Oliver (Bunty) Mathison died Sunday October 2, 2016 of complications from COPD.
Bunty was born May 27, 1923, to Ole and Minnie Mathison on the family farm south of Hickson, ND. He was baptized in the Hemness Lutheran Church in rural Christine, ND and confirmed in the Christine Lutheran Church. Bunty was a member of Hickson Lutheran Church. He was drafted into the army in 1949 and served 8 months.
At a young age, Bunty worked for neighboring farmers and started farming in 1951 with his dad and brothers retiring in 1983. In the winter months he logged and sawed lumber at Danny Roen’s saw mill in rural Comstock, MN. Bunty played fast pitch softball as a pitcher and short stop for 18 years. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Bunty married Alice Livdahl on November 14, 1953 in Moorhead, MN. They lived and farmed near Hickson, ND until moving to Fargo in 1985.
Bunty is survived by his wife Alice; son Gary; and two daughters: Nancy, Fargo, ND and Jan (David) Rolfson Watford City, ND, four grandchildren: Jessie Rolfson, Nathan Rolfson, Matthew (Kim) Rolfson Watford City, ND, and Bethany Rolfson Libby, MT; and 3 great grandchildren: Mary, Nora and Leah. Two brothers: Ralph, Fargo, ND, Arthur, Jamestown, ND; and one sister Marlys Mertz, Moorhead, MN; two sisters-in-law: Lois Mathison and Mary Mathison; and many nieces and nephews. Bunty was preceded in death by his brothers: Joseph (Lucille), Maynard, Howard and Allen and sister, Inez Boseley.
Visitation will be 5-7pm Thursday at Hickson Lutheran Church, Hickson, ND. The funeral service will be at 1:00 pm Friday at Hickson Lutheran Church with visitation one hour before.