Joe Matthiesen, 95 of Dysart died March 14, 2010 at Sunnycrest Nursing Center under the care of Hospice of natural causes. Services were held Thursday, March 18 at Overton Funeral Home in Dysart with burial at Dysart Cemetery.
Joe Matthiesen was born October 8, 1914 to William and Stella Kotska Matthiesen in Oneida Township Tama County southwest of Dysart. He received his education in country school at Oneida #8 and later Dysart High School where he graduated. While in school he participated in drama, music and sports. He was a member and delegate of Luther League and taught Sunday School. He also was a Boy Scout and enjoyed being outdoors fishing, hunting and trapping. He received a two thirds scholarship to attend Coe College in Cedar Rapids where he was a member of the ROTC and participated in military concerts, marching band and singing groups. He played in the concert band for President Hoover in Des Moines and President Roosevelt's first inaugural in Washington DC where they won the Blue Banner as best band at inaugural. While serving in ROTC he attained the rating of best marksman in Rifle shooting. He was a member of BPOE (Elks) and played in various dance and concert bands plus orchestras for many years. He was a farmer and part time carpenter. Joe was married to Orpha Mary Matthiesen on February 19, 1938 and have celebrated 72 years of marriage. Joe and Orpha farmed at Grinnell, Clutier and the Dysart areas. In 1976 they moved to Clear Lake later returning to Dysart. Joe's death came at the Sunnycrest Care Center in Dysart on Sunday, March 14, 2010 at the age of 95 years. He was a member and delegate of the Farm Bureau for over 45 years, a 20 year member of the Iowa Historical Society, member of the Archeology Society. He attended the unearthing of the Civil War steamer Bertrand at Desoto Bend near Missouri Valley. He also wrote the family history and made over 200 scrap books. He was a bird counter for the Conservation Department and a member of the Clear Lake Historical Society and donated to the Jaws of Life and the house for one of Clear Lakes first fire trucks. He also volunteered at Handicap Village and helped as an auctioneer. He was preceded in death by his parents, by a daughter Joan who was killed by a drunk driver while she was a student at the University of Iowa, and three brothers. He leaves to mourn his wife Orpha plus many nieces, nephews and great and great great ones.