Matykowski, Henry M. "Hank'
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Henry M. "Hank" Matykowski, 89, Sun Prairie, died Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012, at the Willows Nursing Home. He was born on November 11, 1923, in Crivitz, and was the son of Paul and Veronica (Wirkus) Matykowski. He married Marie Mueller on May 1, 1946. Hank spent most of his life in the oil distribution industry as the owner/operator of Matty Oil Company and later as an account executive with several national petroleum products companies. Hank and Marie moved from Crivitz to Plover in 1965, where they resided until his retirement, when they moved to Columbus. There, he spent many hours in the senior center wood shop, making bird houses, ornaments, home decorations and toys for his sons, daughters-in-law and grandkids. He also enjoyed singing with the residents of the assisted living community where they lived. He was extremely proud of his photos of a 1957 Packer game, which now are displayed on the Packer Hall of Fame website. Hank was a devout Catholic, a proud veteran of the Merchant Seaman, as well as member and officer of the Crivitz Fire Department, Crivitz Lions Club, Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus, and the St. Mary's Church choir. He was also a member of the Crivitz Barber Shoppers, where his quartet performed throughout the state. Hank loved his country very deeply, nearly as much as his wife and family. He loved to play the organ, tell life stories and sing at family reunions.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Marie of Sun Prairie; and 6 children, John (Kathy) of Lacey, WA; Donald (Lois) of Stevens Point; William of Des Moines, IA; Gerald (Candice) of Minneapolis, MN; Charles (Lisa) of Williamsburg, VA; and George (Jayne) of Sun Prairie. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; as well as his brother, Richard (Sandra) Matty of Crivitz; and his sisters, Geraldine Matykowski of Crivitz; Johanna (Darrell) Van Beek of Crivitz; and Jeanette Bolin of Marinette.
Hank was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Veronica; brothers, Harry, Aloysius, Edward, John; and sisters, Irene, Gertrude, and Bernice.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 28, 2012, at St Albert the Great Catholic Church, 2420 St. Albert Drive in Sun Prairie. Monsignor Terrence Connors will preside. Burial will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery in East Bristol. A visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Friday. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established.
Published in Stevens Point Journal on Dec. 25, 2012