Mr. Henry Matic, of Adell, formerly of Milwaukee, passed away early Thursday morning, July 3, 2014, at Rocky Knoll Care Facility following a courageous battle with prostate cancer. He was 67 years old.

Henry was born in Windischgarsten, Austria on Jan. 22, 1947, son of Milrod and Ida Steiner Matic. The family immigrated to the United States when Henry was a young child, and settled in Duluth, Minn. They later moved to Milwaukee.

Henry graduated from Milwaukee Boys Technical School, then started work with the Wisconsin Electric Co.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, and returned to work with Wisconsin Electric as a power plant designer.

On Dec. 27, 1975, Henry was united in marriage with Patricia Utecht Mitsch in Oak Creek. They soon moved to Adell and raised their family.

Hank retired from WE-Energies in 2009, having worked at the Milwaukee, Port Washington, Oak Creek, Germantown and Valley power plants over his 40-year tenure.

Mr. Matic was a member for the American Legion - National Post, and enjoyed playing cards and tending his extensive gardens. In his younger days he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Most recently he enjoyed spending time with his fellow retirees at monthly breakfast gatherings.

Henry is survived by his loving wife, Patt, and their four children: Debra (Carl) Raticke of Waterford, Todd (Rita) Mitsch of Lake Geneva, Tim Mitsch of Tuscon, Ariz., and Heidi (Bill) Sitzberger of Waldo; and five grandchildren: Heidi, Melissa, Christopher, Branden and Megan. He is also survived by his eight favorite people in the world, his great-grandchildren: Mason, Skylar, Amaya, Carnell, Everett, Ryan, Rainah and Leif. Further survivors include his three brothers: Karl Matic, Ludwig “Buck” (Allie) Matic and Mike (Anna) Matic, all of Milwaukee; brother- and sisterin law, Pete and Sue Utecht of Holy Hill; nieces, nephews, many remaining relatives in Austria, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Timothy Mitsch.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, July 13, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Waldo. The Rev. Linda Westphal-Buth presided. Military honors followed.

The Eernisse Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.

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