Allen D. Matthews

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Fairbank: Allen Dean Matthews, age 67, passed away Friday, March 31, 2017 at his home. Al was born January 4, 1950 in Oelwein, IA, son of Keith and Lorna (Fortsch) Matthews. He graduated from Wapsie Valley High School in 1968 and from Universal Trades School, Omaha, in 1969.

Al married Karen Allen on October 18, 1969 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fairbank. He was employed as a service technician in Cedar Rapids and Oelwein; a machinist at Corn Blossom in Independence and worked in maintenance at John Deere Waterloo Tractor Works for 30 years, retiring in 2003. Following his retirement, Al was employed part-time by DuBois Chemical for ten years.

He was a loving father, proud of his children and grandchildren and enjoyed attending school activities and sporting events as well as golfing with friends.

Al is survived by Karen, his wife of 47 years; a daughter, Melissa (Gerhard) Boeschen of Dunkerton; a son, Jason (Denise) Matthews of Randolph, Minnesota; seven grandchildren; Jacob, Morgan, McKenna, McKayla, Mariah, and MeLayna Boeschen of Dunkerton; Courtney (Josiah) Bachtle of Owatonna, Minnesota; two great grandsons, Grayson and Bennett Bachtle. He is also survived by his father-in-law, Dean Allen of Fairbank; three sisters-in-law, Carol (Mike) Tilley, Bloomington, Indiana; Mary Kay (Denny) Frost, Fairbank and Pam (Gary) Miller, Rosemount, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, David Matthews and Darrell Matthews and a sister-in-law, Marilyn; his mother-in-law, Marie Allen; step mother-in-law, Frances Trebon Allen and a niece, Liza Frost.

Services: 10:30 am Tuesday April 4, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fairbank.

Visitation: 4:00-7:00 pm, Monday April 3, 2017 at Woods Funeral Home, Fairbank with a 7:00 pm scripture service.

Interment: Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Fairbank.

Memorials: to the family.

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Condolences for Allen D. Matthews

  1. Sympathy to the family. My sister Betty (actually our whole family) always thought so much of the Matthews family. Prayers to all of you.

  2. Condolences to the family. Enjoyed Al as a golfing friend at Wapsie Ridge playing with him. Always a smile and friendly face to talk to.

  3. What a special friend and outstanding man Al was. We will dearly miss him but will never forget him. Warmest thoughts, much love, and continued prayers are with you, Karen, and the Matthews family. May God bless you all~~💟

  4. Karen and family, we are sending our condolences at this very difficult time. We’ll keep Al and your entire family in our prayers.

  5. Karen & family,
    Our sincere sympathy to you & your family. We will cherish the fun memories we shared on a recent bus trip. Know our thoughts and prayers will be with you.

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