Army Badge
  • Name: Delbert "Del" Wallace Matteson
  • Location of Birth: Hibbing, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: June 7, 1926
  • Date of Death: December 1, 2009
  • Parents: Edward Matteson & Edna (Krueger) Matteson
  • High School and Class: 1944 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: S SGT (Staff Sergeant)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: October 19, 1944
  • Place Sworn In: Fort Snelling, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: August 9, 1949
  • Place of Discharge:
  • Military Awards:

  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Delbert W. Matteson
    Race: White
    Age: 18
    Birth Date: June 7, 1926
    Birth Place: Hibbing, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Bovey, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: June 7, 1944
    Employer: Oliver Mining Comp., Coleraine, Itasca, Minnesota
    Weight: 230
    Height: 6-2
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Green
    Hair Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: Ed. Matteson, Route 2, Bovey, MN

    World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
    Name: Delbert W. Matteson
    Race: White
    Marital status: Single, without dependents (Single)
    Rank: Private
    Birth Year: 1926
    Nativity State or Country: Minnesota
    Citizenship: Citizen
    Residence: Itasca, Minnesota
    Education: 4 years of high school
    Civil Occupation: Semiskilled motormen (vehicle), except railroad, railway, and bus
    Enlistment Date: October 19, 1944
    Enlistment Place: Fort Snelling, Minnesota
    Branch: No branch assignment
    Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
    Source: Civil Life
    Height: 00
    Weight: 006

    Del Matteson served in Germany during his time in the military.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Del Matteson married Lila Ruotsala in 1946 in Minnesota. His first business was Petrich’s Store which he purchased in 1950. He opened L&M Supply store in Grand Rapids with Jim Luthen in 1959, retiring in the 1980s. He enjoyed traveling in his motor home and wintering in Arizona. He was a member of Masonic Itasca Lodge No. 208, Royal Arch Mason of Pokegama Chapter 102, Eveleth Commandry, Shrine AAD Temple, Royal Order of Jesters, North Star Shrine Cycle Patrol, and founder of the North Star Shrine Mustang Patrol.

    Del died in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine, Minnesota (Block 139). He is survived by his daughters, Darcy (Jack) Perreault, Doreen (Michele Rinne) Matteson, and Denise (Mike) Burich; his son, Terry (Margaret) Matteson; ten grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and his sister-in-law Eleanor (Bud) Grozdanich. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lila, in 2007 and his sister, Viola Mehelich, in 2003.

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