April 1999 Obituaries

from The Paynesville Press
April 1999

Arthur Woolverton
Arthur B. Woolverton, 88, of Fergus Falls, died Thursday, April 22, 1999, at the Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls.

The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 29, at Grace United Methodist Church in Fergus Falls, the Rev. Robert Hoeft officiating. Interment will be at Salem Cemetery in Paynesville at a later date.

He was born Oct. 11, 1910, in Austin, Ill., which is now part of Chicago, the son of Frank and Harriet (Fetzhal) Woolverton. He grew up in River Forest, Ill., and was educated in the schools of River Forest and Oak Park. He was assistant manager of United Motor Service in Oak Park, and later became a general adjuster for General Adjustment Bureau, where he worked for 31 years.

On Aug. 5, 1940, he married Myrtle Reeck at Salem Evangelical United Brethren Church near Paynesville. They made their home in River Forest, Ill. He served in the Army in World War II, and was part of the Army that guarded the Panama Canal. After the war, they returned to the Chicago area. In 1962, he was transferred to Houston, Tex., where he worked until his retirement in 1971. During his retirement, he was employed by General Adjustment Bureau as inspector of their offices in various cities.

He was a member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church, later the United Methodist Church, and a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Fergus Falls. He served in many official positions in his church, sang in the choir, was a soloist, and served as song leader. He and his wife served in their church in weekend Lay Witness Missions, where he was song leader for the Mission.

Survivors include numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Myrtle; brothers, David, Paul, and Edward; and sister, Elizabeth.

Verner Matson
Verner M. Matson, 77, of New London, died Monday, April 19, 1999, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

The memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 22, at Peace Lutheran Church in New London, with the Rev. Kathy Hartley officiating.

Verner Melvin Matson was born on Feb. 25, 1922, in Lake Norden, S.D. He was the son of Otto and Stena (Steffenson) Matson. At a young age, Verner moved with his family to the Spicer area, where he grew up on the family farm, and attended country school. During World War II, Verner served his country in the U.S. Army Air Force. He and his brother, Don, owned and operated a meat locker and grocery store in Lake Norden, S.D., for a few years.

On Sept. 28, 1947, Verner was married to Iola Noethe at the Lutheran Free Church parsonage in New London. Following their marriage, they lived in New London, El Cajon, Calif., Lake Norden, S.D., and then returned to New London, where Verner has lived since.

Verner was a commercial painter in the Willmar and New London area for several years. For most of his working career, he was a self-employed carpenter. Verner built many houses in the New London area, including four that he and his family lived in.

Verner was a perfectionist and he took a lot of pride in his work. During his later years, he enjoyed working with leather. He enjoyed being able to help his children with carpentry projects in their homes. He could do anything with his hands. Verner also enjoyed Wednesday coffee and breakfasts and Thursday noon lunches in Spicer with his friends. He was a good husband and father.

Verner is survived by his son, Melvin L. (Susan) Matson of Superior, Wis.; daughter, Debra A. (Gerald) Knisley of Paynesville; five grandchildren; brother, Ernest (Maxine) of El Cajon, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Margaret Nikolaisen of Marshall, Elaine (Wally) Abraham of New London, Elaine Noethe of Minneapolis, Hallis Matson of Spicer, and Velma Weaver of Lucerne Valley, Calif.; and brother-in-law, Herman (Eunice) Noethe of New London.

Verner was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Iola, in 1995; and brother, Donald.

George Potter
Services were on Tuesday, April 20, 1999, at 11 a.m., at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville for George R. Potter, 83, of Paynesville, who died on Saturday, April 17, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery, with full military honors provided by the Paynesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6039 and the American Legion Post #271.

George was born on Feb. 10, 1916, in Springfield, Minn., to John and Molina (Nelson) Potter. He grew up and attended country school near Springfield. He was a 1934 graduate of Springfield High School.

He married Florence Liestman on Aug. 8, 1942, at Rolla, Mo. He joined the U.S. Army in March of 1941, and served in the South Pacific. He was discharged in November of 1945. He returned to Paynesville, where he was employed as a bookkeeper in Harold Putzke's garage. He also worked as a carpenter and then for the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier for 28 years, retiring in 1988.

He was a member of the Paynesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6039, the American Legion Post #271, and Grace United Methodist Church. His hobbies included carpentry, golfing, and playing baseball.

Survivors include his wife, Florence of Paynesville; brothers, Maynard of Redwood Falls and Donald (Lorraine) of New Ulm; sister, Mrs. Leo (Luella) Moeller of Winthrop; sisters-in-law, Mildred of Sleepy Eye and Elsie of Atwater; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Roy, Wayne, Neil, Herman, Wilfred, John, Harold, and Arthur; and sister, Lillie Harrison.

C. Edwin Brown
C. Edwin Brown, 76, of Paynesville, died suddenly on Thursday, April 15, at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, 1999, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. The Rev. Ric Koehn officiated at the service. Interment will be held at a later date at the Paynesville Cemetery.

Edwin, the son of W.E. (Ted) and Louise (Siverling) Brown was born on April 25, 1922, in Paynesville, Minn. He grew up on the family farm and attended school at the Brown Country School east of Paynesville, and graduated from Paynesville High School. He was baptized and confirmed at the Paynesville Methodist Church, and was a member of Grace United Methodist Church at the time of his death.

On Oct. 7, 1945, he married Carmen Elizabeth Sheldon at Paynesville Methodist Church. Together they made their home on the Brown family farm, where he was a third generation farmer. He loved to travel, going to many places around the country, always coming back to Paynesville. He loved to spend time with his family and took great pride in his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and all their accomplishments.

He is survived by his wife, Carmen; children, Kathee and Eugene Martinson of Paynesville, Steve and Rosalyn of Paynesville, and Jill and Tony Palumbo of Columbia Heights; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and sister, Beatrice Wolfe of Paynesville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Goodwin; and sister, Ione Nehring.

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