Verlin W. Matteson, age 94, of Hillsboro, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 at Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hillsboro, WI.
He was born May 30, 1920 in the Town of Forest, Vernon County, WI to Walter V. and Vera A. (Goodman) Matteson. Verlin grew to adulthood in the Town of Forest and graduated from Hillsboro High School. He was united in marriage to Treva W. Taylor on Dec. 22, 1942 at Burr Ridge, WI.
He farmed in the Trippville area and worked at Badger Ordinance for a number of years. In 1967, Verlin and Treva purchased Taylor’s Café in Hillsboro from her parents and changed the name to Wander Inn. They continued operating the restaurant for 13 years. Verlin then worked at Rayovac in Wonewoc until his retirement. He enjoyed woodworking and gardening and was especially proud of his Amaryllis flowers each year. In retirement he volunteered for the Good Samaritan Thrift Store. He crafted a number of wishing wells. He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Hillsboro.
He is survived by his children; Howard (Carol) Matteson of Wonewoc, Alan (Sandi) Hillsboro, Larry (Jenny) Fond du Lac; grandchildren Brent Matteson, Doug Matteson, Ryan (Sarah) Matteson, Aaron Matteson, Justin (Miranda) Satterlee, Joshua (Laura) Satterlee, Jamie Satterlee, Beth Matteson, Candi (Adam) Kennedy; great-grandchildren Jayden, William, Mason, Brody, Adalynn, Karter, Kamden, and Lane; brothers in law, Frank Wendt of Wilton, Mervin (Fodi) Taylor of Ontario, Ralph (Pat) Taylor of Warrenville, IL and Lee (Mary) Taylor of Janesville; and a sister in law, Beverly Matteson; many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 70 years, Treva; son, Carl Matteson; daughter, Anita Satterlee; brothers, Orland, Arland, Merlin; and sister, Doreen Wendt.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church, with Rev. Isaac Fleming officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Vernon Cemetery in Hillsboro. Friends may call at the Church on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. The Picha Funeral Home in Hillsboro assisted the family. For online information, go to www.pichafuneralhomes.com
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Verlin’s memory to the Good Samaritan Thrift Store or the First Congregational Church in Hillsboro.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks and deep appreciation to the staff at Milestone Senior Living and Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital for all the love and care given to Verlin and our family.