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Robert D. Matthews

Robert Duane Matthews, 68, of Brainerd, passed away Sunday, August 23, 2014 at Esssentia Health St. Josephs Medical Center. Services will be held at 12:30 PM, Sunday, August 31, 2014 at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter with Pastor Hans Anderson officiating. Family and friends are invited to gather Saturday evening from 5-7 PM at the Brenny Funeral Chapel and again Sunday morning one hour prior to services. Interment will take place at Popular Cemetery near Leader on Sunday, September 7 at 3:00 PM.

Robert was born to Albert E. Matthews and Vivian E. (Grove) Matthews on June 5, 1946 in Staples, MN. He graduated from Staples High School in 1964 and attended Staples Vocational School where he earned a degree in drafting. He married Rita Louise Tholl on August 28, 1965. They lived in Mora, MN until 1977 when they built their home in Brainerd. Bob worked for MNDOT for 37 years and retired in 2002. He enjoyed being with his family, spending winters in McAllen, TX, and traveling the country in their RV. Bob enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, boating, snowmobiling, and being outdoors. Robert is survived by his wife, Rita, of Brainerd, his children, Melissa (Scott) Swisher, of St. Louis Park and Rebecca Matthews, of Pillager; grandson, Sam Swisher; sister, Sandra Cory, of Staples, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Virginia; and brother, Bill.

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