April 26, 1958 – November 21, 2013
Richard Matthies, age 55, of 203 West 4th Street, died November 21, 2013, at the VA Medical Center in Des Moines surrounded by his family.
His body has been cremated. A Memorial Service will be Thursday, December 5, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Augustana Lutheran Church with Rev. Daniel Solomon officiating. Burial of his cremains will be in the Linwood Park Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the Boone Veterans Council.
Friends may call at the Schroeder Memorial Chapel at Sixth and Marshall on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, from 2 until 8 p.m. where the family will be present from 6 until 8 p.m.
Rich was born on April 26, 1958, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Otto and Ruth (Teed) Matthies.
He graduated from Boone High School in 1976. He went on to Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, where he received an Associate’s Degree in Building Trades.
Rich worked many construction jobs until he joined the Air Force in 1982. His plan was to be a career serviceman when in 1991 he received a medical discharge due to multiple sclerosis.
On June 10, 1978, Rich married Cindy (Ober) Matthies at the Augustana Lutheran Church in Boone.
Rich and Cindy lived in Stanhope, Iowa, Hahn AB, Germany, Loring AB, Maine, and Ellsworth AB, South Dakota, and returned to Boone with sons Ben and Greg.
Rich was known for his love of country music, John Wayne, and his three “P’s” Pepsi, Pizza, and Pop-tarts.
He loved and enjoyed his family especially spending time with granddaughter Em, and the dogs (Suzie, Ava and Mugsy).
Rich also loved going to ISU women’s basketball and volleyball games.
He enjoyed Yahtzee, playing cards, and solving word searches.
Rich was a longstanding member of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and he was a member of the American Legion Post #56.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years Cindy Matthies of Boone; two sons Benjamin (Elizabeth) Matthies and Gregory Matthies, all of Boone; a granddaughter Emmalynn Matthies of Boone; his father-in-law Dean Ober of Dayton; two sisters Theresa (Steven) Bodenstab of Woodridge, Illinois, and Karen (Dave) Wilson of Boone; a brother John (Kitty) Matthies of Santa Ana, California; twelve nieces and nephews; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandson Zebedee Matthies; his parents Otto and Ruth Matthies; his mother-in-law Arlene Ober; and his sister-in-law June Ober.
In memory of Rich, memorials may be directed to the Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation or to ChildServe.Information provided by: Schroeder Memorial Chapel, Inc. 1006 6th Street Boone, IA 50036 www.schroedermemorialchapel.com