John Stanley Matson, 75, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints on Sunday, November 8, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer.
John was born in Racine on October 21, 1934, to Stanley and Catherine (nee, Garner) Matson. He married the former Jacqueline Moser, celebrating 54 years of marriage. John served in the U.S. Marine Corps. His father and he were owners of S.J. Matson and Sons, a construction company. In 1983, John founded Nostam Inc., a building contractor, which continues today with his family. Many of the buildings throughout Racine have his work in them. He was an inventor.
John was a survivor. He survived a 40’ fall which broke his back and fought through cancer for the past ten years. John enjoyed the Packers and Badgers, loved to hunt, fish, a good cigar, to make people laugh, letting people know how many shopping days until Christmas, but most of all he loved his wife, children and grandchildren.
John is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Matson; children, Stanley (Brenda K.) Matson, Timothy (Deb) Matson, Jeffrey (Anna) Matson, Robert Matson and Debra (Jim) Ladwig; grandchildren, Jonathon S. Matson, Dawn (Tim) Prust, Jordan Matson, Joshua Matson, Scott Matson, Jeremiah (Ali) Matson, George Matson, Marina Matson, Savannah Schatzman and Buddy Ladwig; great-grandchildren, Isabella Matson, Maddox Matson and Jaxson Prust; and his sister, Joyce Schneider. John is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Sally Frost; and brothers-in-law, Clarence Schneider and Art Frost.
Funeral services for John will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, November 12, 2009, at 6 p.m. with Rev. Holly Anderle officiating. Inurnment will take place at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 p.m. until the time of services. Memorials may be directed to the Lymphoma Foundation or the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
The family would like to thank Dr. Mullane and the wonderful staff at Oncology Alliance for their great care. Also the family thanks the nurses at WFHS oncology floor for caring for John.
Purath-Strand Funeral Home & Crematory
3915 Douglas Ave., Racine (262) 639-8000