Mathew John Willkomm 1928 - 2013 Perry
Mathew John Willkomm, 84, of Perry, KS., died August 5, 2013 at the Pioneer Ridge Care facility in Lawrence. He was born October 18, 1928, in Paris Township, WI, the son of Nicholas Peter and Josephine Magdalena Neu Willkomm. Matt served in the US Navy during WWII (1943-1946). He worked for W.D. Shereman at the Shereman’s Garage in Perry and retired from the USD 343 Bus Barn as the head mechanic. He was a member of the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church. Matt served as mayor of Perry from 1989 to 2005. He married E. Maxine Thompson in California. She preceded him in death on April 7, 2005. Survivors include two daughters, Ruth Ellis and her husband Gary, Darlene Annis and her husband Richard “Dick”, all of Perry, two brothers, George and Maureen Willkomm, Kenosha, WI., Nicholas and Mary Lou Willkomm, Union Grove, WI., Sr. Generose Willkomm, OSF, St Francis, WI., three sister-in-laws, Edna Willkomm, Kenosha, WI., Ethel Willkomm, Racine, WI and Joan Willkomm, Salem, WI., 9 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by 4 sisters and 8 brothers.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10:00 AM Saturday, August 10, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Perry. Visitation will be Friday night at the Funeral Home from 6:00PM to 8:00PM, with rosary at 7:30. Burial will be at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Perry. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church and sent in care of the Barnett Family Funeral Home, PO Box 602, Oskaloosa, KS 66066. Online condolences may be made at www.barnettfamilyfh.com
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