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Kenneth “Ken” Matson, of Hinckley, passed away on Friday, November 12, 2021 at Welia Health in Mora.  He was 67 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at the Sandstone Evangelical Free Church.

The service for Ken (multiple links)

VISITATION will be held 2 hour prior to the service, beginning at 11:00 am at the church.

INTERMENT will be in the Finnish Cemetery in Finlayson.

Kenneth Walfred Matson of Hinckley MN, passed away on Friday, November 12, 2021 at Welia Hospital in Mora, MN. He was 67 years old.

Ken was born on May 16, 1954 in Mora. MN to Walfred and Mildred (Amberg) Matson of Finlayson, MN. In 3rd grade the family moved to the Friesland road. He graduated from Sandstone High School and attended Dunwoody Institute earning a degree in architectural design.

In January of 1975 in Lake Norden SD, he married Linda Seppanen. While starting a family they moved to many different places. Throughout the years, most of his life he worked for numerous steel fabrication businesses and then started over-the-road truck driving.

What he enjoyed the most was going to church, reading the bible, arguing politics, and visiting with his kids, grandkids, family, and friends. He was a lifelong member of the Apostolic Lutheran Church.

He was passionate about all aspects of trains. He would wait by the tracks for hours for a train to arrive. He enjoyed putting models together and taking trips to see new and different places. He always had his camera to take pictures along the way.

He was blessed with a kidney transplant about 5 ½ years ago which gave him so many more memories that he was able to share with all that he loved and cared about.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son Baby Boy Matson, brother Rick, sister Yvonne Beltran, grandchildren Micah, Caitlin & Cameron Matson.

Ken is survived by his wife Linda of DeSmet, SD; children, Roy (Krista) Matson of Pine City, Tammy (Darren) DeWitt of Mitchell, SD, Joshua (Charrity) Matson of Hinckley, Steve Matson of Bryant, SD, Aaron Matson of Watertown, SD, Brenda (Eric) Johnson of DeSmet, SD, Rome (Jonas) Gonstead of Madison, WI, Rachael Matson of Watertown, SD, Robert Matson of Aberdeen SD, and Dean (Becca) Matson of Aberdeen; brothers, Wayne (Louise) Matson, Mike (Karla) Matson, Tom (Marie) Matson,  and Matthew (Kari) Matson; sisters, Pam Matson and  Lynnae Amezcua; aunts Norma Matson and Carol Page; 17 grandchildren; 2 step grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, family and friends.


18 thoughts on “KENNETH W. MATSON”

  1. Sympathy to you all. Many good memories of our friendships in our school days. Glad we all have kept in contact over the years. May God be your source of comfort.

  2. I did not know Ken personally, but he was very passionate about his trains. I run a Facebook “BNSF Hinckley Subdivision,” and Ken loved taking pictures of trains in Hinckley. He was a very dedicated member to my group and will dearly be missed.

  3. I grew up in the Friesland neighborhood and visited the family many times while growing up on the family farm. We would walk the train tracks about a mile to play with the Matson kids. Lots of good memories. I met up with Ken in August this year when I was in Minnesota and gave him a picture with old seam trains, he really liked and appreciated it. We visited for a few hours and then I had to go. I’m glad I took the time to meet up with him. He was glad to spend some time with an old neighbor from years ago. My sympathy to his children and grandkids and siblings and the Matson Clan, love and prayers for comfort and peace at this time.
    Rachel Nelson

  4. God has taken a fellow Christian home. Sure will miss him at the Finlayson Church! And at lunches at Norma’s where we’ve shared our faith and anything else that we needed to discuss!!!

  5. May God give the Matson family his peace comfort and strength at this time and always. Sincere sympathy and love & Gods peace

  6. I enjoyed Ken’s train posts. Ken and I are on the opposite ends agewise of the cousins and it’s a fun that we both love trains, although he was far more involved in them than me. When I was buying a set for my daughter who also loves trains he was happy to give me some advice as to what all the information means. We also shared a love of photography. Prayers for all you closest to him, especially his kids.

  7. Our deepest sympathy and prayers be with the entire Matson family in the loss of Ken. May God grant comfort and strength in the days ahead. We have many special memories of the Matson family. My father served the Finlayson congregation once a month for many years! Our love and God’s Peace! Eva, Katrina, and Becky Vahakangas

  8. We also lived in Friesland. The Matson’s were our neighbors for years. Meanwhile, we all were pretty close friends. Kenny was especially close to Me. He was my first boyfriend. We cared for each other very much. When he went to Dunwoody, we grew apart. Many good memories of him. It was very much fun living next to the Matson Family. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Especially Pam, Wayne, Tom, Mike, Matt, and Lynnae.He will be missed. But I have many sweet memories of Kenny.

  9. I’ll miss you ken you quite the only friend I had on Facebook and I Did’nt find the Livestream of your funeral service so I always be busy a lot so anyway I really liked you train pictures it was cool so till then I will make more friends just like you so I’m sure you’re still with my dad in heaven so tonight I be able to find some trains tonight in Oak Grove so Farewell Ken Your Friend Mack

  10. Well he was a God sent for me. Saving me the stress from my mom who did not want to learn how do work her cell phone. Now I get the nightmare of it. lol He was good to my mom and thankful for that. Thank God for his help do to I am 2 day drive I can’t do. Glad him and I r on the same side in what runs this messed up world. I knew this last time he was not going to make it back home. Its hurts even though. Well his fight for life ended and not more body to suffer. Ik the feeling on being extremely sick and the fight for life. May the angels and God put u in a great place. God bless to all.

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