West Bend, Wi – William Matheus passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home surrounded by loved ones on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at the age of 87.
He was born in Marshfield, Wisconsin, to William and Anne (Feggestad) Matheus. He graduated in 1954 from Medford High School and enlisted in the US Army. On January 18, 1958, he married Eva (Evie) Bieniek of Rib Lake, Wisconsin. Over the next 64 years they settled in West Bend, Wisconsin and raised six children together.
Bill led an active and fulfilling life. He was best known for his 25-year career as a police officer with the West Bend Police Department and for being an expert marksman. He was a skilled cabinet maker and a past president of the West Bend Builders Association.
Bill was a private pilot and a long-time member of the Experimental Aircraft Association. In retirement, Bill took to restoring antique tractors. He volunteered at county fairs and the Washington County Breakfast on the Farm pulling hay wagons with his 1937 John Deere Model A. Bill was also a member of the Wisconsin Antique Power Reunion Club and the Lakeshore Tractor Club.
He was preceded in death by his father William, his mother Anne, his brother Donald, and his sister Joan Simek. He is survived by his wife Evie, his six children; Donald (Mimi), Gail, Donna, Jon (Lynn), Scott, and Sandy (Tom), his brother Robert (Venita), 11 grandchildren; Justin Rose, Sarah Crose, Brooke Rose, Kristen Navarro, Kyle Matheus, Travis Rose, Kent Rose, Christian Matheus, Gabrielle Zuern, Alex Matheus, and Katherine Matheus, and 13 great grandchildren.
A visitation will be held on Friday, August 19, 2022 at Saint Mary’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1610 Monroe Street in West Bend from 3 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. followed immediately by a 5 p.m. Mass and reception.
The Phillip Funeral Home is serving the family, 262-338-2050 / [email protected]