Long time Metolius resident Theodore Winslow Matylinski, Sr., passed away peacefully on March 31, 2014 with family and loved ones by his side.
Ted was born the youngest of five children to Lillian Mokerski and Walter Matylinski on October 5, 1926 in Levant Township, Grand Forks County, North Dakota. Early years found Ted working the family farm and running trap lines to provide food for his family. He was a charter member of the North Dakota Game Wardens, achieving their highest awards for his involvement. His artistic skills emerged early as an illustrator for his high school newspaper.
He left high school in his junior year to join the war effort, entered the Navy, and fought in WWII. Ted served aboard the USS Decker DE-47 Destroyer and the USS Papago ATF-160 Fleet Ocean Tug.
After discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1946, Ted attended the Gail Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He began his life long career with the railroads when he was hired by the Chicago and Great Western Railroad. A job with Great Northern Railroad in Minnesota shortly followed.
His career took him to Oregon in 1948. He worked as an Agent-Telegrapher in Portland and Redmond before becoming the Maupin station agent for Burlington Northern in 1954. He settled in as station master in Metolius, Oregon in 1956, serving in that role until its closure in 1973. Ted also closed the Madras and Maupin stations, marking his place in Oregon and railroad history. Ted’s dedication and strong work ethic was honored when he received the Employee of the Month and Employee of the Year awards in 1973 out of Burlington Northern Railroad’s 44,000 employees. He retired in 1988.
A true renaissance man, Ted approached life with passion and commitment, living out a strong service ethic to community and country.
Ted was an active member of the Redmond post of Veterans of Foreign Wars, (VFW), Deschutes Post 4018, serving as Quartermaster, participating in the post’s Drum and Bugle Corp and the Firing Squad.
Ted’s dedication to the Boy Scouts spanned decades, serving in Troop 328 in Maupin, Troop 22 in Culver, Troop 29 in Metolius, and Troop 58 in Madras. In 1984 he received the Silver Beaver Award, the organization’s highest award for service to youth. In 1985, he received the Saint George Emblem, awarded for significant contributions to the spiritual needs and development of Scouts.
Ted gave 23 years of service to the city of Metolius as a city councilman, police commissioner, and mayor.
Ted was a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Madras.
A keen outdoorsman, Ted camped, fished, and hunted throughout Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. Many adventures included horse wrangling and trail rides with pack strings of horses and mules. Fellow campers carry memories of the tall tales told around the camp fire and Ted’s love of debating a subject from any viewpoint.
Painting, sketching and photography were passions he continued all his life leading him to involvement in the Madras Art Club, and juried photography competitions. Much of his art featured Ted’s beloved outdoors.
An amateur historian, Ted delighted in researching and exploring, spending countless hours discovering sites of historical significance. In the 1990s, he taught community education classes for Central Oregon Community College in Madras, focusing on the Oregon Trail and the Meek Route. He simply loved history.
He is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Ann “Beckett” Matylinski, Wenatchee, Washington, and his son Theodore Winslow “Thor” Matylinski, Jr., Milwaukee, Oregon; sisters Sarah Devine, and Susan Briske, both of Grand Forks, North Dakota; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Ted was preceded in death by his wife, Rosalie Jane Edwards, his parents, and siblings Elizabeth Erickson and Clement Matylinski.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the VFW Deschutes Post 4018, PO Box 1685, Redmond, Oregon, 97756: 541-923-8591.
A public internment with full military honors will be held Wednesday, April 9, 10 a.m., at Mt. Jefferson Memorial Cemetery, Madras.
Rosary and Memorial Mass will be held at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Redmond, Wednesday, April 9, at 12 noon and 1 p.m. respectively, with reception to follow at the church. Casual dress encouraged.
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