In loving memory of

Gary Matzke
May 6, 1946 - June 26, 2020

Gary Matzke, 74, of Altura died Friday, June 26, 2020 at Lake Winona Manor in Winona. He was born May 7, 1946 in Winona to Elmer H. and Lucille (Nuszloch) Matzke. Gary was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Norton Township. He attended Altura School and graduated from Lewiston High School. Gary and Linda Simon were married August 17, 1968 and later divorced.
After high school Gary worked for Brad Ragan Tire in Winona and later moved to Hope, MN and worked for Owatonna Tool Company. He also worked for Hubbard of Altura and drove school bus for Plainview-Elgin-Millville and for Dover-Eyota Schools.
Survivors include two brothers, Gene (Mary Lou) Matzke of Rochester and Dave (Sandi) Matzke of Winona, eight nieces and nephews and several grand nieces and nephews. Gary was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Donald.
Funeral services for Gary will be 2 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2020 at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in St. Charles, with the Reverend Michael Lindemann of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Lewiston officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Trinity Ev. Lutheran Cemetery in Norton Township.
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Trish Hanson wrote on Jun 30, 2020:

"So sorry for your loss! It was a joy taking care of him while at Good Shepherd. He always kept things interesting. He loved his family and the support he got from all. Prayers to you all!!"

Lori Paulson wrote on Jun 29, 2020:

"I wish I could tell Gary \"hello\" one more time! He was a nice guy and would always make me laugh. He appreciated the help that he received from his family. Gary really trusted their guidance and advice."

Amber Eide wrote on Jun 28, 2020:

"I enjoyed taking care of Gary when he was in Rushford. He brought several smiles to my face every day! Sorry for your loss! "

Diane Wells wrote on Jun 28, 2020:

"Mr. Gary was a classmate and neighbor..shared the same day of birth. He always had a smile and a greeting: \"hello, classmate.\" Condolences for your loss, Diane Wells (Altura)"

Tim Simmons wrote on Jun 28, 2020:

"I met Gary as I was introduced to the Matzke Family by marriage to Missy the youngest of his brother Gene\'s family, many years ago. An easy to talk to man, with great stories and shared memories of the family and my new wife Missy. I felt comfortable and always enjoyed seeing him at family gatherings. May Peace be with the Matzke family in this time of remembrance Tim -Missy and Trevor Simmons"