Milo Mathison, 75, once of Spring Valley

Milo Odine Mathison of Rochester, 75, died Thursday, July 25, 2019, at The Patty Elwood Center in Cresco, Iowa, from complications of Alzheimer's.

He was born in Cresco, the son of Milton and Ruby (Dotzenrod) Mathison, on Feb. 7, 1944. He attended country school for eight years and graduated from high school in 1962 from Spring Valley.

He worked on the farm starting at an early age and continued through adulthood near Cherry Grove until 1990.

In 1963, he met and married the love of his life, Trudy Kerns. Together, they raised their three girls.

He was active in his community and served eight years on the Spring Valley School Board, and chairman for four years. He also served in positions at the Cherry Grove United Methodist Church as a lay leader and speaker. He also was very active in the church bowling league. He later become part of the Gopher State Garden Tractor Pulling Club and built the Silver Shadow. He was an avid welder, which took him to his job at Crenlo as a welder. He later moved to installing glass in Caterpillar equipment, which led to his obsession of his toy tractor collection.  

He is survived by his wife, Trudy; children, Tracy (Darin) Bicknese, Lisa (Kevin) Sikkink and Darcy Siem, all of Rochester; grandchildren, Luke (Tamara) Bicknese, Christopher (Erin) Bicknese, Tyler (Courtney) Bicknese, Aaron Timm, Danielle (Dillan) Dohrn and Dylan Siem; great-grandchildren, Aubrey, Matthew, Adam, Abigail and Clara; a brother, Dwight Mathison, and brother-in-law, Steven Harnack; nieces and nephews, Bart (Amy) Harnack, Tammy Harnack, Krystal (Justin) Koball and extended special family members Terry Timm and Danny Siem.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Sharon and Charlotte Harnack.

Memorial services were held on Monday, July 29, at Stewartville United Methodist Church in Stewartville, with the Rev. Mark Rader officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations to be made to the Patty Elwood Center, 21668 80th Street, Cresco, IA 52136, Mayo Clinic for Alzheimer's' research or a charity of their choice.