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Larry Matthews, age 85, of Richfield, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, passed away November 17, 2013. Preceded in death by parents Lewis and Orlinda Matthews, sisters Betty Reiter and Gerene Wooldridge, all of the great state of Iowa. Larry is survived by devoted wife of 59 years, Barb; children, Pam Matthews Kerber, Jeff (Deb), Joe (Stephanie), John (Kathe), Mary (Scott) Tracy, Amy (Jon) Purintun; 15 grandchildren, Lindsay, Jason, Paul, Allison, Alyssa, Natalie, Kristen, Brett, Justin, Zach, Nick, Ava, Sarah, Ella and Julia; sister Shirley (Dorrance) Brady; and loving nieces and nephews.
Larry was born and grew up on a farm in Greeley, Iowa. After enlisting and spending 2 years in the Army as a Morse Code Operator, he earned his Agricultural Engineering degree at Iowa State College, fulfilling his dream of becoming an engineer. Larry went on to work for Case Corporation, Univac and Control Data. Larry and 2 other CDC men spun off a successful power supply company, Zytec, which won the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1991. After Larry retired in 1993, he spent his time mentoring, advising, and supporting people with a dream of building their own businesses. Larry was a devoted family man and loved coaching his kids’ baseball and basketball teams, and in later years, attending any and every sporting event or activity starring his grandchildren. He was their number one fan!
Larry was a man of deep faith and loved his dear Church of the Assumption and volunteered anywhere needed, from sweeping the Metropolitan Stadium to fund the Activities Building to ushering, lectoring, and managing the Beer Tent for the Fun Fest. Larry also served on the Board of Trustees for Blessed Trinity and the Academy of Holy Angels. He was a passionate supporter of Catholic Education. Larry was an avid traveler, enjoying trips that drew him all around the world for work and adventure. In retirement he continued to travel and road-trip whenever he could. Larry was a humble, gentle, kind, and generous man who always appreciated an invitation to lunch, a good cup of coffee, and a nice stack of pancakes. Larry will be deeply missed by his family and friends and all who knew him.
As Larry would say, “It’s a wonderful life!” God Bless you, Dad. Thanks for giving us a wonderful life.
Memorials are preferred to The Church of the Assumption, St. Paul Seminary or Academy of Holy Angels Endowment Fund.