Joe Matvick, age 71 of Milaca, Minnesota, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in St. Cloud Hospital.
Visitation for Joe Matvick will be Tuesday, March 17, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Brennyville.
Mass of Christian Burial for Joseph Walter Matvick Jr. will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Brennyville, with Rev. Matthew Langager officiating.
Burial will full Military Honors will take place in the Parish Cemetery.
Joseph Walter Matvick Jr. was born November 20, 1948, in St. Cloud, MN, to Joseph and Eleanor (Dullinger) Matvick. He was raised on the family farm and graduated from Foley High School (’67) before enlisting in the U.S. Army. He proudly served his country in Vietnam and was decorated for valor in combat.
Following the death of his father in 1976, Joe took over the family farm in Ramey, MN. With his booming voice, Joe made the move from farming to radio. After attending Brown Institute, he landed a job as the news director at KMRS in Morris, MN, and finally moved into radio sales at WQPM in Princeton, MN. Joe was a big part of the community and loved engaging with people through the Knights of Columbus, chamber of commerce, and abundant emceeing opportunities. He anticipated spring all winter, with the exception of Christmas Eve, and loved fishing, hunting, gardening canning, playing softball, and watching anything sports or John Wayne related.
Joe retired after 35 years in radio enjoyed road trips and lots of time on the lake with his wife, Eileen. After being diagnosed with Dementia, Joe’s home eventually became the VA in St. Cloud, MN, where his grandchildren enjoyed bringing him his favorite rice krispie treats. To his family, Joe was always larger than life and he will be loved and missed.
Joe is survived by his wife: Eileen Matvick; mother: Eleanor Kroll; sons: Clay (Lindsay) Matvick and Clint (Elizabeth) Matvick; grandchildren: Grace, Jack, Katie, and Lucy Matvick.
He was preceded in death by his father: Joseph Matvick Sr.; and daughter: Ivy Matvick.
Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.