August 17, 1928 – Monday, January 5, 2009
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
Hillard Maynard Mathews, age 80, of Lester Prairie, owner and operator of, “Mathews Well Company” passed away peacefully on Monday, January 5, 2009 at Ridgeview Hospital in Waconia. He was born to Reinhold and Pauline (Tonn) Mathews on August 17, 1928 in Helen Township, Glencoe Minnesota. He was one of ten siblings of whom three remain living. Hillard was baptized on September 9, 1928 at First Lutheran Church in Glencoe by Reverend Ernest Kolbe. He was confirmed on March 29, 1942 and married Elizabeth (Litzau) on November 26, 1950 by Reverend Alfred Streufert also at First Lutheran Church and they were blessed with two daughters. Hillard was schooled in the Glencoe School District and started shortly after drilling wells with his brother, Eldor in the Glencoe area. In his early days Hillard enjoyed playing the accordion. In 1951, he moved to Lester Prairie and started his own well drilling business and worked until the present time. There were a lot of odd days and hours spent making sure the local people had water. He enjoyed the daily work that went into his well drilling business and the people he met. He was a lifetime member of the Minnesota Water Well Association. In 1966, his wife Elizabeth passed away and Hillard had to raise their two daughters alone. One of Hillard’s biggest enjoyments was spending time with his grandson, Anthony and visiting family and friends. He was an avid fan of Minneapolis Moline Tractors and enjoyed the shows and especially Farm Fest. Hillard was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth; his parents; brothers, Earl, Orville, Marvin, Eldor and Ray; sister, Alice Debner; sister-in-law, Veldora Mathews; brothers-in-law, Carl Ehrke, John, Allen, Donald, Darrell and David Litzau. He is survived by his daughters, LuAnn Priebe and Debbie Mathews and special friend Ron Koester; grandson, Anthony Priebe; sister, Lorna Ehrke; brothers, Norman Mathews and Erwin (Ruth) Mathews; sisters-in-law, Willardine Mathews, Myrtle Mathews, Anna Mathews, Janet Litzau, Sharon (Alan) Mielke, Donna Litzau and Audrey Litzau; brothers-in-law, Gene (Wanda) Litzau and Richard (Sharon) Litzau; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 2:00pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. Visitation is from 4-8pm on Wednesday at Church. Further visitation is one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Interment is at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery. Pastor Eric Nelson will officiate and Jane Holasek will play the organ. “Amazing Grace”, “How Great Thou Art” and the old version of “The Lord is My Sheppard” are being sung. The Pallbearers are, Randy Mathews, Darian Litzau, Duane Litzau, Jason Mielke, Allan Debner and Paul Rohde. The honorary pallbearer is his grandson Anthony Priebe. The Chilson Funeral Home served the family.
Chilson Funeral Home – Winsted