Alfred “Big Al” Mattke, on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, Al passed peacefully and was reunited with his love, Judy. 
On Jan. 20, 1938, Al was born to Royal and Mary Mattke in Milwaukee. His dream of living in the Northwoods was inspired by his trips to visit his grandparents in Woodruff. As he got older, Al would make the trek to Woodruff from Milwaukee on his bicycle. Sometimes getting food and shelter from area farmers. While working at Frankfurth Hardware, he met the love of his life Judy. They were eventually married on Sept. 20, 1971. 
In 1981, he realized his dream of moving to the Northwoods and for 41 years, he has called Eagle River his home. While living in the Northwoods, his love for hunting excelled. In 1992, Al bagged the deer of a lifetime, a 13-point non typical buck. Al’s time in Eagle River was not all hunting. He also became active in the Eagle River Recreational Association and the Eagle River Figure Skating Club, as well as serving on the Whitetails Unlimited Board and an elder for Our Savior Lutheran Church. In his retirement, Al found a new set of friends and family while working at Custom Landscaping. 
Al is survived by his daughters Amanda, Lori Anne (Matt) Schrank, Jodi Rose and a son, Richard. He is further survived by his granddaughters Kristy (Michael) Vogt, Tammy (Dennis) Winton and Teresa Schrank. Along with great-grandchildren Delanie & Jax Vogt. 
Al was proceeded in death by his wife Judy, his parents Royal & Mary Mattke and brothers-in- law Bob Brauer & Leo Zimmerman. 
A celebration of life will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Eagle River on Saturday Aug. 27. Visitation from 9 a.m. to noon and a service at noon. 
Arrangements by Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home, Eagle River.  Online condolences may be expressed at