Virgil Mathews


Virgil Mathews Virgil A. Mathews age 79 of Walnut Grove passed away Monday, April 20, 2015 at Prairie View Senior Living in Tracy. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 24 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove. Visitation is 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Walnut Grove Funeral Home with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at church on Friday. Burial is in the Walnut Grove Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at Stephens Funeral Service – Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Virgil Arthur Mathews was born May 14, 1935 in Shetek Township, Murray County, Minnesota to Arthur and Stella (Williams) Mathews. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, and graduated from Tracy High School. Virgil was blessed with six children. He began farming the family farm for many years, then went on to work at Exxon, DeSmet Welding, had a partnership in Davis and Mathews Construction, and lastly worked at the Tracy Hospital as a maintenance man (Jack of all trades) until his retirement in 2012. Virgil was united in marriage to Deloris Jensen on November 9, 1984. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, and tinkering in his garage.

Virgil is survived by his wife, Deloris of Walnut Grove; children: Dale (Jennifer) Mathews of Pipestone, Nancy (Steve) Holm of Marshall, Darleen (the late Dale) Sherman of Balaton, Tamela (Kevin) Moran of Marshall, Robert of Walnut Grove, Terry (Mandy) of Garvin; step-children: Dorene (James) Jens of Currie, Doug (Paula) Bargfrede of Jackson, Cheryl (Randy) VanBrocklin of Evansdale, IA, Tamara Haug of Spicer; 29 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; sisters Ruth Bartlett of Tracy and Ellen Miller of New Ulm; and sister-in-law Marjorie Mathews of Canby. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Neil and his wife Dorothy, Russell, son-in-law Dale Sherman, and brothers-in-law George Bartlett and Marlin Miller.


  1. Leah Van Westen says:

    My thoughts and prayers to the Mathews family during this difficult time.

  2. JOHN W. FOSTER says:

    virgil, my 1953 classmate and ffa supporter. god bless the family.

  3. Sara Karbo says:

    Dar and girls,
    Our deepest sympathies as well as love to all of you! Let those who care be there for you, especially the One above. We are here. Love,
    Chad, Sara, Hannah, Ava and Barrett

  4. Randy & Darla Larsen says:

    Our heart, love, & prayers go out to your family on the loss of your husband, father, & grandfather. Virgil was a wonderful man.

  5. Denise (Christopherson) Andersen says:

    Deloris & family, my deepest sympathy to you all. I feel so blessed to have known & worked with Virgil. His smile & twinkling eyes are what I will remember, along with his willingness to help the lab staff out at all times of the day or night. Praying God brings you comfort & peace. Best regards~ Denise (Christopherson) Andersen

  6. Julie Hanson says:

    Condolences to all the Mathews family. Virgil was a great guy. May he rest peace.

  7. Joyce Borneke says:

    Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

  8. Karen Schewe-Onken says:

    Sincerest sympathies from my family to the family of Virgil Mathews. I’m sorry, I know Terry (mandy), and Bob the best, but please know you are ALL in my thoughts and prayers throughout this troubled time. I do know that any memory I have of talking or just a simple hello, was always kind and courteous. I will always remember Virgil as a genuinely kind man. Blessed be his memory. GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND KEEP YOU!

  9. Steve Hussong says:

    He was a great guy and many fond memory’s. Go in peace Virgil.

  10. Nanette hulscher says:

    Virgil was always just such a great person to work with. So friendly and willing to help. I hope they have a maintenance dept in heaven for him. My deepest sympathies to his friend and family. God bless.

  11. Dale Bannick says:

    I have many fond memories of Virgil back in the Davis and Mathews Construction days. He was a great guy with a big heart. I too I feel so blessed to have known & worked with Virgil so many years ago.

  12. Sandy Jonhson says:

    Virgil was a super neighbor to our mom and dad, Galen and Shirley Lorenz. After our fathers death, he still continued to watch out for mom. We always enjoyed visiting with him. Sending our Deepest Sympathy. Sandy Johnson and Dianna Meld

  13. Sandy Johnson says:

    Virgil was a great neighbor to our folks, Galen and Shirley Lorenz. After our dads death he still continued to watch out for our mother. We always enjoyed visiting with Virgil. We send our deepest Sympathy, Sandy Johnson and Dianna Meld

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