirley Mae Goldsmith on January 29, 1955. He was a longtime active member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church. Ray worked for GM for 34 years as a foreman until his retirement in 1983. After retirement, Ray assisted Al Schoenfeld at the funeral home for 14 years. He enjoyed gardening and landscape work in the summer and woodworking in his shop in the colder months. Ray and Shirley also enjoyed traveling the U.S during retirement as well as winter trips to Florida. Faith and family were very important to Ray. Family gatherings creating fellowship were constant events. Ray will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend and neighbor who always enjoyed a good visit.

He is survived by his wife Shirley, his sons Jim (ReBecca) Mathewson and David (Laurie) Mathewson; five grandchildren, Melody; Daniel, Sam, Grace & Michael; one step-grandson, Jay and his family; his sisters, Edith (Ralph) Carlson of Beloit, WI and Elaine Nelson of Beloit, WI; his brother, Roland (Elsie) Mathewson of Orfordville, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his three brothers, LeRoy, Richard and Charles (Jeannie) and his brother in law, Donald Nelson.

The family would like to thank the staff at Beloit Senior Living, Beloit Regional Hospice and many special friends and neighbors for the care they provided Ray and Shirley.

Ray’s Funeral Service will be 11:00 a.m. on Friday November 16, 2018 at ST. JOHN'S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1000 Bluff Street, Beloit with Rev. Dennis M. Roser officiating.  Friends will be received on Friday at Church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow the service in Baldwin Cemetery. Please share a memory or a condolence with the Mathewson family on our website.

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