July 2, 2019

Todd Donald Matheson, 48, was taken from us way too soon July 2, at Buffalo Hospital in Buffalo. He fought a very hard battle of Esophageal cancer for a little over nine months. Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at Heartland Evangelical Free Church, 10252 Highway 55, Annandale. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Chilson Funeral Home, 200 Fairlawn Ave W., Winsted, and will continue one hour prior to service at Heartland Evangelical Free Church. Private family burial following the service.

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. He graduated from college in 1993 at Moorhead State and received his masters from St. Scholastica in St. Paul in 2002. His career path led him to quality assurance in the software industry.

He 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. 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 up 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.

His 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.

Todd was a true fighter in every aspect of his life and in the end he 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 and her husband Timothy and their children, Marissa, Patrick and Jordan of Hutchinson, Timothy and Sacia Matheson and their children, Isaiah, Alex and Evan of Darwin, Kristina Garcia and 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 and her husband Ernst Freyer and their children, Isabelle and Kyleigh of Apple Valley; and 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.

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.

Arrangements by Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. Online condolences may be made to chilsonfuneralhome.com

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