James Mattson

james mattson
James A. Mattson died November 12, 2017, age 77, at the Fargo VA Medical Center due to complications of pancreatic cancer. James was born September 5, 1940 to Herbert A. Mattson and Beda M. (Henrickson) Mattson in Warren, MN. His family moved to Milwaukee, WI in his early years. Following the death of his mother in 1947, he lived with his sister and brother-in-law in Flin Flon, Manitoba. He joined the US Navy in 1959, serving as an airman on the USS Midway. He returned to the FM area, working for the City of Fargo and retiring in 1999. In 1971 he married Sherri Rutledge and they raised their daughter, Vanessa. Following their divorce, they remained good friends. He is survived by his daughter, Vanessa Mattson, Douglas Sornsin, who was very much a son to him, and ex-wife and best friend, Sherri Sornsin—all of Fargo, as well as good friend and cousin, Betty Graff, of Moorhead. He was Uncle James to many nieces and nephews across the country who he loved very much. His family is grateful to the nursing and medical staff at the VA Medical Center where he received excellent care. A celebration of his life will be held Monday, November 20, 2017 at Boulger Funeral Home with visitation from 5:00 – 7:00 PM and memorial service at 7:00 PM with military honors.


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  1. You suffered too long. God bless you & rest in peace Uncle James. You were a super Uncle to me & my girls. You will really be missed. Say hi to Dad!

  2. Vanessa and Sherri I am so sorry for your loss. It was fun to reconnect after all these years. I will miss our visits at the Shack. Jim give my Uncle Tom a hug for me. Rest in Peace.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. May the words of our loving heavenly Father bring your family comfort and strength during this most difficult time as He promises to bring our loved ones back to life in a perfect world where there will be no more suffering or death (John 5:28-29 & Revelation 21:4).

  4. Jim was a great guy — I remember him for always having our backs. He was always looking out for us and not ruining our fun. Good memories.

  5. We had a lot of fun over the years,Jim. You will be missed. Rest in peace my friend. To the family,I greive with you.

  6. Jim was a steady customer to our daughter’s restaurant and I enjoyed many lunch conversations with him over the years. Jim and I were cut from the same cloth and we shared many humorous military tales and other escapades. He was a true gentleman and a great guy I will miss. Rest in peace good guy!

  7. Rest in Peace old friend. Thanks for all the times out for coffee and for all those fun days while I was working at the Library..Your visits were always the high light of the work week…

  8. Sherri, Vanessa and Doug: May God wrap His loving arms around you and your family at this difficult time. Let fond memories of that handsome Swede fill the void he left on earth. Peace and Love,

  9. Uncle James: You know you were always more than an uncle. Classmate, best man at our wedding, fellow traveler. I still tell many about being a “roadie” in the cities in the summer of ’61. Those are days I will never forget. May you rest in peace. Your nephew, Lowell.

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