April 26, 1958 November 21, 2013

Richard Matthies, 55, of Boone, died November 21, 2013, at the VA Medical Center in Des Moines. His body was cremated and a Memorial Service will be Thursday, December 5, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Augustana Lutheran Church in Boone. Burial of his cremains will be in the Linwood Park Cemetery in Boone.

Friends may call at the Schroeder Memorial Chapel at Sixth and Marshall in Boone on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, from 2 to 8 p.m. with family present after 6 p.m.

Rich was born on April 26, 1958, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Otto and Ruth (Teed) Matthies. He graduated from Boone High School in 1976 and then from DMACC – Ankeny, where he received an Associate’s Degree in Building Trades. He worked many construction jobs until joining 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 in Boone. The couple 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 his dogs (Suzie, Ava and Mugsy). He loved going to ISU women’s basketball and volleyball games, playing Yahtzee and 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, IL, and Karen (Dave) Wilson of Boone; a brother John (Kitty) Matthies of Santa Ana, CA; 12 nieces and nephews; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Zebedee Matthies, mother-in-law Arlene Ober, and sister-in-law June Ober.

Memorials may be directed to the Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation or to ChildServe. Online condolences may be made to