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Gordon Henry Mattson

March 9, 1961 June 8, 2016
Gordon Henry Mattson
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Obituary for Gordon Henry Mattson

Gordon "Gordy" Henry Mattson, Jr., passed away suddenly on June 8, 2016 at the age of 55.

In addition to Karen, his beloved wife of 28 years, Gordy is survived by his son, Connor Henry; parents, Gordon "Hank" and Carole Mattson; siblings, Cheryl (Dan) Dirmeyer and Jillian (Dennis) Peck; brothers and sisters-in-law, Eric (Shelley) Gustafson, Julie (Rowan Davis) Painter and Margo (Dan) Hellem as well as many Aunts and Uncles, beloved nieces and nephews, along with extended family and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents-in-law, Fred and Laurie Gustafson.


Life story of "Sweet" Gordy Mattson

On March 9, 1961, Gordy was born in the back of a 1960 Fiat 500 in Detroit, Michigan and instantly dubbed "King" Gordy by his father. Gordy and his sisters; Cheri and Jill, were raised first in Ypsilanti and moved to Highland Twp. in 1971. Gordy attended Apollo Elementary, Highland Junior High and he was a 1979 graduate of Milford High School and has since been a proud Redskin for life.

Gordy's passion for family was second to none. His childhood provided countless stories and memories with family trips as well as their move to Highland where they built their home. Gordy continued many of the traditions of his childhood while he raised his own family.

Growing up, Gordy loved any and all sports. He was a passionate basketball player throughout high school. His freshman coaches mentored him through high school and have remained lifelong friends.

Always a music lover and gifted singer, he did not read music but could listen to a song and play the tune within a few tries. His big audition came in 3rd grade with Jeff Hanaford and Gordy's amateur musical pursuits never stopped.

In June of 1981, Gordy met Karen Gustafson for the first time on Hickory Ridge Road while being introduced by mutual friends. The two fell in love and were married on September 25, 1987 and their family was complete with the birth of their pride and joy - son Connor, on June 3, 1992. Life lovingly focused on all things Connor-not just with Gordy and Karen-but all the extended family members, too!

Gordy continued his passion for everything family, Milford and sports. He actively participated in coaching and officiating Connor's sports activities and thoroughly enjoyed working with kids of all ages. Gordy hung tight with his high school coaches through pickup basketball games whenever they could sneak into a local school gym. This relationship blossomed into a LOVE of all things MSU, most importantly football season. Gordy retained his title as "King" of the tailgate, he loved Saturday home MSU games!

Gordy's professional career started at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn working for his Uncle Ed and alongside his cousin Donnie. Gordy would carpool with his Dad for many years, driving home with Donnie while searching to pick up his Father who would run after work . . . literally until Gordy's car pulled over.

Grace Claiborn, a secretary for Ford suggested to Gordy that he may be interested in pursuing work at her husband's company. Dennis Claiborn hired him immediately and that lead to a 30 year association with Potter Claiborn & Geelhood/Computer Support Technology as a HVAC Sales Engineer.

Gordy was an extremely hard working, dedicated, loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and caring friend to many. In the words of his brother-in-law, Dan Dirmeyer . . . "who doesn't love Gordy?!?!" Gordy will always be remembered and deeply missed.


Memorial Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons, 404 E. Liberty St, Milford on Wednesday from 3-9 PM.

A Memorial Service will follow on Thursday, June 16 at 11AM at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, Milford. Mr. Scott Armstrong to officiate.

Following Thursday's Memorial Service friends and family are all welcome to gather at 59 West for a luncheon prepared in Gordy's memory.

Donations can be directed to Milford High School Athletics in memory of "Sweet" Gordy Mattson.

For further information, please phone Lynch & Sons, Milford at 248.684.6645.

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3:00 PM 6/15/2016 3:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 6/15/2016 9:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Memorial Gathering 3-9 PM.

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States





11:00 AM 6/16/2016 11:00:00 AM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Memorial Service 11 AM.

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Milford High School Milford Athletics-"Sweet" Gordy Mattson

2380 South Milford Road
Highland, MI 48357

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