Burton James Matteson, III

August 2, 1940 - January 28, 2008

08/02/1940 - 01/28/2008

Past Services

Service
Saturday February 02, 2008
11:00 am
Providence Presbyterian Church
5497 Providence Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
757-420-6159 | Directions
Service
Saturday February 02, 2008
12:00 pm
Providence Presbyterian Church
5497 Providence Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
757-420-6159 | Directions

Burton J. Matteson, III, 67, of the 1500 block of Coolspring Way, passed away on Januray 28, 2008 at Sentara Leigh Memorial Hospital. He was born in Houston, TX to the late Cleo and Burton J. Matteson, Jr. He graduated from Clarkson College in Potsdam, NY with a degree in Industrial Distribution. He honorably served his country in the Army Reserves. He continued to serve his country instilling values and excellence in young men as a dedicated Boy Scout leader to Troop 407. He was a member of Providence Presbyterian Church. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 42 years, Anita Matteson, a son Burton J. Matteson, IV and his wife LeeAnne of Virginia Beach, a daughter Elizabeth M. Davis and her husband Derek of Fairfax, VA, his grandchildren; Rebecca, Sarah and Emma Davis and Makaila Matteson, a brother David Matteson and his wife Debbie from the Seattle area, three sisters; Kathy Holmer from the Detroit area, Meredith Mercer and her husband Thomas of Albany, NY and Deborah Solano from the Tulsa area, three nieces Carly, Cindy and Margot, three nephews Alex, Curt and Michael. Also missing him are his sisters-in-law; Dorothy Hackworth and husband Charles, Christine Ussery and husband Joe and their children;three nieces and three nephews. A special thank you to the dedicated doctors, nurses and staff of Sentara Leigh Memorial Hospital.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 2, 2008 at 11:00AM at Providence Presbyterian Church 5497 Providence Road by Reverend Dr. Jeff Bell. Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Rd., Virginia Beach is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boy Scouts, Tidewater Area Council 1032 Heatherwood Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23455 or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 5511 Staples Mill Rd, Suite 202B Richmond, VA 23228. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www. Altmeyer.com. .

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Ron Wirt
7 years ago

A supportive colleague, a wonderful and true friend, a fine gentleman. If a man is measured by the influence he had on others, then it can be said Burt stood taller than most. I have many memories of Burt and I will cherish each one. He will be remembered and missed.

Mary Jean Brogan
7 years ago

Anita – I was so sorry to hear of your husband’s death. May God give you many happy memories to help heal your heart. God bless,

Mary Jean Brogan

Lacey Newman
7 years ago

Anita and family –

I am so sorry for your loss – please accept my deepest sympathies. Burt was a wonderful, warm-hearted person who lit up the room when he walked into it and he will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Dorothy Hackworth
7 years ago

Anita, Beth, Bear & Families

I have been trying to come up with the right words for this. I was sitting at Mama’s piano reflecting on the past week and going through the hymn book and came upon the hymn “I Stand Amazed” – the chorus is “How marvelous! How wonderful!” I could only think that if Burt found this life so “marvelous” then how much more is he using that word now. I love you.

Dorothy

Stephanie Stewart
7 years ago

Burt was my mentor and friend and I miss him deerly. My deepest condolences go out to Anita and the family. Thank you for allowing me to know the love that you shared and being able to share some of that with you. Your family will always be in my prayers.

Elizabeth Benson
7 years ago

Burt was my mentor when I started working at the shipyard in 2001. Ironically enough, he also went to high school in Brewster, NY with my father. Through the years, Burt became my good friend. He & Anita came to my wedding in 2006 and I could not have been more honored to have them both be a part of my special day. Burt was truly one of a kind. I will be forever grateful for having the opportunity to know him and call him my friend. I will miss seeing him walk into the shipyard wearing his leather hat and carrying his brown bag lunch filled with pudding snacks and reduced fat Oreo Cookies! Burt always told me that he calculated that the reduced fat Oreos had more cream filling in them than the regular ones did, and that is why he ate them! He always made me smile when he said that! What a special human being. Burt, fair winds & following seas….

Kathleen Cooper
7 years ago

Dear Anita & Family,

Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Burt was a mentor to many and a friend to all.He will surely be missed and remembered as a fine man.

Brian & Kathleen Cooper

Rich and Pat Armstrong
7 years ago

Dear Anita and all of Burt’s Family,

We want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. May you feel God’s peace and comfort and may special memories of your time with Burt bring a special comfort to you. We will be out of town the day of the service but will be praying for you. We thank God for Burt and all he did to make the world a better place.

Love and prayers,

Rich and Pat

Francisco y Mercedes
7 years ago

Dear Anita, Beth, Bear and Family,

It was a pleasure to have Burt as a great Brother! We will miss him and we will try to follow the great example he was for us. Always positive, optimistic in the good and bad moments. We will always remember him. We love you all.

Meredith Mercer
7 years ago

Dear Anita, Beth, Bear, all the great nieces, and other family,

Burt was a brother that I got to know when we got older. When I became an adult I realized that we had many things in common that I had not known before. As a kid, I remember him as the brother who graduated from college when I was in first grade and made us play cut throat Monopoly with him. He would come home late at night from college and play “Peggy Sue” at top volume and wake us all up and bug my mother to no end. Mom really hated that song! I’m sure that is part of why he played it! But, that is Burt’s signature song for me. The family did a very nice job honoring my brother and I thank them for it. The morning of his passing I had a dream that was so real. Burt and I were riding in his car and when I opened the door to go out he said “Bye Mere”–then I woke up. I knew that was my last words with Burt.

I am so proud of Beth and Burt and their families for how they organized Burt’s memorial. It was beautiful. I will miss my big brother!

Joyce Jones
7 years ago

Dear Kathy —

God’s comfort to you and your family at this time. Remember Isaiah 26:3: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

Mary Ellen Moore
7 years ago

Dear Mere and family,

I’m sorry to hear about Burt’s passing. I know he will be greatly missed by all. It makes us realize how fragile life really is.

Peggy Muldoon Fletcher
7 years ago

I graduated High School with Burt in 1958. I remember him as being a very kind person and so easy to talk with. My heart goes out to the family. I know at the 50th Reunion in June, he will be talked about in kind and missed by all.

Fran and Ken Newman
7 years ago

I have met Burt at several of the gatherings at the clubhouse with my daughters, Lacey and Lori. He has always been very nice and good to the girls. We are saddened by his loss. Fran

Margot Mercer
7 years ago

I never got to know my Uncle Burt that well, but whenever I was with him he was all smiles. I was lucky enough to share this past Thanksgiving with him and will always cherish that memory. My thoughts go out to Anita, Bear and Beth and all the girls–wish I could be there to help you all through. All my love-

Nan Jennings
7 years ago

I retired a few years ago from Newport News after having worked a couple of years in the Engineering Group he was assisting. Burt was a tremendous store of knowledge and experience to the group. I know he will be missed terribly by all. My prayers are with the family at this time.

Teresa Fary
7 years ago

I was so sorry to hear about your loss, my deepest sympathy to you Anita and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time and the days to follow.

Jim McMurtry
7 years ago

I was so sorry to hear of Burts passing.He was such a fine person in such a wonderful family. May God bless you all

James Jim McMurtry III M.D.

Mary C. Bryde
7 years ago

I was so sorry to learn of the death of Burt. He was in our high school class of 1958 and if all went well was going to be part of our reunion in June. My thoughts and prayers go to his family at this most difficult time.

Mary Bryde

Dane J. Small
7 years ago

I worked along side Burt for over 7 years at the Shipyard and always appreciated his depth of knowledge and wit. He was a consummate professional and truly “one of a kind”. All who knew him couldn’t help but to marvel at how he always accomplished the task. During these last trials of his life, whenever I spoke with him, he was always upbeat and positive. His words of encouragement helped me as I was going through cancer surgery. We all are better people for knowing Burt. My prayers and best wishes to Anita, who he adored, and the rest of the family. May the Lord be your strength and provide you with peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Alan Rosen
7 years ago

I worked with Burt during his many years at Newport News. I always enjoyed his humor and common sense. He will be missed by me and all of us here at Alaskan Copper Works. Our deepest condolences to his family.

John Williams
7 years ago

It is with a heavy heart that i read of Burt,s passing,Burt was a pleasure to work with. To Anita, Bear, and all the family I wish only the best in this hard time.

Tom Mercer
7 years ago

It was a pleasure getting to know Burt. His positive attitude especially during this past year was an inspiration.

Carolyn Bain
7 years ago

Kathy, You’re in my Heart and Prayers. God be with you during this

time. Love Carolyn

peggy bryant
7 years ago

Kathy, so very sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you during what I know, is an extremely difficult time for you and your family.

Sincerely,

Peggy

PATTY SOLOMON
7 years ago

Look to God for the help that only he can give. If you need me just call, I am in the employee book, or call the classroom.

Patty S.

The Kid
7 years ago

Missing the “Marvelous” grin.

Diane Stein
7 years ago

My condolences to the entire family. Though I didn’t know him, I heard a lot about him, and I know Burt will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Ray Beisgen
7 years ago

My deepest and heartfelt sympathies to Burt’s family. I worked with Burt for a couple of years while he was a valued member of the community and the Board of Directors of The Commons Condominiums. Burt always chimed in with advice while on the Board and the advice always made sense. He was very nice to me and was never disrespectful. The community has lost an important member.

VALERIE AND BARRY BRASHERS
7 years ago

My deepest and heartfelt sympathies to the Matteson family.Anita my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Becky Williams
7 years ago

My prayers are with you in your time of sadness.

Tony & Sue Conard
7 years ago

Our community has lost a wonderful person and neighbor. Our condolences to Anita & the family.

Pat & Doug Smith
7 years ago

Our deepest sympathies goes out to Burt’s family. Burt was a great man and a joy to work with. He will be truly missed.

Rose and Don MacKay
7 years ago

Our hearts are sad for each of you. We pray that our Heavenly Father bring you comfort and peace–as only He can. The MacKays

Jeanette Walker
7 years ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We pray the Lord will grant you all His great peace that passes all understanding, a peace that only He can give. May His comfort be with you at every moment.

Evelyn Lassiter
7 years ago

Please know that I am with you and share in your sorrow. I know how it feels, and I send my love to all of you.

Debbie Solano
7 years ago

So many of my best childhood memories are directly attributable to Burt’s thoughtfulness and generosity toward his family. He always made sure there was a “boomp-tee-boomp” under the Christmas tree: the 7-man toboggan, the back-yard ice rink, and the Simplicity garden tractor with the wagon which brought us hours of fun. He gave us the overhead garage door opener for the Brewster house. Burt was a seriously competitive Monopoly player. How he loved board games and card games! I remember when David walked off the loft at Beaver Brook and stepped on Burt’s nose while he slept on the couch. He rode all the way to Cape Cod in the rear-facing seat of the old ’57 Dodge station wagon. How he loved Anita. He was so thrilled to find such a wonderful girl. He also loved that red Rambler Rebel. He was so proud of his family and all their accomplishments. Thank you, Burt for teaching us to play Hippo and introducing us to rock âÄòn roll. I love you and will miss you, Boy Scout forever.

David Matteson
7 years ago

So much of who I am today has its roots in having Burt as my big brother. Eleven years older than myself, he was my idol and my role model mostly for the good. I stand in wonderful company with so many others who have loved him and been touched by his life-affirming presence. The world is richer for his time with us.

Ray & Bev Davis
7 years ago

We are deeply saddened and are lifting the family in prayer for comfort and peace of mind. We offer support in any way that may be needed. We love you and cherish your friendship