Gordon Erwin Matthees, age 91, of Winona, was born on March 2, 1930, in Winona, MN to Ed and Dora (Gensmer) Matthees. He died on April 30, 2021 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse surrounded by family.
He grew up in Norton Township on the family farm. On July 30, 1955, he married Sandra Ann Reese at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Winona. Together they raised three children: Lance, Rock, and Tamara.
Gordon began his career in construction working for Ralph Scharmer Construction and eventually started Matthees Construction, where he built homes in Goodview, Winona, and the surrounding area. For years he was the proud owner of the #90 late model race car, driven by his son, Lance.
Gordon enjoyed riding his lawn mower, dozer, trout fishing, baking chocolate chip cookies, driving around town, and going to Treasure Island Casino. He had a strong work ethic but always made time for family. Gordon especially enjoyed family vacations to California, holidays, and family celebrations.
He is survived by his children, Lance (Robin) Matthees, Rock Matthees, and Tamara (Randy Galewski) Matthees; three grandchildren, Katina (Jeremy Voelker) Matthees, Reese (James Balonis) Galewski, and Bryce Galewski; and three sister-in-laws, Donna (Jim) Roemer, Sharon Matthees, and Janette Matthees.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra; parents; two brothers, Eldor and Ed; sister, JoAnn (Boyd) Nichols; two sister-in-laws, LaVonne (Dick) Kowalewski and Nancy (Don) Springer.
Respecting Gordon’s wishes, there will be a private family gathering and service. Cards may be mailed to Hoff Funeral Home C/O Gordon Matthees Family, 3480 Service Drive, Goodview, MN 55987. Hoff Celebration of Life Center is assisting the family with arrangements.
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