The procession route has been finalized for the funeral of Wayzata Police Officer William Mathews.
According to the Department of Public Safety, two processions will make their way through Plymouth and Wayzata Thursday, Sept. 14, 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 20-30 minutes later and will include Wayzata law enforcement, Wayzata Fire Department, Long Lake Fire Department, Officer Mathews’ family and Officer Mathews.
The public is invited to attend the visitation 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Wayzata Free Church, 705 County Road 101, in Plymouth. Traffic is expected to be heavy in the area.
The funeral service is 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, 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.
The department briefing said seating at the funeral service and parking in the area will be very limited and that the public is encouraged to pay their respects at either the visitation today or at the procession from the church to the cemetery. The department also said 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 and that some road closures will be in place 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday. Through traffic in the area can use County Road 6 as an alternate route. All truck traffic is asked to use Highway 12 or County Road 6.
The procession route
After the funeral service, the procession will exit the church and head south on County Road 101 to Wayzata Boulevard. It will then make its way west on Wayzata Boulevard to Superior and continue southwest on Superior to Lake Street. The procession will make its way west on Lake Street along the shores of Lake Minnetonka and then turn north on Ferndale back to Wayzata Boulevard, where it will go west to the cemetery. People are encouraged to line up by 12:30-12:45 p.m. for the first procession.
Officer Mathews will arrive at the cemetery in a horse-drawn caisson, and the Minnesota State Patrol will take part in a fly-over of the cemetery. A “last call” will then go out for Officer Mathews.