Vigen Memorial Home obituary – Allen L. Matous, 89, Keokuk

Allen Lee Matous, 89, of Keokuk died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020.

Allen Lee Matous, 89, of Keokuk, IA died Saturday, August 15, 2020 at the Ottumwa Regional Heath Center in Ottumwa, IA.

     He was born on July 11, 1931 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Frank and Agnes Callahan Matous. He graduated from Keokuk High School with the Class of 1951.

    On December 12, 1960, he was united in marriage to Joyce Smith at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Keokuk.  She preceded him in death on June 9, 2012.    

     Allen was a veteran of the United States Navy and proudly served in the 7th Fleet during the Korean War.

      He had been employed with Roquette America in Keokuk for thirty-eight years before his retirement.

    Allen was of the Catholic faith.   He was a member of VFW Post 3508 and Grain Millers Union Local 48G.

     Allen enjoyed fishing, playing cards and weightlifting.  In 1957, Allen won the State of Iowa heavyweight weightlifting championship.  

     He is survived by two daughters, Tamara (Edmond) Archambault of New Port Richey, FL and Julie Matous of Keokuk,  eleven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, two sisters in law, Janet Ayers of Keokuk and Judy Davis of Mexico, MO,  along with many nieces, nephews and many friends.

     Besides his wife he was also preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Darlene Tuttle.

     A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday at the Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk with Pastor Derek Olsen officiating. Burial with military rites will be in the Keokuk National Cemetery.

     Social distancing requirements will be in place and attendees may be limited according to those requirements.  Masks are strongly encouraged.  

     Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

     Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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