Wilbert Walter Matthes
1928 - 2020
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Wilbert Walter Matthes, 92 yrs of Ida, MI. Died in Fountain View of Monroe, Tuesday August 11, 2020, where he had been since hip surgery.
Due to COVID-19, all services are private and burial will take place at Lulu Cemetery.
Born March 12, 1928, in Monroe, MI. Wilbert was the son of Walter and Mamie (Piehl) Matthes. He was a 1943 Lambertville High School Graduate. Attended Adrian College where he met the love of his life. He married Margaret "Peg" Doster on November 19, 1949, in Ottawa Lake, MI. They were married for 65 yrs and had five children. Margaret "Peg" died November 18, 2015.
Wilbert and Margaret "Peg" moved to Ida in 1950. Wilbert was an entrepreneur. Together they owned and operated Matthes Evergreen Farm, from 1960-2016. A carpenter by trade, he also owned and operated Matthes Cabinets until 1990. He was strong in his Faith with God, was a founding member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. A member of Commodores of Harmony, Maumee, OH (Past President), Floral City Barbershop, Monroe, MI, "The Long and Short of It" Quartet, Small Business Association, Aircraft Owner and Pilot Association, EAA Experimental Aviation Association, National Christmas Tree Association, Michigan and Ohio Christmas Tree Growers Association. He loved to fly his airplane, fishing, barbershop singing, enjoyed his grandkids and all their activities, and riding his gator with his dog "Pugsley." Wilbert and Peg wanted to do their part to increase the bluebird population, they built and maintained over 100 bluebird houses on the farm.
Survivors include: his children, Marvin (Wilma), Karl (Diane), Kathy (Gary) Honomichl, Kris (John) Ray; grandchildren, Tennille (Ralph) Budlowski Eric (Kristina) Honomichl, Kari Honomichl, Ian, Michael, Elise, Lindsey Zawacki, Adam (Christina) Glaser, Colleen (Gage) Stewart, 8 great-grandchildren and his dog Pugsley. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and son, Norman.
Memorials can be made to: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Humane Society of Monroe or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
To send the family condolences please go online to: www.capaulfuneralhome.com.

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Published in Monroe News on Aug. 14, 2020.
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August 17, 2020
Thank you Mr Matthes. I am 48 and gave been to your farm since is was little to get a Christmas tree each year. You have made countless heart happy with memories. May God smile on you for all you have done for others and God's creatures as well. Rest peacefully with Peg. Love Christine, Willis Mi.
Christine Walker
August 15, 2020
Blessings to Marvin, Kathy, Kris and Carl this is a difficult time for all of us. Wilbert was so vital as a husband, father and friend to all. He leaves an opening in our hearts only until we meet again in our home above. Comfort and peace in your lives. Bro Cal and Family
Calvin Havekost
August 15, 2020
What an inspiring man Wilbur was and will be remembered as devoted to family, caring for others and wildlife, and had a truly great personality. He will be greatly missed by us and our family. Thanks for the memories, John and Rose Stahl
John and Rose Stahl
August 14, 2020
Dear Family,
Marilyn and I are so very sorry to hear of Wilb’s passing. We send you prayers at this difficult time.
Dad and I spent time with him a year ago and had a great visit. He still had a great sense of humor and we had some good laughs.
My family had a number of memorable visits to the farm. We especially recall Grandma Havekost’s 90th birthday celebration.
Unfortunately, living in Denver, we were never able to visit during the Christmas season. Two years ago, Wilb, Kenny, dad and I went to lunch at a restaurant that I believe was called the Schoolhouse. We then drove all over the farm.
God truly gifted Wilb in many ways and he will be missed by many.
Peg and Wilb’s reunion will be a joyous occasion.
God’s peace, Jeff and Marilyn
Jeff Havekost
August 13, 2020
I was blessed to meet Mr Matthes while delivering for meals on wheels. He was always so kind. We had great conversations. He loved talking especially about his farm.
My condolences and sympathies to his family!! He was one in a million!!
Lori Beaufait
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