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“My deepest sympathy..a nice guy. Also on your loss of hubby & mother~in~law. ”
1 of 16 | Posted by: Barbara Van Laanen Brown - WI

“My condolences to Dee and all the Family. I knew Red since the 60s when my father was sheriff and he would stop by the jail kitchen .Every school...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Jason Julian - Dewitt, MI

“Sorry for your familys loss ”
3 of 16 | Posted by: Amy Mattson

“We will always remember Red with a smile on his face and a soft spot in his heart for Missy and her horses. We pray for comfort to those who will...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Mike and Cindy Michalski - MI

“On behalf of fhe deputies and staff of the Tuscola County Sheriff's Office I would like to extend our deepest sympathy for the loss of Sheriff...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Leland Teschendorf - Caro, MI

“So Sorry to hear of Red's passing into a better world. He was so much fun and pleasant to be around. He was loved by all and especially his...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Mark and Jeanne Berdinner - MI

“I was saddened by the passing of Sheriff Elroy Mattson (once a sheriff always a sheriff) Our prayers are with him in spirt and we pray God to take...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Bradley D. Balk - Centreville, MO

“So sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed talking with "Red' and watching the old timers play cards. Lots of good memories. Love, Randy ”
8 of 16 | Posted by: Randy Shivy - Hope Mills, NC

“You will all be in my daily prayers during this difficult time. May the promise of the resurrection won through Jesus Christ bring you great comfort...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Cori Johnson - Wallace, MI

“Dear Auntie Dee and family, We are so sad to hear about Uncle Red's passing and wished we lived closer so we could be there for the funeral. He...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Tom and Yvonne Sericati - MI

“Dear Dee and Family, Tom and I are spending the month of March in Florida, we are in the Clearwater/Largo area. Just read the Daily News and was so...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Tom and Shirley DeRidder - MI

“Sympathy and prayers. ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: Mary Lou (Kenny) Baldrica - NV

“Dennis and family, Sure sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest sympathy. You are in my prayers.Red was a good man! Once again- my sympathy. Jim...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Jim Fornetti - Iron Mountain, MI

“Dear Aunty Dee and family: I just saw Uncle about a month ago and thought what a great guy to come see my dad when he wasn't feeling well himself. ...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Cindy Reynolds - IRon Mountain, MI

“Dear Auntie Dee, We are so sorry for loss of Uncle Red. I often remember his great sense of humor. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Bob...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Luanne Hanson - Blaine, MN

“Denise, We send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. May the love of family and friends give you comfort, and the love of God give you peace....Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Roger and Ruthie Solberg - MI

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Elroy "Red" Mattson, 84, of Iron Mountain, passed away on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at Dickinson County Healthcare System.

Red was born April 11, 1927 in Metropolitan, MI, son of the late Emil and Ida (Wickman) Mattson. Before completing high school, he entered the U.S. Navy and served his country during WWII. Upon his return from the war, Red continued his schooling and graduated from Felch High School in 1947. He then completed two years of college at an Agricultural Institute for farming. Red married Denyce Blomquist on September 13, 1947 at Zion Lutheran Church in Metropolitan. He started out working in the woods and at the stone quarry in Felch. He was then employed by Grede Foundry for ten years as a molder. Red began his career in law enforcement as an officer with the Iron Mountain Police Dept., serving 18 years and receiving a Medal of Valor. During this time, he and his wife, Dee, owned and operated Mattson's Service Station in Felch for several years. Red served the last 12 years of his career as the Dickinson County Sheriff, retiring in 1988. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Metropolitan where he was baptized and confirmed. Red was also a member of First Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain where he was active in the Horseshoe and Softball Leagues. He enjoyed all sports and was an avid Detroit Tigers fan. He also enjoyed playing cards, trips to the casino, fishing and hunting.

Red is survived by his wife, Denyce; three children, Elyce Yunowich of Beecher, WI, Esley (Sharon) Mattson of Munising, MI, and Dennis (Gerry Lynn) Mattson of Iron Mountain; a brother, David Mattson of Iron Mountain; six grandchildren, Heather (Mike) Johnson, Esley Mattson, Jeanne (Paul) Jerks, James Yunowich, Melissa (Dave) Green and Mike (Shawn) McDonald; 11 great-grandchildren, Brandon & Carissa Johnson, Mackenzie & Malcolm Jerks, Cody, Tara, David, & Tony Green, and Collin, Morgan & Chance McDonald; brothers and sisters-in-law, Sally Mattson, Frank DiBiase, Donna (Jack) Cootware, Daniel (Shirley) Blomquist, David (Mary Lou) Blomquist and Diane (Roger) Adams; special friend, Dr. John Loewen; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two infant sons, Paul and Earl Mattson; two brothers, Esley and Donald Mattson; and two sisters, Lois DiBiase and Phyllis Bongi.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00pm at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain and on Thursday from 10:00 to 11:00am at Zion Lutheran Church in Metropolitan. Funeral services will follow at 11:00am on Thursday at the church. Pastor Joel Smeby will officiate. Burial will be in the Felch Cemetery. The Felch-Breen VFW Post #4803 will conduct military graveside honors.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Elroy "Red" Mattson online at

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.