Glenn Matteson

Former Astoria resident, 78Glenn Matteson, 78, of Forest Grove, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004 in Forest Grove.

Mr. Matteson was born Sept. 14, 1926 in Chehalis, Wash., the youngest of six children of Addison and Ruth Olney Matteson. He married Marjorie Cameron. They were later divorced.

When Mr. Matteson was 2 years old, he moved to the Astoria area with his family. He graduated from Astoria High School in 1945 and later attended Clatsop Community College for a year and spent a year studying at Portland State University.

In November 1944, shortly after his 18th birthday, Mr. Matteson joined the Merchant Marine and served until 1946, when he was honorably discharged. In 1948, he was drafted by the U.S. Army. He was discharged in 1949, then recalled in 1950, serving until 1951.

After their marriage, the Mattesons made their home in Salem and later in Seaside. Mr. Matteson had a varied career. He built and operated a grocery store in Hammond and Bimbo's Drive-in in Gearhart and later delivered mail. Trained as a butcher, he also worked as a meat inspector for the state and raised pigs. And for many years, he was a real estate agent for the James Spivak Company in both Seaside and Portland, retiring in 2001. Mr. Matteson lived in Portland until 2003, then moved to the Jennings-McCall Assisted Living Center in Forest Grove.

In 1954, Mr. Matteson used his veterans' benefits to earn a private pilot's license and for many years enjoyed flying, family members said. He liked to travel, and in the mid-1960s, he made an extended trip to Australia and New Zealand. His hobbies included reading, particularly nonfiction, and working crossword puzzles. He enjoyed spending time with his family and was fond of the many dogs he owned over his lifetime. He was a member of Gateway Masonic Lodge No. 175 in Warrenton for more than 40 years. He was also a member of the Eckist Center in Portland.

Mr. Matteson is survived by two brothers, Donald Matteson of Portland and Willard Matteson of Sutherlin; a brother-in-law, John Carden of Forest Grove; four stepchildren, William Krieger of Warrenton, Wendy Harrington of Scappoose, Jody Krieger of Astoria and Holly Damico of Portland; eight grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Two brothers, Danforth and Duane Matteson, and a sister, Shirley Carden, died earlier.

A memorial service with Lodge Rites is 1 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Masonic Temple in Warrenton. Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home in Forest Grove is in charge of arrangements.

Interment was private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Masonic and Eastern Star Home Endowment Fund, 2221 Oak St., Forest Grove, OR 97116.


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