Lyall E. Mathison

July 25, 1918 - Feb. 21, 2006

Lyall E. Mathison of Waukesha passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, at AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc, at age 87. Lyall was born July 25, 1918, in Winchester, the son of Melvin and Thea (nee Sauby) Mathison.

Lyall served in the Army Air Corps in Casablanca, Morocco, from 1941 to 1945 and was honorably discharged from military service. He was united in marriage to Caroline Feiling on May 29, 1948; she preceded him in death March 13, 1994. Lyall and Caroline started Mathison Magnesium Inc. (now known as Mathison Metalfab Inc.) in Waukesha in 1959. In 1983, Lyall was honored as the Waukesha Small Business Person of the Year. Lyall retired in 1992 after carefully and successfully transitioning the ownership to the next Mathison generation. He was an active member of St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa for more than 40 years and subsequently became a member of Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in Waukesha. He was active in the Kiwanis Club of Waukesha for 45 years, earning a perfect attendance record of 32 years. Lyall served as both president of the Waukesha Kiwanis and lieutenant governor of Kiwanis District 9. He was Kiwanian of the Year for 2001-02 and a Kiwanis International George B. Hixon Fellow. Lyall was a member of The Carnegians Inc. after graduating from the Dale Carnegie Course and became active at the national level. Lyall for many years was active in the Waukesha Chamber of Commerce. He served as a director of the Volunteer Center of Waukesha, Waukesha State Bank and the LindenGrove Foundation. Lyall was a volunteer fund-raiser for the Fox River Development Foundation and was pleased to see how the Fox River became beautiful again. The Mathison Flag Court resulted from Lyalls personal commitment to the project. Lyall was also a generous donor to many other community projects, including AngelsGrace Hospice.

Lyall was raised on a farm in Winchester, Winnebago County, in a close family of 10 children and a widowed mother. He always remembered his childhood years with fondness. Lyall was the kid in the family who loved caring for and driving the horses. This love of horses and driving receded into the background when Lyall married, had a family and started and managed Mathison Metalfab. However, in the early 1980s, Lyalls wife and daughters were not surprised when he bought a small hobby farm outside of Waukesha and, before too long, acquired a team of Belgian draft horses. This team was seen regularly in the Wauwatosa Fourth of July parade, the Waukesha Christmas parade and numerous others over the years. In the late 1990s, Lyall downsized to a pair of Norwegian Fjord horses and continued to drive in community parades. He was pleased when his daughter, Judy, who also had a lifelong love of horses, expressed an interest in learning to drive the team. Father and daughter spent many Sunday afternoons together enjoying the horses.

Lyall will be deeply missed by his three daughters, Judith (Bill Stauffer) Mathison of Waukesha, Pamela Mathison of Austin, Texas, and Peggy (Michael) Arntz of Waukesha; one brother, Norris (Mildred) Mathison of Winchester; one sister, June (Melvin) Gorges of Appleton; seven grandchildren, Brandon and Daniel, Beth and Laurie, Jeremy, Andrew, and Danielle; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Caroline, his parents, brothers and sisters.

Lyall's family would like to extend their deep appreciation for the care and kindness from his caregivers, Bobby Dominguez, Fred Valentin, Dr. Moeen Khalil, registered nurse Jan Patterson, the staff at ProHealth Care Medical Center South, the staff at Purity Dialysis and the staff at AngelsGrace Hospice. Lyall's family also thanks special friends Bill and Dawn Finger and Bob and Pat Bruno for the love and laughter they brought into Lyalls life.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2016 Center Road, Waukesha. Visitation continues from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the church, with the Rev. Richard Engen officiating. Interment will be in Prairie Home Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Driving Society Fund, P.O. Box 278, Cross Plains, WI 53528; AngelsGrace Hospice, c/o Waukesha Memorial Hospital Foundation Office, 725 American Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188; or to the Fox River Development Foundation, c/o Don Fundingsland, P.O. Box 1392, Waukesha, WI 53187.

For more information, call Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home and Cremation Services at 542-6609 or visit www.waukeshafuneralhome.com for online obituaries, directions or condolences.