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Edward Matlage

Edward Clyde Matlage, son of Clem Edward & Lillie Marie (Dawson) Matlage, was born in Des Moines, Iowa on June 18, 1953. He was welcomed home by an older sister, Terrll and later would help welcome younger brother, Scott.

Ed grew up in Des Moines and graduated from Southeast Polk High School. Ed married Denise Reed on June 2, 1990. To this union, two children were born; Brian and Heather.

Ed was a hardworking man with several talents. He was mechanical and he owned and operated a small engine repair shop. For 20+ years, Ed was a building engineer at Ruan Corporation, retiring in August 2015. While not working, Ed had an appreciation of things that grow. He had a large garden with tomatoes, cabbage, green beans and a variety of other vegetables. Ed was a kind-hearted caring man who talked to his mom every day and his mother-in-law at least once a week. As his mom's illness intensified, Ed moved to Beaconsfield to care for her and after her death, he continued to live in Beaconsfield.

Ed passed away on November 17, 2016 upon arrival to the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr. He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law Ralph Reed; 2 brother-in-law's, Roger Reed and Leslie Reed.

Those left to cherish and share his memory include his three children Amy Matlage, Brian Matlage, and Heather Matlage; four grandchildren Travis Sotter, Kandice Sotter, Izabell Patton, and Natalia Matlage; Denise Matlage; siblings Terrll (Kevin) Brobst and Scott (Rhonda) Matlage; mother-in-law Arlene Reed; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A memorial fund has been established in his name to be decided later.

Services: 2:00 pm ~ Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016
Armstrong Funeral Home - Mt Ayr
Officiating: Pastor Bill Armstrong
Open Visitation: 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm Mon, Nov 21
Family Present: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Tues, Nov 22
Armstrong Funeral Home
Burial: Ellston Cemetery - Ellston, IA
Memorials: In his name to be decided later

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I will miss Ed, he was my Bestman at my wedding. Kept saying " Ya still sure ya want to do this?"..lol. I could always speak freely with Ed, he was a strait shooter kind of guy, and had no hestitation in speaking his mind also. He will be greatly missed.

Robert Olinger Dec 3 2016 12:00 AM

We are so very sorry to hear of Ed's passing. Our hearts go out to his family & friends...especially to Denise & their children. Love you my friend & always know that we are here for you <3

Traci & Mike Moreno Nov 21 2016 12:00 AM

I remember Eddie from grade school and then to high school. He was 4 yrs older than me and he always had my back. When I would get picked on Eddie was always there to take care of it. He was a true friend. I'm sorry for your loss. He made the world a better place.

Larry Slight Nov 21 2016 12:00 AM

I am sorry for your loss. Ed would of went to school with my husband Mike Pratt. Graduated in 72. God bless you and his family in this time of grief.

teri hunter (collier) Nov 20 2016 12:00 AM