Oct. 2, 1954-May 2, 2013
Juel "Lud" Robert Mattson was born to D. Kenneth and Marilynn Mattson on October 2, 1954 in Park River, N.D.
In 1955, D. Kenneth Mattson and his family moved to Mahnomen, where Juel attended Mahnomen Public Schools. Juel graduated from Mahnomen High School in 1973. He attended Northland Community College in Thief River Falls to become a medical technician. Juel also received his EMT certificate in 1978.
While in high school Juel was employed by Mahnomen Dairy, making milk deliveries to homes around Mahnomen and also worked for Jack's Motor Sports.
After obtaining his education as a medical technician and EMT, Juel spent many years dedicated to serving others while employed at United Hospital Ambulance Service; Norman County Ambulance; Polk County Ambulance; Wimmer Hospital, Ada; Mahnomen County and Village Hospital; St. Luke's Hospital, Crosby, N.D.; Merit Care Hospital, Fargo; Norman County Implement; driving truck for the Fargo Forum; REM-Northstar; the Treatment Center and Aldor Homes in Crookston; Concordia College, Moorhead; and several years driving beet truck for many farmers surrounding Ada.
Juel volunteered many hours with EVAC, Fargo Police Department Volunteers, and doing sound and video for Atonement Lutheran Church, Fargo, and Lund Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes.
Juel loved music. He attended many music festivals; enjoyed singing and playing keyboard; and also spent a period of time spent managing and running sound boards for Fargo area bands.
In 1997, after making sure his family was safe during the flood in Ada, Juel returned home to battle the floodwaters, successfully saving their family home, a harrowing feat.
Juel underwent a kidney transplant in April of 2009. In July of 2011 Juel suffered rejection of his kidney. In August 2011 he moved in with his daughter, Haley, in Detroit Lakes. While living in Detroit Lakes, Juel became very active with Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC), attending conferences and speaking about his faith journey through his times of trial with his health.
Some of Juel's greatest pleasures came from his love for his animals, camping, fishing, boating, snowmobiling, working on classic cars, golf, NASCAR, his Gold Wing motorcycle, radio controlled cars and airplanes with his son, Shane, three wheeling, campfires, just being outdoors, family get-togethers, demolition derbies, rollover derbies, and pinewood derbies.
Juel was happiest vis-iting and being with others. He put his engineering skills to work by hooking a bike trailer to his motorized scooter to take his granddaughters for rides. One day he attempted to take them down the beach in Detroit and became stuck.
Juel's greatest accom-plishments in life were his children, grandchildren, and 34 years of sobriety. Juel is survived by one son, Shane (Debbie) Benter of Mapleton, N.D.; four daughters, Heidi (Tim) Oien of West Fargo, Heather Mattson of Oakes, N.D., Haley (Tyler) Kroshus of Detroit Lakes and Harmony (Chad Mielke) Mattson of Aberdeen, S.D.; grandchildren: Madison Benter, Elliott and Louisa Oien, Morgan Mattson and Kinsley Kroshus, Macee Holcomb, JaeLynn, Alyssa, and Keilani Mielke; three brothers, James (Liane) Mattson of Eagan, John (Edie) Mattson of Faribault and Jeff (Sherry) Mattson of Dalton; one sister, Jody (Bernie) Gloe of Warroad; several niec-es and nephews; Aunt Julie (Tom) Pierce of Seattle, Wash.; Aunt Esther Wallum; Uncle Jack (Marilyn) Mattson of Moorhead; Aunt Dorothy Arvidson of Grand Forks, N.D.; and many cousins.
Juel is also survived by many friends and acquaintances that loved him dearly.
Preceding Juel in death were his parents, Kenny and Marilynn Mattson; grandparents, Julius and Roberdia Wal-lum, Carl and Ida Mattson; two uncles, Harlan Wallum and Fred Arvidson; and a grandson, Christopher Mielke.
Blessed be the memory of Juel "Lud" Robert Mattson.