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David L. Matteson

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David L. Matteson, of Magnolia, Texas, passed away on Thursday evening, November 14, 2013. Dave was born the seventh child of ten to Martin and Marie (Higgins)Matteson in Poland, Ohio. He was baptized and confirmed at Poland United Methodist Church. Dave attended the public schools and enlisted in the United States Navy, serving as a machinist on the USS Blair, as part of the Invasion of Normandy. Following his honorable discharge in 1946, he married Mary Pesick, also of Poland, Ohio.
Dave's love was engines, and he proudly earned his Doctor of Motors Degree from the General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan. He worked as a service manager for Armbrecht Motors in Youngstown, Ohio, for many years, and was in partnership with Matteson Equipment, a steel hauling firm. Dave joined Divco Corporation out of Kent, Ohio, as a diesel engine specialist, ending up in Houston, Texas, as the service manager for ground transportation at Houston's then Intercontinental Airport.
Dave retired from the transportation department as it merged with the city of Houston and Metro began. He took a position to begin a Diesel Mechanics program at the new North Harris County College campus on WW Thorne. In 1984, Dave retired again to work part time in the maintenance department at his church, Salem Lutheran, in Tomball, to be closer to his granddaughters, who attended school there. In 1994, Dave devoted himself full time to his hobby of classic car restoration, specifically motors!
Dave's influence and investment in those who shared his fondness for classic cars runs deep. He so looked forward to the "swap meets" and the weekly car shows! He loved working on those cars together with his friends. Dave adored his family - wife Mary, who predeceased him in 2011; his daughter, Mary Beth and her spouse, whom he lovingly called his "son" Dean; his granddaughters Lori Bray Winders and her spouse, Brian, and Lindsay Neidigk and her spouse, Matthew; and the lights of his life, his great-grandchildren, Logan and Kylie Bray, and Jackson, Ryan and Lauren Neidigk.
Dave was God's servant. Whether it was ushering and starting the coffee every Sunday morning before Sunday School class in Poland, or attending the "sing a longs" at Tomball Nursing Center with his beloved volunteer friends, he kept his commitment and served with joy!
Dave leaves behind a host of family. Besides his immediate family, he is survived by three sisters and two brothers, and their precious families. Our family wishes to thank those close friends and family members who came to see Dave and minister to him over the past few weeks, especially Don Neidigk.
A memorial service will take place on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at 4 pm, at Salem Lutheran Church, 22601 Lutheran Church Road, Tomball. Visitation and a light supper will follow in the Community Center. Memorial contributions in Dave's name can be made to Salem Lutheran School.

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Nov. 17, 2013
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