Clifford Mathew Matta, 93, of West Point, IA, passed away at 5:20 a.m. on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at the West Point Care Center. He was born on September 23, 1927 in Wadena County, MN to Matt H. & Jennie A. Ohlgren Matta. Cliff was proud of his Finnish Heritage, as Finnish was his first language and he had to be taught English in a country school. He married Arleen V. Kinnunen on July 23, 1949 in Menahga, MN. He started in 1949 with the Santa Fe Railroad as a telegraph & teletype operator and retired as a train dispatcher with 42 years of service. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII and was proud that he was able to go on an Honor Flight. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and served on the church council and was the financial secretary. He also served on the property & memorial committees. He was a member of the Fort Madison Area Art Association, North Lee County Historical Society, Fort Madison Area Ostomy Support Group and supported Old Fort Players. He was a past member of the Fort Madison Eagles Club & Moose Lodge. He enjoyed traveling, concerts, playing music, plays, playing cards, feeding & watching birds and working in his flower garden. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren & great grandchildren.
Cliff is survived by: his wife: Arleen Matta of West Point, IA; 2-daughters: Verla (Chuck) Tanner of Fort Madison, IA & Debra (Mark) Dougherty of Urbandale, IA; 3-grandchildren: Amy (Brian) McCarty of Kirksville, MO, Mathew (Jessica) Tanner of Washington, IL & Nathan (Rachel) Matta of Waukee, IA; 5-great grandchildren: Haley McCarty, Lauren & Carson Tanner, Mia McCarty & Mariel Matta. He was preceded in death by his parents, 4-sisters & 3-brothers.
Cremation has been entrusted to the care of King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory. A memorial service will be held at a later date at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fort Madison. Burial will be held at Meadow Apostolic Cemetery in Menahga, MN. A memorial has been established for St. Paul Lutheran Church and memorials may be sent to: Verla Tanner, 22 Cindy Drive, Fort Madison, IA 52627. Online condolences to Cliff’s family may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: www.kinglynk.com.