|Birth: ||Jun. 10, 1907|
|Death: ||Oct. 23, 2007|
June 10, 1907 — Oct. 23, 2007
Harold G. Matson, 100, of Scio died Oct. 23 at home.
Harold was born in Farmington, Minn., to Ludwig and Marie (Jensen) Matson. The Matson family moved to Eastside in 1916. When Harold's father died in a drowning accident five years later, he and his older brother, Stan, went to work in the mills to support the family of seven.
In November 1942, Harold was baptized in the Coquille River as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. In 1945, Harold moved to Pendleton, where he met Myrtle Logan. They were married Aug. 19, 1948, and shared 47 years in the ministry together, living in Pendleton, Missouri, Minnesota, and Beatrice, Neb.
In November 2000, Harold moved to Scio to live with his niece, Gayle Bourns, and her husband, Tom, who became his caregivers. Gayle promised he could have a garden and so, of course, he planted one. Harold served as a regular pioneer and elder in the east Lebanon congregation and remained active to the end of his life, conducting Bible studies and sharing the good news with all he met. He happily became a centurion on June 10.
Harold touched the lives of hundreds of people over the years, regularly corresponding with friends all over the United States and Canada. He loved to tell jokes and stories with a remarkable memory and vibrant personality. He was a humble, Christian man, who set a fine example of how to live and treat others.
He is survived by stepdaughter and husband Lois and Art Monroe of Green Valley, Ariz.; grandchildren Jerral Monroe of Green Valley, and Carolyn O'Keefe and Matt Monroe of Klamath Falls; nieces Gayle Bourns and husband Tom of Scio, Diane Ronning of Springfield, Carole Matson, Linda Goodwin, Connie Clingings, Karen Bowers and Janie Miller of Coos Bay, Cheryl Chiene of San Fransisco, Lynn Stephens of The Dalles, Leana Sanderlin of Powers and Debbie Woosley of Brookings; and nephews Dale Hartley of Aloha, Larry Hartley of Tualatin and Robert Chiene of Lodi, Calif.
He was preceded in death by wife Myrtle; brothers Stan and Russ Matson; and sisters Grace Thornton, Mildred Hartley and Lucille Chiene.
A memorial service will be Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 150 S. Eighth St., in Lebanon with Bill Neuhaus officiating. Cremation was held at Oceanview Memory Gardens Crematory in Coos Bay.
Coos Bay Chapel is handling arrangements.
Albany Democrat Herald November 1, 2007
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Created by: In memory of Scott
Record added: Nov 03, 2007
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