Obituaries July 4, 2014
A funeral service was held on July 3 at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, with the Rev. Lee Herberg officiating. Burial was at St. John’s Cemetery, south of Mandan.
August was born Sept. 3, 1940, to Elmer C. and Agnes (Pesek) Mattson. Born and raised in Mandan, Sonny farmed with his parents and brother, Chuck, all of his life until retiring in 2004, when he started his favorite hobby of gardening and supplying friends and family with the fruits of his labor. Sonny was an active member of the ZCBJ Lodge 147 (the Bohemian Hall). Sonny would always be willing to lend a helping hand, no matter what it was, and always greeted you with a smile and a “Howdy.” His hobbies were fishing, playing cards, especially smear, gardening and going to auction sales.
Sonny is survived by his brothers, Chuck Mattson and Elmer (Sue) Mattson; sister, Marie (Tom) Weinberger, all of Mandan; three nephews, Tom Weinberger Jr., Jacob Weinberger, (special friend, Lynn), and Randy (Melissa) Mattson, all of Mandan; one niece, Stephanie (Travis) Schmidt, Solen; a special great nephew, Logan T. Schmidt, Solen; and great nieces and nephew, Nicole, Bradley, and Veronica Mattson, Mandan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; and sister, Betty.
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George was born to Michael and Mathilda Haider in St. Anthony, on Aug. 10, 1925, the eldest of three children. The family moved to Mandan, where George attended school, graduating high school in three and a half years with honors, so he could serve his country during WWII.
George served in the Philippines and his platoon was just getting ready to board a ship for the invasion of Japan when the atomic bomb was dropped. He then served the remainder of his tour as part of the occupation force and was honorably discharged in April 1946.
Returning to Mandan, George became the assistant manager at J.C. Penney Co., and it was during this time that he met and married the love of his life, Marjorie Kautzman, on July 7, 1947. On July 29, 1948, their first son Daryl was born and George became a doting, proud father. In 1953, George was transferred to Dickenson, to help open and manage a new J.C. Penney store. It was here, on Dec. 7 of that year, their second son Dale was born. In the fall of 1954, George moved his family to Billings, where he found work at Snappy Foods, and also invested in a shoe store. In 1958, George was hired by the State Highway Department, where he spent 30 enjoyable years before retirement.
The Credit Union movement was gaining popularity in the early sixties, and George thought the Highway Department employees would benefit by having their own, so he started meeting fellow employees in their homes to explain his vision and often left with their investment. On Dec. 17, 1963, the Big Sky Federal C.U. was born, and George remained secretary/treasurer for 37 years, finally retiring in 2000.
Besides working at the Highway Department and Credit Union, George also did income taxes for friends and bookkeeping for a few companies in his spare time. George also organized bowling tournaments and started a retiree’s monthly breakfast get-together that continues to this day. He missed his first meeting in 25 years last month.
In retirement George enjoyed golfing, bowling and spending time with his family and friends as well as his coffee buddies at the Muzzle Loader Café.
George was a devout member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, along with many other organizations.
Preceding him in death were his parents, brother Andy and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law.
George is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marjorie, and sons Daryl (Stephanie) and Dale (Janyce). Also surviving George is his sister Lou Salmonsen, sisters-in-law Clara Lubke, Delores Kautzmann and Edna Kautzmann. Grandchildren Christina Jensen, Katie (Michael) Falloon, Jeremy (Brooke) Haider, Daren (fiancee Debbie) Haider and honorary grandson Kurt Jensen. Great-grandchildren Alex and McKenzie Falloon and Hadley and Olivia Haider, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
No one was a stranger to George, just a friend he hadn’t met yet. Special thanks to the employees at Albertson’s on 24th, and the Muzzle Loader Café, who called him by name and made him feel special.
Also thanks to the staff at Riverstone Hospice for making his last days comfortable.
A Funeral Mass was held on July 2, at St.Pius X Catholic Church.
Memorials may be made to the Billings Catholic Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 31158, Billings, MT 59107, or to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cfgbillings.com through “Our Families.”