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Sgt. James Matteson

November 18, 2004
Raised in Celoron, he was born Nov. 22, 1980, in Jamestown, the son of James L. Matteson and Joyce E. Reynolds.

Sgt. Matteson was a 1998 graduate of Southwestern Central School, where he had been active on the football team, wrestling squad and track team. He was inducted in the U.S. Army on Aug. 5, 1998.

Besides his father of Celoron, and his mother of Jamestown, he is survived by his stepmother, Janice Matteson of Celoron; his stepfather, Leslie Hoover of Jamestown; two sisters: Specialist Hope Freedom Matteson of Fort Hood, Kileen, Texas, and Micaela Rose Matteson of Celoron; two brothers: Nicholas R. and Brandon R. Knepshield, both of Celoron; his paternal grandfather, James E. Matteson Jr. of Kennedy; his paternal stepgrandmother, Judy Campbell of Kennedy; his maternal grandmother, Audrey Reynolds of Panama; his paternal stepgrandmother, Beverly Laurin; and his brother-in-law, Robert Garza.

Sgt. Matteson was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Charles Reynolds who died Feb. 28, 2004; and paternal grandmother, Brenda L. Matteson who die July 22, 1997.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Christ First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Daniel J. Gibbons, pastor of New Life Christian Center and the Rev. Dale Haight, pastor of Praise Fellowship, Russell, Pa., will officiate. Burial will be in Soldier Circle, Lakeview Cemetery.

Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Lind Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the J.C. Matteson Memorial Fund, c/o Southwestern Central School District Office, 600 Hunt Road, Jamestown, N.Y.; or Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Office of Community Relations, 219 Bryant St., Buffalo, N.Y., 14222.

The family of Sgt. Matteson are also asking that care packages or letters to J.C.'s Unit in Irag, Platoon Sgt. First Class Vunbaugh, HHC 2-2 (Scouts), First Infantry Division, OIF2, Camp Normandy APO AE, 09392.



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