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Gearhart Funeral Home

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OBITUARY

Milan B. Mathison

March 25, 1935May 2, 2019
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Milan Benjemen Mathison was born in Hendricks, MN on March 25, 1935 to Paul and Karen (nee Setering) Mathison. He was the middle son of three boys. At the age of seven, the family moved to Minneapolis, where he graduated from South High School in 1953. Following graduation, Milan went to work as a clerk for the Soo Line Railroad, which was later bought out by the Canadian Pacific Railroad. He was a hardworking and loyal employee for 42 years.

In 1957, Milan married the love of his life, Dawn (nee Clark). To their union, three daughters were born, Kathleen Karen, Cindy Louise, and Linda Marie. Milan had a love and a passion for following all kinds of sports. If he was not out golfing or making his lawn look like a golf course, you could usually find him in his recliner cheering on whichever Minnesota sport happened to be in season.

Following his retirement in 1996, Milan and Dawn would venture south to Texas for a few months in the winter for more golfing and a little rest and relaxation.

Milan was a man of few words, but when he spoke, you would listen. He was a very honest man full of wisdom and a heart filled with love, especially for his family. His children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren meant the world to him. He lived a simple life, nothing too extravagant or flashy. Nevertheless, when it came to his family, he wanted nothing but the best for them. He would instantly drop everything to lend a hand or to offer advice. Milan was also greatly known for his sense of humor. He could turn any bad day into a good one with his quick wit and many jokes. He loved teasing his grandkids.

After his wife passed on April 3, 2019, he lost half of his heart. They were true soulmates that longed to be together again.

On May 2, 2019, Milan passed away at the Knute Nelson Care Facility in Alexandria, MN. He was 84 years old.

Milan was preceded in death by his Loving Wife of 61 years, Dawn Mathison; Daughter, Cindy Mathison; Granddaughters, Ashley VanAusdle and Mylinda VanAusdle; Parents, Paul and Karen (nee Setering) Mathison; Brother, Neil Mathison.

Milan will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by his Daughters, Kathleen (Francis) Sanders of Anoka, Linda (Todd) Hocum of Alexandria; Grandchildren, Andrew VanAusdle, Crystal VanAusdle, Tara VanAusdle, Nate Sanders, Jenny Sanders, Tyann Amundsen, Paige (Andrew) Wascher, and Hayley Hocum; 14 Great-grandchildren; Brother, Kyle (Sharyl) Mathison; many Nieces, Nephews, extended Family and Friends.

~Funeral Service~ Thursday, May 16th at 11AM with visitation one hour prior at Christ Lutheran Church 641 89th Ave NE Blaine, Minnesota

~Evening Visitation~ Wednesday, May 15th from 5-7PM at Gearhart Funeral Home 11275 Foley Blvd NW Coon Rapids, Minnesota

~Interment~ Morningside Memorial Gardens Coon Rapids, Minnesota

Gearhart 763-755-6300 www.GearhartFuneralHome.com

  • FAMILY

  • Milan was preceded in death by his Loving Wife of 61 years, Dawn Mathison; Daughter, Cindy Mathison; Granddaughters, Ashley VanAusdle and Mylinda VanAusdle; Parents, Paul and Karen (nee Setering) Mathison; Brother, Neil Mathison.

    Milan will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by his Daughters, Kathleen (Francis) Sanders of Anoka, Linda (Todd) Hocum of Alexandria; Grandchildren, Andrew VanAusdle, Crystal VanAusdle, Tara VanAusdle, Nate Sanders, Jenny Sanders, Tyann Amundsen, Paige (Andrew) Wascher, and Hayley Hocum; 14 Great-grandchildren; Brother, Kyle (Sharyl) Mathison; many Nieces, Nephews, extended Family and Friends
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Todd Hocum
  • Hayley Hocum
  • Nate Sanders
  • Kyle Mathison
  • Francis Hite
  • Tom Ronning Jr.

Services

  • Evening Visitation Wednesday, May 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 16, 2019

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Tyann Amundsen

May 6, 2019

I really miss you grandpa...it hurts so much to know that when we trick or treat around your neighborhood you will no longer be passing out candy and counting the kids, Bryson will no longer get to sit on your lap and have a grand ol time with you. I must admit those were my best memories around you. Your smile, funny jokes and your love for our candy every year will forever be in my memories and heart. Give grandma and my moo moo and my big sister ash a hug and kiss from me and bryson...untill we all meet again, I hope you are at peace. ♡♡

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Dad and Mom at the Twins game

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Dad and Mom ice fishing up in Alexandria

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Dad and daughter Linda at the Twins game

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Dad with Granddaughter Hayley at her Senior Prom

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Dad with daughter Linda's family before Hayley's prom

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Grandpa and granddaughter Hayley

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Dad with granddaughter Hayley and Todd's mom, Sheryl

Biography

      Milan B. Mathison was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

       His parents were Paul and Karen Mathison. Milan was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Growing up in the Mathison household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. Milan was raised with 2 brothers. He had one older brother Neil and one younger brother Kyle. Milan was constantly involved in activities with his brothers. Milan and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Milan was always consistently loyal to his family.

      As a young child, Milan was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Milan developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Milan took part in football and baseball. However, what Milan enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with his many friends.

      While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Milan as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from South High School in 1953. Milan was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Milan always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

      On November 29, 1957 Milan exchanged wedding vows with Dawn A. Compassionate and devoted to Dawn, Milan held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Dawn and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.

      Milan brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Milan was blessed with three daughters, Kathleen, Cindy, and Linda. They were also blessed with nine grandchildren, Andrew, Crystal, Nate, Tara, Jenny, Ashley, Tyann, Paige, and Hayley.

      Milan greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Milan enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Milan was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was the railroad. He was employed for Soo Line Railroad/CP Rail. Milan worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Milan liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. Since he enjoyed his private time, Milan always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were golf, woodworking, and following sports.

      Milan found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. In high school, Milan played football and baseball. Recreational sports included golfing, camping, and traveling. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were all the professional sports teams in Minnesota.

      Milan enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. He enjoyed researching all of his examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where he traveled, Milan always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included camping on Lake Michigan and spending Winters in Texas after retirement.

      When Milan’s retirement finally arrived in 1996, he was well prepared. He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had begun the process early and had his retirement all laid out well in advance. In retirement, he found new pleasure in travel and improving his golf game. Even in retirement, Milan continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances.

      Milan B. Mathison passed away on May 2, 2019 at the Knute Nelson Care Facility. He is survived by daughters Kathy and Linda, grandchildren Andrew, Crystal, Nate, Tara, Jenny, Tyann, Paige, and Hayley. Services were held at Christ Lutheran Church in Blaine, MN. Milan was laid to rest at Morningside Memorial Gardens in Coon Rapids, MN.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Milan B. Mathison. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.