Obit: Mattes, Philip O. #2 (1941 - 2015)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Mattes, Kuester, Wuethrich, Schleicher, Winger, Price, Flashinski, Price, Stump, Stensgard, Benzschawel, Bauer, Kinkaid, Bittner

----Source: Thorp Courier (Thorp, Clark Co., WI) 1/14/2015

Mattes, Philip Orlin (7 November 1941 - 8 January 2015)

Philip O. ‘Fibber’ Mattes, age 73, of Thorp, WI, passed away at Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Stanley, WI, on Thursday, January 8, 2015. A visitation will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Thorp, WI, on Saturday January 17, 2015, from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. A memorial service will follow with Rev. Paul Bittner officiating. A burial will take place in Sylvan Cemetery, in the Township of Reseburg at a later date. WEAR YOUR COWBOY BOOTS.

Philip Orlin Mattes was born on November 7, 1941, in the Town of Reseburg, rural Thorp, to Philip C. and Elmira M. (Kuester) Mattes. Philip graduated from Thorp High School in 1960 and then attended UW-Whitewater. He was united in marriage to Diane J. Wuethrich on August 6, 1966, in Greenwood. Fibber farmed in the Town of Reseburg, and later bought Mattes Livestock.

Fibber enjoyed going to cattle auctions, playing cards, the beaches of Mexico, and telling stories about his business ventures. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the Wisconsin Livestock Dealer’s Association. Fibber was an organ donor, allowing more people in need to live.

He is survived by: his wife, Diane, of Thorp; his daughter, Laura (Thomas) Schleicher of Oconomowoc, WI; a sister Jean (Dr. Daniel) Winger of Surprise, AZ; niece, Michele (Richard) Price of Stanley, WI and their children: Victoria (Jeff) Flashinski and their son, Bradley of Thorp, WI, Alexandra Price of Eagan, MN, Nathan Price and his daughter, Azylia, of Stanley, WI; Nephew: Paul Winger of Chippewa Falls, WI. His family also included: Dallas (Lois) Wuethrich and their children: Tayt (Jennifer) Wuethrich and Trevor (Tonia) Wuethrich, all of Greenwood, WI; Dawn (Keith) Stump of Maricopa, AZ, and their children: Jay (Lona) Stump of Greenwood, Wi, Jill Stump of DePere, WI, and Janet (Daniel) Stensgard of Maricopa, AZ.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Philip Jon Frederick Mattes; two brothers: Donald and Marlyn Mattes; and his favorite beagle, Bentley.

We would like to thank Dr. Kinkaid of the Mayo Clinic; his faithful right-hand men: Pat Benzschawel, Zack Bauer, and Pat Bauer; and the Thorp EMT’s for their heroic response.

Memorials may be directed to the Philip Mattes Memorial Fund.

Online condolences may be expressed at Thorp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.



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