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Todd D. Matheson, 48

Todd Donald Matheson, age 48, of Howard Lake, was taken way too soon Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at the Buffalo Hospital. He fought a very hard battle against esophageal cancer for a little over nine months.

Todd’s funeral service will take place Sunday, July 14 at 3 p.m. at Heartland Evangelical Free Church, 10252 Highway 55, Annandale.

There will be visitation Saturday, July 13 at Chilson Funeral Home, 200 Fairlawn Ave. W., Winsted from 4 to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. at the church, prior to the service.

There will be a private family burial following the service.

Todd requested that people who have the light blue benefit shirts that say “No one fights alone” wear them if they want to. And if you don’t have one, anything in blue or orange is good, too!

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.

Todd was born June 29, 1971, in Litchfield, to Donald and Lorraine (Hopp) Matheson. He grew up in rural Litchfield, and graduated in 1989 from Litchfield High School.

Todd graduated from Moorhead State College in 1993, and received his master’s degree from St. Scholastica in St. Paul in 2002. His career path led him to quality assurance in the software industry.

Todd married the love of his life, Nikki (Nicole Palmer) March, 15, 2003, in Hutchinson. They were blessed with a beautiful little girl with her daddy’s dimples, Emma Darlene, June 22, 2004; and shortly after that, they were blessed with a handsome little man with his dad’s passion for wrestling, Porter Todd, July 20, 2005.

Todd loved the outdoors; nature, gardening, fishing, camp fires, canoeing, and spending time at the camper with his family. Todd and Nikki loved playing cribbage, always trying to get a game going with anyone willing at any time.

Todd’s passion was truly wrestling. He wrestled in school and in college. He spent many years of his adult life refereeing before starting a family. As a family man, he helped with the high school wrestling program and the youth wrestling program at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Schools until his diagnosis last fall. Wrestling was always on his mind; helping, doing, coaching, cheering, talking, watching – you name it, anything wrestling. His passion and dedication earned him an induction into the Litchfield Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Todd’s family will miss his tender heart, contagious dimpled smile, comforting nature, sense of humor, love for God, his huge hugs (Vit H), and most all, his love for them.

A true fighter in every aspect of his life, in the end, Todd won the ultimate match. He beat cancer right into the arms of God.

Todd is survived by his loving family: wife Nikki and their children, Emma and Porter, of Howard Lake; his parents, Donald and Lorraine Matheson of Litchfield; his siblings: Jacinda Walter, her husband Timothy, and their children Marissa, Patrick and Jordan of Hutchinson; Timothy, his wife Sacia Matheson, and their children Isaiah, Alex and Evan of Darwin; and Kristina Garcia, her husband Ed, and their children, Sierra, Andreas and Ava of Buffalo; mother-in-law Bettie Palmer and her husband, Greg DeWitte of Hutchinson; sister-in-law Natasha, her husband Ernst Freyer, and their children Isabelle and Kyleigh of Apple Valley; as well as other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his uncle, Curtis Hopp; uncle and aunt Richard and Marcene Hopp; grandparents John and Agnes Matheson, and Herman and Myrtle Hopp; and his father-in-law, Barry Palmer.

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