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Walter E. Matzen

   Inwood, Iowa: Walter Edmund Matzen, passed away on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at Fellowship Village in Inwood, Iowa at the age of 97. After several months of declining health, Walt died peacefully with his wife Marion, by his side. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 pm on Friday, July 10th at the Porter Funeral Home in Inwood. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 11th at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Inwood, beginning at 11 am. There will be a graveside service following the funeral, with lunch served at Bethlehem Lutheran Church following the graveside service. Visitation and the funeral are open to the public, however social distancing and face masks are encouraged (please provide your own mask). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Bethlehem Lutheran Church or Fellowship Village, both in Inwood, Iowa. Condolences may be left for the family at www.porterfuneralhomes.com.


   Walter, son of Friedrich Wilhelm and Bertha (Pries) Matzen, was born in rural Hinton, Iowa on December 4, 1922. He grew up on farms near Fairview, South Dakota and Inwood, Iowa and graduated from Inwood High school in 1941.


   In July of 1944, he joined the Navy, serving in World War II in the Navy Armed Guard. Before the war was over and when he had a leave while in the states, he married the love of his life, Marion Roland on March 28, 1946. In June of 1946, with World War II over, he and Marion moved to the Inwood area, where he farmed until he retired. Once retired, he and Marion moved into Inwood.


   Walt enjoyed serving on various boards in the community, was a 4H leader and an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He enjoyed bowling, golf, playing pool, along with playing cards with many friends and family. He and Marion enjoyed many years of ballroom dancing. Walt and Marion loved to travel; visiting all 50 US states. One of his favorite trips was to Germany to see cousins that he had never met previously.


   He is survived by his wife Marion of 74 years and five children. Dianne (Gordon) Eiesland, Inwood; Donald Matzen, Blair, Nebraska; Paul (Shelley) Matzen, Round Rock, Texas; Kim Matzen, Kaui'a, Hawaii; Beth (Ron) Hoekstra, Castle Rock, Colorado, thirteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers William, Ernest, Albert, Robert and sister Elsie.

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Our sympathy and prayers are with your family.

Becky & Merlyn Wahl Grave Jul 13 2020 12:00 AM

Condolences to the Matzen family. Thinking of you and praying that God will give you strength during this time of mourning.

John deWit Jul 10 2020 12:00 AM

I always enjoyed any opportunity to talk with Walt. He was a gentle man who loved Marion. It was a pleasure knowing him and I have a new fruit tree I will plant soon in his memory. Dan Heinemann MD

Dan heinemann Jul 9 2020 12:00 AM

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. There are many special memories of the Matzen family.

Roger and Judy Piersma Jul 9 2020 12:00 AM

Always enjoyed going to Uncle Walt and Aunt Marion's farm. Walt would show us the baby piglets and how he would take care of them. He loved people and would always spend time with you talking or explaining things. He is very much loved by all of his family. I will miss him.

Jill McNeal Jul 9 2020 12:00 AM