James “Jim” Mattfeldt, 83, passed away on Friday December 25, 2020, joining the love of his live Eunice Mattfeldt. He spent his last years at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana.
Jim was born on June 22, 1937 in Glasgow, Montana to Hugh and Carrie (Storkson) Mattfeldt. He was the fourth of eight children raised most of his life on the Johnny Place. Jim attended Hinsdale Public School where he graduated.
Jim married his high school sweetheart, Eunice Estenson on October 13, 1956. Shortly after marriage, they moved to Wyoming to begin their life together. He worked construction with his brothers. After their first child was born, they came back to Montana residing in Great Falls where they had four more children. Jim worked for Standard Oil delivering gas, but farming and ranching was his main love. They chose to return to the Hinsdale area to raise their family on the same farm Eunice was raised. Jim worked on the Timm Ranch for more than 40 years. Jim and Eunice lived on the farm until retiring and building a home in town.
Jim enjoyed hunting; he would take his children and grandchildren out hunting often, and always came back with stories. He always knew where to find the deer, although the elk up at the Lick Place remained elusive. He seemed to have a sixth sense on finding a buck, even when no one else could see one.
He was a talented woodworker and made rocking chairs, step stools, toy ducks, cradles, steer heads, Christmas trees and so much more for all his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He spent several hours carving elaborate walking sticks from downed fence posts from out at the Lick Place.
Jim was a hardworking man. Even after retirement he stayed busy working in his shop or around the house, taking camping trips with his wife and family, and supporting all the grandchildren in their activities be it 4H, basketball, hockey, or school. He was very proud of his family in all their accomplishments.
Jim is survived by five children: Myra (DJ) McLauchlin, Janet (Ron) Canen, Jamie (Jr) Mix, Duane (Laurie) Mattfeldt, and Jon (Diana) Mattfeldt; 17 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; brothers, Carl (Marlys) Mattfeldt, Bill (Jeanette) Mattfeldt, Vernon “Swede” Mattfeldt, Russ (Sweetie) Mattfeldt, and Brian Mattfeldt; sisters, Sharon (Mike) McDunn and Corlis (Bob) Huntsberger; brother-in-law, Ralph Estenson; sister-in-law, Betty Estenson; along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, friends and loved ones.
Jim was greeted at Heaven’s Gate by his wife, Eunice; parents, Hugh and Carrie; brothers-in-law Ed and Milton Estenson; sister-in-law, Adeline Estenson; daughters-in-law, Mary Mattfeldt and Cathy Mattfeldt; granddaughter, Carrie Mattfeldt; sisters-in-law Rene Mattfeldt; in-laws Bert and Mabel Estenson.
Through 64 years of marriage, Jim and Eunice never missed a Christmas. This Christmas was no exception.
Family will receive friends Saturday, January 9, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary. Please follow Covid-19 restrictions: wash your hands, social distance and wear a mask. Condolences may be left for family at bellmortuarymontana.com.