Robert "Bob" G. Mathiesen - 85
4/26/1930 - 5/15/2015
Robert (Bob) Glenn Mathiesen, age 85 of Clinton, passed away on Friday May 15, 2015 at Mercy Living Center North in Clinton, Iowa. Funeral services will be held 7:00 PM Monday May 18th at the Pape Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Monday 3 – 7 PM at the funeral home. Gravesides services will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday at Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Casket bearers will be members of the Clinton Fire Department. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com.
Bob was born April 26, 1930 in Clinton, Iowa, the son of Alfred and Mabel Mathiesen. After graduating from Lyons High School he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He proudly served in the Korean War as a Flight Engineer at the rank of Staff Sergeant. He married Verla Carstensen on July 7, 1951; celebrating 49 years together. During those 49 years they took many family vacations to Minnesota and also traveled to Hawaii & Denmark together. They also enjoyed monthly steak fries with good friends.
Bob was a member of the Clinton Fire Department for 35 years and retired as Assistant Chief & was also skilled as a mechanic and electrician. He was a member of the V.F.W., served as Post Commander for 4 years and was appointed Aide de Camp from 1995 to 1996. He was the Commissioner of Little League baseball for 2 years and managed his son’s teams for 7 years. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Cubs.
Later in life, Bob was a resident of Bickford Cottage in Clinton where he gardened in the court yard planting flowers and vegetables and also built bird houses. He attended the Korean Honor flight to Washington D.C. in 2012.
Mourning his death are his sons, David Mathiesen (Peggy) of Loveland, Colorado, Terry Mathiesen (Lisa) of Swisher, Iowa, James Mathiesen (Mari) of Clinton, Iowa, eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Verla in 2000, and a sister, Doris in 2014.
Visitation will be held Monday 3 – 7 PM at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be held 7:00 PM Monday May 18th at the Pape Funeral Home. Gravesides services will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday at Clinton Lawn Cemetery.View Robert "Bob" G. Mathiesen's Guestbook