Raymond Mattis

Raymond “Ray” Mattis was born on November 18, 1942 in Hettinger, ND to Edward and Helen (Lutz) Mattis. Ray grew up on the farm where his passion for farming was first instilled. He graduated from Hettinger Public School in 1961.
On November 10, 1963, Ray married Venita Schlosser of Mott, ND. They settled down in Hettinger where they had two children, Donna and Scott. In 1962, Ray and his father Ed purchased the Minneapolis Moline Dealership, later expanding to Allis Chalmers, Chrysler, Plymouth, and Dodge Dealerships. They operated this business until the sale of it in 1976. In his younger years he enjoyed flying and received his Private Pilot’s License. He loved getting together with friends to play cards and traveling. He also liked wheelin’-and-dealin’ on cars and pickups.
In his later life, Ray continued to farm with his son Scott although he “retired” after every harvest. He enjoyed traveling to Bullhead City, AZ with his wife Venita in their motorhome during the winters. He loved spending time with his four grandchildren and two great grandchildren and attending their sporting events. He was especially proud when they began sharing his passion for farming. Ray was also a big Minnesota Vikings fan. His family is grateful that they were able to take him to his last Vikings game in September. If you were looking for Ray, he could usually be found at the C & N Café having coffee and swapping stories with his farming friends.
Ray passed away unexpectedly at his home in Hettinger on October 11, 2019. He was a great husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He will be missed dearly by all who were fortunate to know him.
Grateful for having shared in his life are his wife, Venita, of Hettinger, daughter, Donna Laufer, Mott, ND, son Scott (Billie) Mattis, Hettinger, ND, grandchildren, Devan (Chelsea) Laufer, Jennifer (Garret) Swindler, Jaylee Mattis and Jarad Mattis, great grandchildren, William and Ashlynn Swindler and a brother, Donald Mattis, Blaine, MN.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Helen Mattis, sister, Luella Walch and a son-in-law, Terry Laufer.
Condolences to the Mattis family can be sent through our website at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com




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