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John Fredrick Mattern

September 1, 1923 February 10, 2018
John Fredrick Mattern
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John Fredrick Mattern died Saturday February 10, 2018 at Vineyard Heights Assisted Living. He was 94 years old. John was born September 1, 1923 in Lemoore, California to Fredrick and Dora (Ornduff) Mattern. They moved to Newberg, Oregon when he was a young child. A few years later, they moved up to Chehalem Mountain. John attended a small grade school there and most of his classmates were girls. He looked forward to the end of the school day to get home to his dog, get his gun and go squirrel hunting. He told a lot of good stories about growing up on the mountain. John moved back to Newberg as a young teenager and started a paper route to earn money for a bike. He attended Newberg High School for a short time. He decided to quit school so he could go to work on his sister’s farm. He always said he loved every minute of his years working on the farm. He loved his horse that he spent every day with on the farm.
In the mid-1940s, John met and later married Helen (Freuler) Baker. John was an instant father to Helen’s 3 year old daughter, Penny. Later they had three more children; Kathryn, Mike and Scott. He remodeled the family home from top to bottom. It took many years, but it is still home to all of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
John was a hard worker all of his life. He worked for Yamhill County Road Department on the bridge crew. He retired after 30 years with the county at the age of 70. John was a hunter and fisherman in his younger years. After his retirement, he and Helen bought a 5th wheel trailer and went on many camping trips to the beach. After a few years they decided to give that up and travel by car and airplane. They took many trips to Reno, Las Vegas, Alaska and Hawaii. John was a lifetime member of the NRA. He had an amazing love and respect for guns.
John lost his one love (as one of John’s grandsons said), Helen, in 2013. They had been married for 65 years. They were loving parents and generous in every way.
We are thankful that John is now free of pain and suffering. John was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, son Mike, son in law Tom, and step granddaughter Dixie. John is survived by daughters Penny and Kathryn, his son Scott, his grandchildren; Jeff Piper, Lisa Piper, Jason Piper, Trevor Dix (Elizabeth), Katie Bowdle (Brandon), Sarah Ogsaen (Brandon), Amanda Mattern (Matt), Maya Mattern, Cara Guidici (Nicholas), Whitley Mattern, Madelyn Mattern, Coy Mattern, and step grandchildren Denae (Tim), Teresa (Devin), Jared and Amanda, great grandchildren Christopher, Stephen, Justin, Megan, Ryan, Halle, Zachary, Phoenix, Maddix, Dillon, Taylor, Aiden, Ivy, Alisa, Aliah, and Nica, as well as many step great grandchildren.
Services will be held at Macy & Son Chapel on Monday February 19, 2018 at 11:00am. Private family interment will be held at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Hillsboro, OR. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

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11:00 AM 2/19/2018 11:00:00 AM
Macy & Son Funeral Directors

135 NE Evans Street
McMinnville, OR 97128

Macy & Son Funeral Directors
135 NE Evans Street McMinnville 97128 OR
United States

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Mt. Olive Cemetery Final Resting Place

Hillsboro, OR

Hillsboro OR

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