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Frank Matter, 89, of Springfield, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001, at St. John Lutheran Home.
Services are 1:30 p.m. Friday at St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Springfield with burial in the church cemetery.
Visitation is 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at St. Raphael's Catholic Church. There is a parish prayer service at noon and a men's rosary at 1 p.m. Friday at the church.
Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield is handling the arrangements.
He is survived sons, Frank, Jr. and wife Arlene Matter of New Ulm, Steven Matter of Springfield; daughters, Beth Heiderscheidt of Spicer, Joyce Ourada of Belview, Monica and husband Dean Stenzel of Heron Lake, Paulette and husband John Haag of Bemidji, Janel Matter of Springfield, Kathyrn and husband Jeff Baune of Vesta; 18 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Hannah; son, James; brothers, Louis, August, Joseph, Benjamin, Edward, William and Erwin; and sisters Theresa and Philomena.
He was born on March 20, 1912, to Joseph and Mary (Ramsbacher) Matter, in North Star Township. He attended country school and farmed with his family until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in March 1942. He served in the 357th Infantry Battalion, 90th Infantry Division, known as the "Tough Hombres." He was involved with the invasion of Normandy and landed on Omaha Beach. He spent some time in a hospital in England after he was wounded, but he returned to combat in the Battle of the Bulge. He finished his fourth tour of duty after contracting yellow jaundice and was discharged in 1945. He married Hannah Pfarr on Nov. 26, 1942, at St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Springfield. After the service, he returned to farm with his family and also worked for Art Bielen Tiling until he retired in the 1970s. He was a member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church and a former Knight of Columbus. He was a member of the Farm Bureau, NFO and Springfield American Legion.

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