Richard E. Mattson, 70

Richard “Dick” Edward Mattson, age 70, of Hutchinson, passed away Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, at Dassel Lakeside Nursing Home.

He was born Jan. 23, 1946, in Hutchinson, the son of Lyle and Betty Mattson. Dick was baptized as an infant at Vineyard United Methodist, and had been attending Riverside Church (formerly Riverside Assembly of God) since 1950.

He attended school in Dassel, and was a graduate of the Dassel High School class of 1963. Dick furthered his education at North Central Bible College in Minneapolis.

Dick married the love of his life, Sandra “Sandee” Olson June 28, 1969, at Hutchinson Assembly of God. Their marriage was blessed with three daughters, Lynn, Bethani, and Jodele.

Dick and Sandee were an amazing example of a godly, Christ-centered marriage. They lived by the principle of serving God, then family, then others. As his pastor, Dr. Lee Allison, pointed out, “they left a mark on many souls.”

Dick held employment at Honeywell Inc .in Golden Valley, and Super Valu Company in Hopkins, as a warehouseman. He retired in summer 2002.

An honorable, compassionate, loving, faithful, man of integrity, Dick was generous, merciful, and so much more. He extended respect and unconditional love to all those he met.

Dick used his God-given gifts, talents, and passion to serve in the Royal Ranger and Frontiersman Camping Fellowship ministries at Riverside for over 30 years. His impact extends from generation to generation.

Dick enjoyed hunting, and loved watching NASCAR. He was an exceptional craftsman and woodworker.

What Dick took most pride in and found the most joy in was spending time with his children and grandchildren. He often traveled to their homes for birthdays and special occasions.

Dick is survived by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Merle and Lorraine Olson; children: Lynn Mattson of San Jose, CA; Bethani (Rittgers) and her husband, Timothy of Broken Arrow, OK; and Jodele (Patchett) and her husband, Matthew of Toledo, OH; and grandchildren Brianna, Jordan and Zachary Rittgers; and Isabella, Ethan and Avery Patchett.

He is further survived by four sisters, Victoria (Marvin) Stuber, Colleen (Steve) Menze, all of Hutchinson, Mary Griep of Darwin, and De (Roy) Guerrero of Dassel; a brother, Duane (Elba) Mattson of Hutchinson; sisters-in-law Shari (Sheldon) Crouse; Judy Olson; and Shelly (Kent) Scott; brother-in-law Phil (Linda) Olson; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.

Dick was preceded in death by his loving wife, Sandee; his parents, Lyle and Betty Mattson; and brothers-in-law, Larry Griep, Michael Mortensen, and Chuck Sullivan.

Funeral services took place Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at Riverside Assembly of God Church in Hutchinson, with interment in Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson. Dr. Lee Allison officiated at the services, and the musicians were Jesse and Jaselyn Utecht. Congregational hymns were “10,000 Reasons,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “How Great Thou Art,” and How Great Is Our God.”

Casket bearers were Dan Stuber, David Stuber, Cory Sullivan, Tony Mortensen, Ryan Crouse, Duane Mattson Jr., Joshua Mattson, and Matthew Scott.

Honorary bearers were Jordan Rittgers, Zachary Rittgers, Ethan Patchett, Tyler Scott, Steven Riebe, Nic Olson, and Colin Foley.

Arrangements were with the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.

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