Clyde Floyd Matteson
SPRINGFIELD CENTER — Clyde Floyd Matteson passed away on Oct. 16, 2013, at home, surrounded by his loved ones.
Clyde was born in New Berlin on Dec. 13, 1934, to Clyde Floyd and Margaret Elizabeth Matteson. He was the youngest of eight children.
Clyde was a very industrious and hard-working young man, growing up on the family’s dairy farm. When his father took ill in 1953, Clyde took over the responsibilities of working the farm. He would continue building up and improving the family farm for the next 24 years. Clyde then went on to serve the New Berlin community as a rural mail carrier for 30 years.
Clyde had his first blind date with Florence Mae Turnbull to a drive-in movie in August of 1955. The two were married less than a year later on June 22, 1956. Clyde and Florence enjoyed their own very special love story for 57 years. They were each other’s best friend. They worked side-by-side in every adventure life brought their way, and continued to be over the moon for each other.
Clyde and Florence were blessed with three children, Cindy, Jim and Jeanne. Daughter Cindy predeceased him in 1993. He loved his children dearly, and he did anything he could to help and serve them. He also loved and enjoyed visiting with his grandchildren, Kelly, Kari, Krista, Kim, Matt, Josh, Little Jim, Jeremiah and Elijah; and his great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Ella, Koda, Logan, Jennadee, Gabriella, Caden, Liam, Markie and Hannah. Not to be forgotten were two special grand-pups he always enjoyed visits from, Ty and Addie.
Clyde loved the outdoors. An avid sportsman, he hunted deer, turkey, elk, moose, and over the years he also enjoyed fishing. He loved to hunt, whether in his own woods or traveling on numerous hunting/fishing trips to Newfoundland, Colorado and Montana. He especially enjoyed clamming on Long Island. When he wasn’t hunting or fishing, he enjoyed time walking in the woods with Florence, trapping, gathering ginseng, trimming Christmas trees on their tree farm, cutting wood, and gathering sap for the maple syrup business he ran with his wife.