Ross Litfin, 80, Green Valley, Arizona


Ross George “Butch” Litfin, age 80, of Green Valley, Arizona, passed away on Tuesday, May 17.
Butch Litfin was born to Laura (Weihe) and Ray Litfin in Arlington on Jan. 16, 1942.
Butch enjoyed his family, coffee with the guys, current events, construction equipment, reading the Minnesota newspapers, history, milkshakes and other treats, and a good Brandy 7. He graduated from the Arlington-Green Isle High School and started a career in road construction, buying and running the family business, and was a proud member of the Operating Engineers Local #49. Butch had great memories of his years serving on the Arlington Fire Department. He spent most of his life in Arlington, and then he and Mary moved to Dassel for several years, where they lived in their dream home on a lake. In 2005, he and Mary retired to Green Valley, Arizona, and spent the last years of their lives meeting new friends and enjoying Arizona, until the last few years when health concerns and the pandemic kept them close to home.
 He is survived by his daughters, Kim (Steve) Luepke of Waconia, Jodi (Mark Dooling) of Aurora, Colorado, and Jill (Ken) Elkin of Fishers, Indiana; grandchildren, Lindsey (Chris) Neisen, Cassidy Stumm, Nolan Elkin, Austin Elkin, and Brayden Elkin; and great-grandchildren, Brody, Cohen, and Avery Neisen. Butch is also survived by his brother, Dennis Litfin of Akeley, and his sister Joyce Boydstun of Green Valley, Arizona.
Butch was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Mary.
The family will hold a private memorial service in Arizona on Saturday, Aug. 13 if people are interested in attending, please reach out to one of the girls for details.
Remembrances are preferred to Friends in Deed of Green Valley, a wonderful nonprofit that, among other things, loans medical equipment to seniors which benefited both of our parents in the last year (Friends in Deed ( or to another nonprofit of your choice.



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Paul D. Mathwig, age 58, of Arlington, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 30. Funeral services were held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Green Isle at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5. Visitation was held at the Kolden Funeral Home in Arlington from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4. Visitation continued from noon until the service time at the church on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Interment was in the church cemetery. Paul Douglas Mathwig was born to Ernest and Dorothy (Hoppe) Mathwig in Gaylord on Aug. 2, 1963. He attended and graduated from the Arlington-Green Isle High School on May 27, 1981. He furthered his education by attending Hutchinson Technical College and graduated in the area of Metrology. Paul worked on the family farm until his parents’ retirement. His field service job brought him various employments including Schwan’s, Worldwide, Elkay Manufacturing and Goebel. Paul married Susan Oelfke  at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg on Feb. 13, 1982. Paul was one of the first Figure 8 racers at the Arlington Raceway. He was a Boy Scout leader, FFA member, and always encouraged his children to be successful and was involved in their passions. Paul enjoyed cooking, hunting, canning, fishing, trapping, gardening and playing Sheephead. He was always up to a good pork burger at Porky’s during the Sibley County Fair. He enjoyed squirt gun fights with the grandchildren and all things family. Paul is survived by his wife, Susan Mathwig; children, Amanda (Lance) Westphal, Daniel Mathwig, Matthew Mathwig, Jenna (David) Mathews, Caitlyn Mathwig and Joe McClellan; grandchildren, Isabel Tigre, Jocelyn Tigre, Kristen Tigre, Leah Westphal, Hailey Mathwig, Blake Mathews, Bryce Mathews, Savannah Mathews, Riley McClellan and Spencer McClellan; sister, Bonnie (Rich) Tuchtenhagen; brothers, Warren Mathwig, Ellerd (Barb) Mathwig, Bruce (Lorinda) Mathwig, John (Althea) Mathwig, Mark (Barb) Mathwig, Eric (Bev) Mathwig and Ross (Kris) Mathwig; uncle, Chester Mathwig; aunt, Gladys Mathwig; mother-in-law, Vera Oelfke; brother-in-law, Bradley (Kathy) Oelfke; aunt and uncle, Marlys  and Gerry Thomes; Godchildren, Teresa Evenson, Krysta Oelfke and Ethan Pomplun; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Paul is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Dorothy Mathwig; and father-in-law, Ronald Oelfke.


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