Donald Mathison, 1928-2018

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Memorial services for Donald Robert Mathison, 89, of Albert Lea will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Lutheran Church. The Rev. Sean Forde will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by local servicemen’s organizations. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 9 to 11 a.m., prior to the service at the church on Friday. Online condolences are welcome at

Donald Mathison

Donald died Friday, April 13, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea.

Donald Robert Mathison was born Oct. 1, 1928, in Albert Lea, the son of Helmer and Florence (Schneider) Mathison. He graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1947. Donald served in the U.S. military, stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky, for two years and Camp McCoy for 14 months during the Korean War. On Aug. 16, 1953, Donald was united in marriage to Neva Sauer in New Richland. He worked at Universal Milking Machine, El’s Grocery Store, Albert Lea Electroplating and Ben’s Floral. Donald was a member of First Lutheran Church, where he was president of the congregation and on the Life Plus Growth and Stewardship commissions. He was also a member of the Elks and the American Legion. He managed Universal Credit Union, Freeborn County Tax Association, and was elected to the Albert Lea City Council for 10 years.  Donald volunteered on the St. John’s board and the foundation board, was often an election judge and worked with Senior Resources. He enjoyed traveling, golfing and walking.

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Donald is survived by his wife, Neva; children, Valerie (Daryl Hanzal) Pederson of Edina, Julie (Sunday) Aikoriegie of St. Paul and Douglas (JoAnne) Mathison of Albert Lea; grandchildren, Kalaria Orozco, Sloane Nilsen, Angelique Aikoriegie and Alex Aikoriegie; great-grandson, Ethan Hoeve; two nieces, Nancy (Jack) Bowen and Sandy (Kyle) Goodrich; three nephews, Scott (Ellen) Sauer, Rick (Lise) Anderson and David (Joyce) Anderson; many cousins; aunt, Norma Schneider; and two brothers-in-law, Eugene (Wilma) Sauer and Reginald Sauer.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents; brother, Delane (Merlene) Mathison; sister-in-law, Anne Sauer; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.