Reuben Matter

May 17, 1921December 3, 2018

Reuben Martin Matter entered Heaven’s gates on December 3, 2018, at the age of 97. He was born on May 17, 1921 in Madison, SD, to Ferdinand and Lydia Matter. Reuben was raised on a farm near Miller, SD, along with a younger brother, Benjamin. Reuben was five when their father passed away, thus shaping a very hard-working and responsible young man who continued his education and earned a business degree. On January 22, 1947, he married Ruby Gross and they celebrated 66 years together. In 2013, Ruby was called to her Heavenly home on Dec. 3 at age 97, sharing the same age and date.

Reuben and Ruby moved the family from Miller to Seattle, WA in 1966 where he began his work at Boeing. They were long-time members of Lakeridge Lutheran Church until their move to Panorama Retirement Community in Lacey in 1999. Reuben was very dedicated to his church and family, and is remembered by a son, Mark Matter (Barbara); daughter Marlys Everson (Robert); and three grandchildren, Joshua Everson, Cara Aeschliman (Peter), and Michelle Caro (Antonio). He was also blessed to have five great-grandchildren, Rogue and Huxley Everson, and Frieda, Antonio III, and Veronica Caro. He is also survived by his brother, Ben Matter, and many extended family members and friends.

Dad had such a kind and gentle spirit, always soft-spoken and patient, with a wry sense of humor. He enjoyed working with his hands and was a master builder, skilled woodworker, mechanic, and retired Boeing machinist. He loved road trips, classical music, playing pool, and family visits. In his retirement, he meticulously researched and documented his genealogy and Lutheran heritage.

Our family sincerely thanks the wonderful Panorama staff and caregivers who dignified his life with love and respect. Donations may be made to Panorama’s Benevolent Fund or a favorite charity.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 1 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 2109 College St. SE, Lacey, WA 98503.

Arrangements by Mills & Mills Funeral Home in Tumwater, WA – Interment at Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery in Seattle, WA.

“For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.” Philippians 1:21-23


  • Celebration of Life Monday, December 17, 2018

Reuben Matter

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