David Francis Matt, 72, of Cedar Rapids, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 28, 2016, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy following a courageous two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Services: 10 a.m. Monday at St. John XXIII Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids, by the Rev. Dustin Vu. Burial: 2:30 p.m. Monday at Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines. A Scripture service will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Teahen Funeral Home, where friends may visit with the family from 3 to 7 p.m., and after 9 a.m. on Monday at the church.
David is survived by his wife, Sandy; three children, Christa (Doug) Gach of Waukee, Stephanie (Travis) Hodapp of Ankeny and Brad (Kelli) Matt of Windsor Heights; four grandchildren, Sydney Hodapp, Morgan Gach, Evan Hodapp and Colin Gach; five sisters, Kathleen (Marv) Lahti, Judy (Cletus) White, Mary (Daryl) Helgerson, Phyllis (Bob) Ottaway and Linda (Mike) Plaht; three brothers, Delbert (Eileen) Matt, James (Debbie) Matt and Ricky Matt; three sisters-in-law, Peggy (Jerry) Becker, Jeanne McGrath and Gerri (Tim) Allison; two brothers-in-law, Harold (Kristi) Hageman and Bill (Jennie) Hageman; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Odelia Matt; mother- and father-in-law, Lillian and Adrian Hageman; and brother-in-law, Dick Johnson.
David was born Dec. 28, 1943, in Postville, the son of Harold and Odelia Stroschein Matt. He attended Loras College. He married Sandra Hageman on Aug. 29, 1970, at Our Lady of Seven Dolors in Festina. He served in the Vietnam War from 1965 to 1967. David worked at Farmstead Foods for 23 years, then as a systems operator for 21 years at General Mills, retiring in 2012.
David lived his life surrounded by his family and friends and enjoyed being with his grandkids. He was a handyman who also took pleasure in gardening, golfing, playing cards and going to casinos.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, St. John XXIII Catholic Church or Hospice of Mercy.
Online condolences may be left at www.teahenfuneralhome.com.
Posted on Saturday, 30 July 2016