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Claytus J. Mattern

Oct 31, 2020

Nov. 17, 1942 – Oct. 23, 2020

Claytus J. Mattern, age

77 of Rugby, North Dakota

died Friday, October 23,

2020 at the Sanford

Health Center in Fargo,

North Dakota. He was

born to Peter and Eliza-

beth (Jaeger) Mattern on

November 17, 1942 at the

Good Samaritan Hospital

in Rugby.

Claytus was raised in

the rural farm home of his

parents, north of Rugby

and graduated from Rug-

by High School, the class

of 1960 and furthered his

agriculture education for a

year in Fargo. On May 18,

1963, he was united in

marriage to Ilene Black at

St. Anselm’s Catholic

Church in Fulda, North

Dakota. The couple made

their home on a farm in

Meyer Township, Pierce

County where they raised

their family of four boys.

As a young man, he

would go south with his

parents to do custom

combining there, worked

for Schultz & Linsay Con-

struction, drove semi for

his brother-in-law, Orris

Halvorson of Pleasant

Lake Grain. Later he

worked for Bickler’s Jack

& Jill where he learned

the meat cutting trade

which eventually led him

to start his own business

out at the farm. He and

Ilene worked the butcher

shop for the next 40 years,

developing an area repu-

tation for their sausage

along with other products.

If not enough to keep him

out of trouble, he farmed

and ranched from 1965 to

2017 when he

semi-retired in words


In March of 2019, he

was diagnosed with canc-

er, but it never stopped

him from enjoying life

and people. On July 4,

2020 one of his highlights

was to drive his John

Deere 4020 in the parade

which, his son Lawrence

and his sons restored for

Claytus in 2019. He was

continually active in the

Rugby Community, a

member of Little Flower

Catholic Church, the

Knights of Columbus and

with the Cursillo pro-

grams in Harvey and Bel-

court. He enjoyed hunt-

ing and fishing and was

well known for his out of

proportion stories and

never forgot a joke. At a

gathering, if you did not

know Claytus at first, you

would know him before

you left, this was his gift

to all his many friends, he

never forgot you. He was

a great loving husband, fa-

ther, grandfather, friend

and especially enjoyed

teasing Ilene.

Claytus is survived by

his wife, Ilene of 56 years;

four sons, Vince,

Lawrence (Debbie) Steven

(Vita), all of Rugby and

LeRoy (Tamara) of Willow

City; 10 grandchildren,

Rachael, Ashley (Micha-

el), Erica (Keith), Christy

(Lee), Matthew, Carson,

Katelyn, Tyler (Jacelyn),

Jesse and Aleah; 7

great-grandchildren; a

brother, Kenneth of Rug-

by; a sister, Diane Bur-

khart of New Kensington,

PA; former

daughter-in-law, Bonnie

Mattern; several nieces,

nephews, other relatives

and a host of friends. He

is preceded in death by

sisters, Donna (Walt) Win-

son & Irene (Orris) Hla-

vorson; brother-in-law,

Ray Burkhart;

sister-in-law, Wanda Mat-

tern; nephews, Wayne

Mattern and Tim Thorp;

and his parents.

For the safety of all,

please be observant of the

Covid-19 restrictions in-

cluding social distancing,

hand sanitizing, wearing a

mask and staying at home

if not feeling well for the

visitation and funeral ser-

vice. Seating and spacing

will be monitored.

Mass of Christian Buri-

al will be held at 2:00

p.m. Thursday, November

5th at the Little Flower

Catholic Church in Rugby

with burial in the church


Visitation will be held

from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednes-

day with a rosary & vigil

prayer service beginning

at 7 p.m. There will be re-

viewal on Thursday from

9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. all

in all in the Anderson

Funeral Home, Rugby.

There will be no reviewal

in the church on Thurs-


Music: Richard Bisch-

off, Steve Eckhart & Leo-

nard Keplin

Honorary Bearers: All

grand &

great-grandchildren and

the coffee boys

Casket Bearers:

Matthew Mattern, Carson

Mattern, Tyler Mattern,

Jesse Mattern, Michel

Houim and Lee Zinck

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