Edward Mattson, age 93, of Buffalo, formerly of Annandale, died Monday, Aug. 15, 2011 at Annandale Care Center.
He was born June 6, 1918, in Cokato, to John E. and Elizabeth Mattson.
Ed grew up near Mud Lake, and attended Myrbach School in rural Cokato. During this time, he also attended Albion Evangelical Free Church.
Edward was joined in marriage with Fern Carlen Dec. 29, 1945, at North Crow River Lutheran Church, in Knapp. They were blessed with three children, and made their home on a farm south of Annandale near West Albion for 40 years.
Ed was a dairy farmer and later worked at Richwell Furniture in Cokato. During this time, he attended Annandale Evangelical Free Church.
In retirement, Ed and Fern enjoyed several winters at Bibleville in Alamo, TX.
In 1995, they moved to Buffalo and attended Buffalo Covenant Church. Ed and Fern were both active in the XYZ seniors group at the Covenant church.
Ed is survived by his children, Connie (Fred) Soch of Waubun, MN, DuWayne (Jeanne) Mattson of South Haven, and Annette Mattson (Jeff Reardon) of Portland, OR; grandchildren Jennifer (Randy) Bartos of Waubun, Jason (Beth) Soch of Swarthmore, PA, Mathew (Camille) Mattson of Rogers, Mitchel Mattson (Jessica Holman) of Washington, DC, Alyson Kraus (Max Brugger) and Amanda Kraus, all of Korvallis, OR; great-grandchildren Melissa Bartos (Joe Zima), Molly Bartos, Mason Bartos, Zofia Soch, Hayden Soch, and Maxwell Mattson; and great-great-grandchild, Presley Zima.
He is further survived by a sister, Frances Madsen; brothers Chester and Robert Mattson; and nieces and nephews.
Ed was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Fern; his parents; and three siblings: Mabel Bowie, Ernest Mattson, and Raymond Mattson.
The funeral service took place Sunday, Aug. 28 at Albion Evangelical Free Church, rural Cokato, with visitation for two hours prior to the service at the church. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.