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Roger A. Mattson, M.D. (P 1969)

Roger A. Mattson, M.D., 77. of Duluth, passed away on Nov. 18, 2015, while surrounded by family at St. Luke’s Hospice, following a brief illness with brain cancer.

He was born on May 12, 1938, in Ishpeming, Mich., to Albert and Anita Mattson.

He graduated from Ishpeming High School in 1956, attended Finlandia (Suomi) University, and graduated from Northern Michigan University, and University of Michigan Medical School. Roger specialized in Psychiatry and was a Flight Surgeon in the United States Air Force retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. On June 6, 1964, Roger married Karen Filby. He enjoyed gardening, traveling, and all things Finnish.

Roger was involved in the community, volunteering at CHUM, Loaves and Fishes, and Union Gospel Mission, just to name a few. He was an active member of Kenwood Lutheran Church.

Roger is preceded in death by his parents.

Roger is survived by his wife, Karen; son, David Mattson; daughters, Kari (Leon) Ball, Amy (Stephen) Walk, Sara (Shawn) Mayfield; eight grandchildren; brothers, Paul (Dorothy) Mattson, Miles (Nancy) Mattson, Dean Mattson; sister, Karen (Robert) MacArt; and extended family.

VISITATION: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 in Sunrise Funeral Home, 4798 Miller Trunk Hwy, Hermantown and from 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 until the 11 a.m. service in Kenwood Lutheran Church, 2720 Myers Ave, Duluth. Burial will follow at Sunrise Cemetery with full Military honors. Online condolences can be sent at

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Kenwood Lutheran Church, Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry, or Finlandia University.

Obituary originally published in the Duluth News Tribune.

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