James L. Mattson, 86

James Louis Mattson, age 86, of Dassel, passed away Sunday, May 6, 2018.

He was born Dec. 5, 1931, in Dassel, to Lowell and Grace (Simmons) Mattson. Jim grew up in Dassel, and graduated from Dassel High School in 1949.

He continued his education at the Minneapolis School of Business, and later joined the Air Force.

James was united in marriage to Clarice Johnson June 6, 1953, at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel. The couple built a home in Darwin, and later moved to “Peaceful Acres,” north of Dassel, in 1965.

Jim worked for 35 years at 3M as a production supervisor. He was an avid woodworker, and enjoyed hunting on his land.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Patricia Nelson.

Jim is survived by his wife, Clarice; children, Dayna (Jim) Reimers, Brian (Veronica) Mattson, and Trish (Tim) Huhn; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a sister, Marlene Swanson; along with several nieces, nephews, and friends.

A celebration of Jim’s life took place Thursday, May 10, at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Children’s Home Society, 166 4th St E, St Paul, MN 55101; (651) 222-0311.

Arrangements were with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato; www.swansonpeterson.com.

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