Obituaries


Roger A. Wahldick, 86, Bloomington

12/2/2021

Roger A. Wahldick, age 86, or Bloomington, and formerly of Arlington, went to meet his Savior on Thursday, Nov. 18. Funeral service was held at Faith Covenant Church in Burnsville at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30. Visitation was held one hour prior to the funeral service. Roger was a 1953 graduate of the Arlington High School. He was an owner of a real estate and property management company. He was also the owner of Parkview Apartments in Arlington for 35 years. Roger loved Jesus, Bible study, golf, travel, and spending time with family and friends. He is survived by daughters, Ann (Wayne) Rice and Liz (Clint) Semm; grandchildren, Kirsten (Kyle), Brittany (Max), Aubree (Aaron), David (Katie), and Bethany; and great-grandchildren, Henrik, Victoria, Benjamin, Carson and Colton. He is preceded in death by his wife, Eileen; and brother, Harry. Memorials are preferred to the Billy Graham Association or Lewey Body Research.

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Daniel Morton Sr., 79, Winthrop

12/2/2021

Daniel Morton Sr., age 79, of Winthrop, passed away at his home in rural Winthrop on Saturday, Nov. 20. Funeral service was held at CrossPoint Church in Hutchinson at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27. Pastor Rick Stapleton officiated. Soloist Elynn Hoch sang “The Old Rugged Cross.” Music accompanist by Katie, Anna and Elizabeth Nykanen; and Pastor Adam Krumrie, “Thank You.” Congregational hymns were “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Joy To The World” and “It Is Well With My Soul.” Casket bearers were Daniel Morton Jr., Emory Hoch, Jon Nykanen, Dayne Morton, Drayden Morton, Easton Hoch and Scott Thorson. Interment was in the Clear Lake Baptist Cemetery, Severance Township, Sibley County. Daniel Linn Morton was born the son of Samuel and Margaret (Moore) in Omaha, Nebraska, on Nov. 7, 1942. He attended Tekamah High School in Nebraska. He was in FFA, 4-H, livestock judging, in his church youth group and took piano lessons from his Mom. He was chosen as Nebraska State Farmer for FFA. Dan went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from Iowa State University. He also fought fires in Oregon for six months during his University years. Dan was joined in marriage to Donna Jean Land in Hershey, Nebraska on Sept. 24, 1967. They met at a church party in Minneapolis while Donna was visiting her college roommate. They really “met” playing Twister at the party. They went on two dates that weekend and Dan really liked her, especially how she looked in those corduroy jeans! They were married seven months later. He knew when he had found the love of his life. At their wedding, the pastor talked about a triangle - Dan, Donna and God. This triangle became the foundation of their family and their lives. They had three children, Dan Jr, Dalynn and Deborah. They bought the farm in Winthrop in 1973. This farm shaped an important part of who Dan is, a farmer, who loved the Lord and his family deeply. He valued his friends and neighbors around him and his church family at Clear Lake Baptist. He was always available whenever someone needed him. Dan and Donna raised the kids on this farm, led the local 4-H club and spent many years in the church singing, playing piano, organ and guitar and teaching Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. Dan’s work experience also included working at Farmhand as a design engineer and at Electric Machinery before and early in their marriage. He then focused on being a successful farmer and sold grain bins and insurance for many years as well. He loved the opportunity to meet new people and serve them in their needs. His farming and sales work, serving at church and in the 4-H club allowed him this touch on the lives of others. Dan loved to feed people at the farm and you never left his table or picnics hungry. This ability to touch and impact others was Dan’s passion. After 25 years, Dan also went back to work as an engineer at Rosemount Engineering in Chanhassen so he and Donna could “pay off the farm.” During this time, Dan lost Donna in a car accident on Dec. 4, 2000. Dan was at a deep loss without the love of his life and stayed strong for his children and those who loved her. He always trusted in the Lord even in this most difficult moment. Dan then met Joan Carol Haley in a grief group while working at Rosemount Engineering. As they got to know each other, a new love slowly grew in his heart. Dan and Joan were married on Aug. 24, 2004. Joan became that “relief pitcher” for Donna when her game was ended early. They continued their life on the farm, expanding the house as it was filled with eight amazing grandchildren (Dayne, Donnae and Drayden Morton, Elynn and Easton Hoch and Katie, Anna and Lizzy Nykanen). Joan also got Dan to expand his horizons “beyond the farm” and travel around many parts of the United States. As this Nebraska farm boy’s life reached retirement age, when most are ready to slow down, Dan seemed only to pick up the pace. He valued every day he had continuing to farm with his son, Dan Jr., as he moved back to Minnesota and bought a farm site right next door. He became an even more successful commodities trader to “support the farm” and build retirement income. He threw himself into the busy lives of his kids, his kids-in-law and grandkids. Dan loved his family and spent every moment he could with them, pouring into them wisdom, love and faith. He loved to go to all their activities and could be seen running from rodeo, to wrestling, to soccer, to 4-H sheep shows, to golfing, to ice skating, to band concerts, musicals and theatre. He was deeply engaged in each one of their lives. His family brought him great joy. He loved to share about what his kids, kids-in-law and grandkids were each doing and was so proud of each one. Dan loved to have fun and to make everything fun. Every day was an adventure and every day ended with “I love you.” Every get together and conversation with his three kids and grandkids ended with “I love you.” Dan said you cannot say I love you too often, not possible. Dan lost Joan to Parkinsons on Jan. 19, 2020. He was again a rock to his family, grandkids and Joan's family, trusting the Lord without wavering. Dan surrendered his life to Jesus as a child and knew Him as his personal savior. Dan lived out his testimony shining a light for the Lord every day. He had a magnetism that drew others to him. This magnetism was the love of Christ shining through. Dan was a servant leader in all his actions. His heart for people made him an excellent listener. Anyone who crossed his path in life soon became a friend. He was baptized as a youth and as an adult and trusted in the Lord always. Dan loved his Lord Jesus and he loved his family, friends and all those whose life path crossed with his. He will be missed by all who knew him and loved him. Dan is survived by his children, Dan Jr. (DeAnn), Dalynn (Emory) and Deborah (Jon); grandchildren, Dayne, Donnae, Drayden (Dan Jr.), Elynn, Easton (Dalynn) and Katelyn, Anna, Elizabeth (Deborah); sisters, Annetta Haack and Rachel Thorson; other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Dan was preceeded in death by his parents, Samuel and Margaret Morton; his brother, Samuel Morton; and wives, Donna (Land) Morton and Joan (Haley) Morton. Arrangements by Dalin-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Winthrop, Minnesota. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.hantge.com.

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Wayne Sheldon, 89, Arlington

12/2/2021

Wayne Sheldon, age 89, of Arlington, passed away at the Arlington Good Samaritan Center on Tuesday, Nov. 23. A Celebration of Life will be observed at the Kolden Funeral Home in Arlington from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6. Private interment will be in the Arlington Public Cemetery. Wayne Leroy Sheldon was born to Everett and Phoebe (Baker) Sheldon in South Dakota on Nov. 26, 1931. Wayne served in the US Marines during the Korean era. On July 7, 1956. he married Fancheon Leach in Pipestone. Wayne initially spent over 10 years working for the railroad. He continued his education to prepare for a career as a grade school teacher in Ellsworth, Winnebago and Arlington-Green Isle schools. He loved spending time with his grandkids and great-grandchildren. Wayne enjoyed volunteering his time taking many community members and friends around on errands and for appointments as well as loved being part of Meals on Wheels. He is survived by daughter, Karla Jarvis of Arlington; grandchildren; Tiffany (Jason) Brockhoff of Arlington, Melissa (Ben) Custalow of Oregon, Jeffrey Bruckschen of LeSueur and Jennifer Weber of LeSueur; great- grandchildren, Sommer Brockhoff, Courtney and Thomas Goethke, Jr.; and sister-in-law; Elsie (Jim) Schaefer of Iowa. Wayne is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Fancheon; son-in-law, George Jarvis; and all of his siblings.

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10/7/2021

Paul D. Mathwig, age 58, of Arlington, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 30. Funeral services were held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Green Isle at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5. Visitation was held at the Kolden Funeral Home in Arlington from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4. Visitation continued from noon until the service time at the church on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Interment was in the church cemetery. Paul Douglas Mathwig was born to Ernest and Dorothy (Hoppe) Mathwig in Gaylord on Aug. 2, 1963. He attended and graduated from the Arlington-Green Isle High School on May 27, 1981. He furthered his education by attending Hutchinson Technical College and graduated in the area of Metrology. Paul worked on the family farm until his parents’ retirement. His field service job brought him various employments including Schwan’s, Worldwide, Elkay Manufacturing and Goebel. Paul married Susan Oelfke  at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg on Feb. 13, 1982. Paul was one of the first Figure 8 racers at the Arlington Raceway. He was a Boy Scout leader, FFA member, and always encouraged his children to be successful and was involved in their passions. Paul enjoyed cooking, hunting, canning, fishing, trapping, gardening and playing Sheephead. He was always up to a good pork burger at Porky’s during the Sibley County Fair. He enjoyed squirt gun fights with the grandchildren and all things family. Paul is survived by his wife, Susan Mathwig; children, Amanda (Lance) Westphal, Daniel Mathwig, Matthew Mathwig, Jenna (David) Mathews, Caitlyn Mathwig and Joe McClellan; grandchildren, Isabel Tigre, Jocelyn Tigre, Kristen Tigre, Leah Westphal, Hailey Mathwig, Blake Mathews, Bryce Mathews, Savannah Mathews, Riley McClellan and Spencer McClellan; sister, Bonnie (Rich) Tuchtenhagen; brothers, Warren Mathwig, Ellerd (Barb) Mathwig, Bruce (Lorinda) Mathwig, John (Althea) Mathwig, Mark (Barb) Mathwig, Eric (Bev) Mathwig and Ross (Kris) Mathwig; uncle, Chester Mathwig; aunt, Gladys Mathwig; mother-in-law, Vera Oelfke; brother-in-law, Bradley (Kathy) Oelfke; aunt and uncle, Marlys  and Gerry Thomes; Godchildren, Teresa Evenson, Krysta Oelfke and Ethan Pomplun; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Paul is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Dorothy Mathwig; and father-in-law, Ronald Oelfke.

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