James "Jim" Mattison, age 85, of Crofton, Nebraska, died Monday, August 21, 2017, at Avera Sr. James Care Center in Yankton.
A memorial service will be 11:00 AM on Friday, August 25, 2017, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton, South Dakota, with Reverend David Wildermuth, Reverend Kwen Sanderson and Pastor Gretchen Ritola officiating. A gathering of friends and family will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 24, 2017, at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Emerson, Nebraska, with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Military honors will be provided by the Crofton American Legion Post 128 and Patriot Guard Riders. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.
James Edward Mattison was born May 4, 1932, in Ponca, Nebraska, to Fay and Irene (Rahn) Mattison. His family moved to Emerson when he was a young boy and he graduated from Emerson High School in 1950. After high school, he enlisted into the United States Air Force and was stationed at Travis Air Force Base in California, where he worked on aircrafts during the Korean War. After his discharge he lived in Denver, Colorado for a few years, until he moved back to Emerson where he began his career with John Deere. He worked with his dad at Mattison Implement. He married Bonnie Paulsen on June 20, 1965 in Bancroft, Nebraska. In 1975, Jim began working at D.C. Implement in Jackson, Nebraska and continued until 1984 when he began working at the John Deere Store in Pender, Nebraska. Jim retired in 2007 and moved to Crofton, Nebraska near Lewis and Clark Lake.
Jim was involved in many organizations over the years. He was very involved with the Abu Bekr Temple in Sioux City participating in the Cornhusker Shrine Club and Hospital Dads and then later in the Lewis and Clark Shrine Club in Yankton. He loved being a Hospital Dad, driving children to Shriner's Hospital and also sponsored many children at the hospital. He was a member of the Magnolia Lodge 220 in Emerson for over 60 years, a member of the Emerson Fire Department for over 40 years, and a member of the American Legion for 58 years. He was also very active in St. Luke Lutheran Church, serving on the church council and later became a member at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton.
Jim was a very giving and friendly man, who would do anything for anyone even becoming a foster parent for several children and sponsored 2 children in Tanzania through Compassion International. 3 ½ years ago, Jim was diagnosed with a rare heart condition. He agreed to be a part of a blind drug study, knowing it might not save him but what they learn might be able to save others.
He enjoyed woodworking, playing dominoes, and being outside working in his yard. He loved his family more than anything and loved spending time with them at their cabin in Walker Valley, boating and water skiing. He taught his own kids and many other kids to water ski. He loved being with his grandchildren and great grandchildren and traveling with his wife, Bonnie. They traveled all over the world together and spent many winters in Texas. They loved dancing and were known as the dancing couple since they would dance everywhere.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Mattison of Crofton; four children: Mike (Raejean) Mattison of South Sioux City, Nebraska; Angie (Bill) Shanks of Emerson, Nebraska; Brian (Tracy) Ellinger of Homer, Nebraska; and Dan (Gena) Mattison of Wayne, Nebraska; 11 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; sister, Maxine (Jim) Sherlock of Emerson and sister-in-law, Pam (Roger) Wieseler of Crofton.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Donald Mattison.
In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to St. Dysmas of South Dakota c/o East Side Lutheran 1300 E. 10th St. Sioux Falls, SD 57103 or to Trinity Lutheran Church 403 Broadway St. Yankton, SD 57078.
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We are so sorry about the loss of Uncle Jim. Our prayers are with your families.
Love Valerie Johnson McMullen
Remembering you and your family at this time and wishing you comfort and strength.
Pac N Save
Sympathies to your family, Jim was so helpful at the Boy Scout events we ever had and was so nice to all he met. Thoughts and prayers to you all.
Mark & Stacey Oerman & boys
My sympathy to the family on the loss of your loved one. May you find comfort in the words and expressions of caring, from relatives and friends as you look forward to the time God promised at Isaiah 25:8; that he 'will swallow up death forever' and death will be no more.I hope this gives the family a measure of hope and comfort.
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