David Paul Matthews, age 72 of Ellsworth WI, died on Friday, October 11, 2019 at his residence. Dave was born December 1, 1946 in Red Wing MN to parents William Edward and Louise Evelyn (Hoffman) Matthews. He attended schools in Ellsworth, and graduated from Ellsworth High School with the Class of 1964. David was united in marriage to Hope Louise Christiansen on September 24, 1994.
Dave worked for over 40 years as a rural letter carrier with the Ellsworth Post Office. He also served his community as a local member of the Civil Defense. Outside of work, Dave found joy in fishing, hunting with his daughter, and exercising his Second Amendment rights. He also enjoyed WWII history, reading Western novels, playing cards, and going to the movies.
Dave is survived by his wife, Hope Matthews; his daughter, Desiray Matthews; his son, Leon (Samanthea) Matthews; his grandchildren, Gage, Ayden, and Savanna; his sister, Marion (Louie) Nadeau; and best friends the Thom’s, Randy (Gretchen), Gary (Mary), and Rollie; as well as many other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant brother, Paul.
To celebrate the life of David Matthews, a Gathering of Family and Friends will be held from 2:00-6:00pm on Sunday, October 20th at the Red Barn Bar and Grill, W4890 State Road 29 in Spring Valley WI, with a time for Memories and Sharing starting at 4:00pm. Burial of David’s urn will take place at 3:00pm on Wednesday, October 16th at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Ellsworth WI. Services were entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of Ellsworth WI. 715-273-4421