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Bruce Allan Mathison

February 5, 2024 | 12 comments

Bruce Allan Mathison, 71, of Holmen, Wi passed away on January 30, 2024, at his home. He was born in La Crosse on May 10, 1952, to Olaf and Giovanna Mathison. Bruce was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a 1970 graduate of Logan High School. He married Debbie Koelbl on November 13, 1971. He worked as a meat cutter at Vern’s IGA and then as a supervisor at Gateway/Fleming Foods until they closed. He retired from Kwik Trip. Bruce enjoyed gun hunting and bow hunting with his boys and friends. He also enjoyed woodworking and sudoku.

He is survived by his loving wife, Debbie of 52 years, his sons Corey {Kari} and Joshua {Patti}, and his son-in-law, Brad {Jenny} Hanson. Grandchildren Justin, Jadyn, Joclyn, Ryder, Gunnar and Bella Mathison, Tristan and Dawson Hanson, Daewyn, Kyah and Quintyn Hendricks. Brothers Bob and Jim Mathison, sister-in-law Patti {David} Cuddy, brother-in-law Russ Gerken and sister-in-law, Corrine Mathison and special friends Don and Cheryl Brenengen, and many nieces, nephews, and Godchildren.

He was preceded in death by his loving daughter, Sarah Hanson, his parents Olaf and Giovanna, his in-laws Don and Mavis Koelbl, sisters Marlene Gerken, Linda Braun, brother Ole, brother-in-law Terry Braun, sisters-in-law Evie and Kathy Mathison.

A special thank you to Mayo Hospice Care.

Bruce requested no funeral. A private celebration will be at his son’s land in Melrose, Wi. when the weather warms, where he enjoyed walking the trails.



  1. Cheryl Brenengen

    Debbie and entire family,
    The right words are so hard to find in such difficult times. Just know that you are all loved and prayed for. Bruce left an amazing family as his legacy. Now he is with the Lord and our forever beautiful Sarah. Until we meet all our loved ones again, we need to live each day to its fullest! God’s peace be with you all.

  2. Sally Seiter

    I am so sorry to read this. My heart is breaking for you. I know how hard it is to lose someone you love.

  3. Sally Seiter

    I am so sorry to read this. I know how much you will miss him.

    • Lynda Kemp

      Condolensences to the Mathison family.

  4. Michael Loomis

    Sorry for your loss.

  5. Rod and Kathy Oliver

    Debbie, Corey, Josh,
    Our deepest sympathies on Bruce’s passing. You all were the best neighbors on the Prairie. Always enjoyed talking with Bruce. Prayers and love for you all.

  6. Fred Genz

    Deb, Cory and “ Animal” ? so sorry to hear about Bruce. Have good memories of chumming with him at out of town hockey tournaments back in the day. Killing time between games by fletching arrows in the motel, Steph and Bruce dancing like crazy in the bar to the song “ Shout” from the movie Animal House, and last but not least and I just told this story to a new hockey dad at the Omni last week at the high school game. Bruce and I were standing at the glass at the rink in Janesville Wi and a spectator in the stands from Janesville said to us “ we don’t allow standing on the boards at our rink here”, you’ll have to sit down. “ When we didn’t he yelled at us to sit down in the bleachers and Bruce turned around and calmly said”you going to come down here and make me ? “ Ahhh, the good old hockey days with “Northside rules” and French Island add ons no less. PS we didn’t sit down.
    Bruce was a good guy who left too soon. Take care you guys and remember the good times.

  7. Tami Jastrow

    Debbie, Corey, Josh, Brad & families, Paul & I are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers & thoughts are with all of you!

  8. Dick and Amanda Marco

    Debbie and family and friends. Our hearts are heavy for your loss. May you know he is with you in your hearts. Looking down on you and smiling whenever you think of him.

  9. Mike Coady

    God bless Bruce and his entire family. He was a solid man and loved his family very much. Rest assured that someday you’ll all be reunited together in Heaven….and that’s for eternity.

  10. Jane (Halverson) Kruger

    Debbie & Family,
    I am so sorry very sorry about Bruce.
    My heart goes out to all of you.

  11. Pat Tollackson

    Debbie and family, I’m so sorry. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.


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