Byron "Butch" Mattis______________________
Funeral services for Byron "Butch" Mattis, 57, of Hettinger, North Dakota were Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hettinger Armory in Hettinger, ND. Rev. Brad Abelseth officiated and burial followed at the Hettinger Cemetery. Visitations was Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Centennial Chapel of Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Hettinger and one hour prior to the service on Monday morning at the Armory.
Byron "Butch" Mattis was born September 14, 1956 to Rienhold and Doris (Abbey) Mattis in Lemmon, South Dakota. Butch completed his grade school years at North Lemmon and graduated from Lemmon High School in 1974.
Butch was married to Carol Lynn Eggebo on March 6, 1982 in Hettinger, North Dakota. They began their life together raising two daughters, Mindy and Crystal.
He worked with his father doing custom spraying, baling hay and constructing steel grain bins. Butch worked at various places including Lemmon Livestock, Wolff Plumbing and Heating, Hoff's Ready Mix, Walch Trucking, Simpson Ranch, Ehlers Trucking and Scott Mattis Farms.
Butch enjoyed walleye fishing, hunting, riding horse, coyote calling and spending time with his grandson, Christian.
He was diagnosed with cancer in June 2012. He courageously continued his battle with the disease until his passing on November 1, 2013 at the West River Regional Medical Center in Hettinger.
Butch is survived by his wife, Carol, Hettinger; two daughters, Mindy and fiancé Matthew Anderson, Gillette, WY and Crystal and fiancé Jamaal Smith-Henderson, Phoenix, AZ; one grandson, Christian Colgrove; his mother, Doris Mattis, Dickinson, ND; two sisters, Cecilia Straub, Dickinson and Susan (Roger) Hehn, Hermiston, OR; his mother-in-law, Millie Eggebo; special friend of the family, Cindy Hehn; Melvin (Mary) Eggebo, James (Lois) Eggebo, Karen (Larry) Hehn and Cheryl Kuntz. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Willie (Jen) Hehn, Stephanie Hehn, Mary Beth (Travis) Hoffman, Pam Straub, Melanie (Stephen) Lammay, Alicia Hehn, Bridgette (Wade) Hasbrouck, Natalie Eggebo, Jared Eggebo, Marilee ( Todd) Obritsch, Sarah Eggebo, Rachel (Drewn Fried) Eggebo, Beau Hehn and Mandy Kuntz.
Butch was preceded in death by his father, Rienhold Mattis and one brother, Melvin Mattis.