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Frank Mattivi Sr.

Frank Mattivi Sr.
November 8, 1918February 2, 2018

Our grandfather, Frank Mattivi Sr., 99, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., went to be with the Lord, Our Savior, and our grandmother, Lorena June Clevenger, on Feb. 2, 2018.

Our 99-years-young grandfather lived a long life. We are very proud to call him our grandfather, our hero, and our mentor for the things he has done, and taught us, and for our freedom, our country.

Our grandfather married our grandmother, June, on March 29, 1946. This union was blessed with four children: James who precedes his parents in death, John, Nancy and Frank. Out of these children our grandfather has eight grandchildren: Debbie, Shaun, Staci, Travis, Joe, James, Jennifer and Erin; 12 great-grandchildren: Richard, Megan, Amanda, Sean, Trevor, Elissa, Tyler, Jessica, Hailey, Cade, Cody and Cameron; 12 great-great-grandchildren: Macie, Madison, Cooper, Lucas, Jace, Dominic, Bryant, Slater, Rylee, Ryan, Reagan, and a new baby due in March.

Frank Mattivi Sr.

Frank Mattivi Sr.

Our grandfather signed up for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1938. He served in Idaho, Minnesota, and Iowa. On Jan. 16, 1941, our grandfather went to Des Moines, Iowa, and enlisted in the 34th Division of the Iowa National Guard. It wasn’t long before he was sent to Camp Claiborne, Louisiana for basic training.

After going overseas, grandpa volunteered to join a new American commando outfit that was being formed. Grandpa was assigned to D Company, 1st Ranger Battalion known as Darby’s Rangers, which were trained by British commanders in Scotland. This group was one of the original first 500 United States Army Rangers. Our grandfather was handpicked by Colonel William Darby. Our grandfather was among the best of the best of elite military outfits in the world. He participated in the North African Campaign (NAC). Rangers spearheaded the landing at Arzew, Algeria, invading Algeria on his birthday, and moved into Tunisia for a successful mission at Sened Station and El Guettar. After those campaigns were concluded Darby’s Rangers were expanded from one battalion to three. Grandpa transferred to the 1st Battalion Company F, serving as Cadre to the new volunteers.

Grandpa was awarded the following medals as a result of his service: Good Conduct Medal, 1st Ranger Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Infantry Badge, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 5 Bronze Stars for the following battles: Algeria-French-Morocco, Tunisia, Sicily, Naples-Foggia and Anzio, American Defense Service Medal, 6 Overseas Service Bars, Service Stripes, Prisoner of War Medal and Purple Heart.

Grandpa mustered out of the Army in 1945, he then joined the Army Reserves in 1945 and was honorably discharged Sept. 1, 1948.

Our grandfather was an Army 1st Sergeant during WWII. He was inducted in U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame on July 12, 2012, a very special first-class group. His induction in the Hall of Fame was for outstanding leadership, heroism and service. He saved numerous Rangers, with complete disregard for his own life by dropping a grenade in an enemy tank. In Venafro, Italy, he was wounded in action, refusing treatment, afraid he wouldn’t return to his unit. Our grandfather was a prisoner of war, captured in 1944, spending 16 months in a Stalag P.O.W. Camp.

Our grandfather returned to civilian life where he raised his family and worked his farm.

Grandpa worked at Leeds Assembly, manufacturer of Chevrolets, until a strike in 1951. He then manufactured tanks for semis until 1951. Grandpa was employed at Ford Motor Company, manufacturing B-525 Bomber wings from 1951 to 1957. When Ford started manufacturing vehicles, he remained with the company. In 1963, he was promoted to foreman, retiring in 1979 after 35 years of service.

Grandpa was a member of WWII Ranger Association, life member of Excelsior Springs VFW, member of American Legion and of the U.S. Army Ranger Association.

In his spare time, he had a body shop, restoring Mustangs. He also did odd jobs around Excelsior Springs, including adding on to Mill Inn with his son, Frankie. He helped auctioneer with Gary Ryther and loved his guns.

Visitation will be held from 10-11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 8, at Excelsior Springs United Methodist Church with services immediately following. Burial with full military honors will be held at Hillcrest Cemetery in Excelsior Springs, Mo.

Arrangements provided by Bross and Spidle Funeral Home of Excelsior Springs.

 

 

By Brittany Zegers • zegers@leaderpress.com

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7 Responses to Frank Mattivi Sr.

  1. rose reece Reply

    February 6, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Family sorry for your loss may God be with you

  2. Tom Cox Reply

    February 6, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    What a good man a defender of our freedom thank God for this man and his service

  3. Ed Humphries Reply

    February 7, 2018 at 11:35 am

    May the Lord comfort you in your time of sorrow. He was a great man and a great veteran who served with such honor. It will be my honor to stand for him at his service as a member of the Patriot Guard Riders. God Bless!

  4. JOHN LEAVITT Reply

    February 7, 2018 at 11:37 am

    FRANK WILL BE MISSED FROM A LOT OF PEOPLE THE AROUND TABLE AT THE MILL INN AND A LOT MORE GOD BLESS THE FAMILY STAY STROUNG

  5. Megan Roe Reply

    February 7, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    How dare u people rewrite what we wrote and how we as a family wanted it and how disrespectful to our family and our grandfather upon families request we want it changed back to how we wanted it and how he had it u don’t know how many family u have updated and made very mad u all should be very ashamed of urselves

    • Brittany Zegers Reply

      February 7, 2018 at 4:52 pm

      We have amended the obituary to the original, first-person, format, and meant no disrespect to the family.

      On a personal note, I appreciate Frank’s commitment to our country and I thank you, his family, for his remarkable service to our country. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.

  6. Cheryl eberts Reply

    February 7, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Im sorry for your loss msy god be with you snd your family. I love you all

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