In Memoriam: Charles L. Matteson, CRNA (1940-2018)

  • Sep 2, 2018

Charles L. Matteson, CRNA, died Aug. 27, 2018, at Mercy Hospital, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The prayer service will be 7 p.m. Thursday and Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday, both services at Sacred Heart Church, with Revs. Lance Warren, Francis Nguyen and Deacon Michael Matteson officiating.

Burial, with military honors, will follow at the El Reno Cemetery under the direction of Huber-Benson Funeral Home.

Chuck was born Nov. 28, 1940, at Kansas City, Kansas. He attended elementary and high school in Paola, Kansas, and after graduating went to work at Kansas State Hospital at Osawatomie, Kansas. Attended Emporia School of Nursing, Marymount College, in Salina, Kansas, receiving a BSN and later attended Newman University at Wichita, Kansas, where he received his degree as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.

His military career began on Jan. 3, 1963, in Kansas City, Missouri, where he was sworn in as a second lieutenant and assigned to Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Assignments that followed included: Fort Benning, Georgia; Korat, Thailand; and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

While at Fort Leavenworth, he married the love of his life, Carmen Hesse, on Dec. 19, 1966. They then moved to Fort Sam Houston, where Chuck was a student and their first son was born.

In December 1967, he was transferred to Tripler Army Medical Center, in Hawaii, where he was the head nurse of the surgical ward and two more sons were born. Their fourth son was born during his duty at Fort Riley, and his final assignment was at El Paso, Texas.

In 1980, he became a civilian, worked at St. Johns Hospital, in Salina, and was self-employed as a nurse anesthetist. He later became a reservist and moved to Oklahoma in 1984. He retired from the U.S. Army after 30 years of service.

Chuck is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and the American Legion.

He is survived by: his wife, Carmen, of the home; four sons, Michael Thomas and Mary Ann Matteson, of Boerne, Texas; Christopher Lee and Kelly Matteson of Edmond, Oklahoma; Charles David Matteson, of St. Louis, Missouri; and John Anthony and Amy Matteson, also of Edmond; brother, Donald Matteson, of Kansas City; grandchildren, Catherine Matteson, Peyton Matteson, Will Matteson, Mason Matteson and Collin Matteson.

His parents, Leslie F. and Fanchon A. (Johnson) Matteson; brother, Willis Matteson; sister, Esther Ivy; and half-sister, Jeanette Mitchell preceded him in death.

Memorials may be made to Birth Choice, The Lord's Harvest, Catholic Charities or Memorial Masses in his memory. As published in the St. Joseph News-Press on August 30, 2018.