Joe Mathieu was born and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin April 14, 1926 to Joe and Marie (Marks) Mathieu.
In 1944, Joe entered the US Army at age 18. He served as a bazooka man in Company C 10th Regiment 5th Army during Patton's Spearhead into Germany. His specialty was blowing the iron door on the concrete bunkers of the Siegfried Line with his bazooka. After surviving 5 months on the front lines he was disabled out with frozen feet from the blizzards. Joe suffered from his frozen feet the rest of his life. Among his awards are the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star for valor in action.
Joe returned to school and earned a B.A. from DePaul University and an MBA in Finance from Dartmouth University. He worked for a number of Chicago corporations in management and as Chief Financial Officer.
He was elected to the Board of Directors of a Chicago area Library District where he served for six years and helped build almost 20 local libraries. Upon retirement he continued his community service in Springfield serving on a number of local boards and was elected to the Springfield Utility Board in 1998 where he served until his death. During this time he also served on the Board of Directors of the American Public Power Association Board of Directors representing almost 20,000 publicly owned utilities. In 2006, he received the Outstanding Public Official Award from them.
Joe was a man of faith and adhered to the principles of justice, honesty, honor, and service to others.
Joe will be missed by his many friends and his sister, Mary Locander of Clarendon Hills, Illinois; his two daughters: Michelle Mathieu of San Diego and Laurie Doles of Florida; and his best friend, Virginia Lauritsen of Springfield.
A visitation will be held on Thursday February 13th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Major Family Funeral Home, 112 N. A Street in Springfield. On Friday the 14th there will be a memorial service held at 2:00 pm at the funeral home.
Please go to majorfamilyfuneralhome.com and sign the guest book.
Published in Eugene Register-Guard on Feb. 13, 2014