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  Karlstad - Melvin J. Mattson, 84, died on Saturday, February 12, 2005 at Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center in Hallock.
 Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 17, at Evangelical Free Church in Newfolden, with Rev. Gary Barrett officiating. Casket bearers included Neil Wilson, Greg Hestekind, Russ Anderson, Earl Halfaday, at Collins and Glenn Meekma. Honorary casket bearers included Carroll Lindstrom, Warren Jadeke, Willard josaas, Clayton Hjelle, Morris Hansen, Phil Dyrud, Gabe Kasprowicz, Conrad Skyberg, Kermit Magnuson, Lou Burkhardsmeier, Art Matero and staff and residents at Karlstad Nursing Home. Interment will be held at Folden Cemetery.
 Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16 (today), at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, and for one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.
 Melvin J. Mattson was born April 6, 1920, on the family farm, the same farm where his father was born, the son of Math H. and Johanna (Erickson) Mattson. He was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith. He grew up and attended country school. As a young adult, he worked for Collins Construction out of Fargo, N.D. He enjoyed planting evergreens and trees with his dad and brother. Melvin continued planting trees throughout his life. They started the Mattson Tree Planting Service.
 Melvin entered the United States Army during World War II and served on the Island of Trinidad and helped guard the Panama Canal. He served his country for four years and 10 days as a heavy equipment instructor.
 On March 21, 1951, Melvin was united in marriage to Avis Bakke. The couple lived a short time in South Dakota, where Melvin worked in the gold mines, then returned to Thief River Falls and worked road construction. They eventually made their home in Newfolden where they continued to reside. He worked road construction throughout the area and was fortunate to have his family travel with him a lot. He also worked on the missile sites in North Dakota. Melvin and his brother Wally worked in the Newfolden area on many water and sewer projects. He really enjoyed life and work. On January 15, 1998, he entered Karlstad Nursing Home, where he continued to live.
 Melvin was a member of Evangelical Free Church and Middle River American Legion Post. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting and making rugs. He and Avis demonstrated rug weaving at Marshall County Fairs in Warren for many years. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was always a “people person,” and always enjoyed visiting with family and friends and friends he had not yet met.
 Survivors include his wife, Avis of Newfolden; six children, Helen (Richard) Flodstrom of Swift Falls, David Johnson of Thief River Falls, Bev Johnson of Crookston, Marti (Rod) Benson of Benson, Marlin (Sue) Mattson of Newfolden and LaVonne “Vonnie” (Roger) Schmitz of Newfolden; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Violet Tjosaas of Granite Falls; and one brother, Wally Mattson of Middle River.
 He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Evelyn Tjosaas; son-in-law, Randy Johnson; and brothers-in-law, Hans and Walter Tjosaas.
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