ST. PAUL — Funeral arrangements are now finalized for Wayzata Police Officer Bill Mathews, including several opportunities for the public to pay their respects.
The public is invited to attend the visitation today, Sept. 13, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Wayzata Free Church, 705 County Road 101, in Plymouth. Traffic is expected to be heavy in the area so plan extra time if attending the visitation or travelling through the area.
The funeral will be held tomorrow, Sept. 14, 11 a.m. at Wayzata Free Church. Thousands of law enforcement officers from across the state, region and nation are expected to join family and friends for the funeral service.
Seating at the funeral and parking in the area will be very limited due to attending law enforcement officers, family and friends. The public is encouraged to pay their respects at either the visitation today or the procession from the church to the cemetery following the funeral.
Two processions will make their way through Plymouth and Wayzata on the way to Summit Park Cemetery, 482-498 Wayzata Blvd. W. in Wayzata. The first procession will include hundreds of law enforcement and other public safety agencies. The second procession will follow approximately 20 to 30 minutes later. It will include Wayzata law enforcement, Wayzata Fire Department, Long Lake Fire Department, Officer Mathews’ family and Officer Mathews.
The procession will exit the church and head south on 101 to Wayzata Boulevard. It will then make its way west on Wayzata Boulevard to Superior. It will continue southwest on Superior to Lake Street. The procession will make its way west on Lake along the shore of Lake Minnetonka, then go north on Ferndale back to Wayzata Boulevard where it will go west to the cemetery.
Officer Mathews will arrive at the cemetery in a horse-drawn caisson. The Minnesota State Patrol will take part in a fly-over of the cemetery, and then a “last call” will go out for Officer Mathews.
Residents in the area around the church should be aware that parking will not be allowed in a several square block area around the church the day of the funeral. Also some road closures will be in place on Thursday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Through traffic in the area is can use County Road 6 as an alternate route. All truck traffic is asked to use Highway 12 or County Road 6.
101 from 14th Avenue North to 1st Avenue North.
The exit ramp from Highway 12 to westbound County Road 112.
Wayzata Boulevard at Ferndale Road.
Eastbound County Road 112 at Old Long Lake Road.
Map of the Procession Route