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Richard "Rich" Ernest Matthews

December 30, 1946 — June 12, 2022

Richard "Rich" Ernest Matthews,75, passed away peacefully June 12, 2022 at Signature Healthcare Hillcrest in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Rich spent the majority of his life in Highland Park, IL where he lived with the love of his life, Ann Matthews, wife of 45 years. Together they raised their beautiful daughter, Kelly, who he adored.

Rich had a deep passion for two things: his family and guitar. Rich grew up with his father Ernest Matthews, mother Louise, and brother Scott, where he developed a deep love of music and playing guitar. He attended New Trier East High School, served in the USAF and studied classical guitar at DePaul and Roosevelt University. Rich played professionally and taught throughout the Chicago area.

The simplest pleasures in life brought great joy to Rich; good company, meaningful conversations, listening to classical guitar music, a nice glass of wine, reading a good book, watching tennis, caring for his dogs, practicing guitar, and playing in England at the Dillington Guitar Festival. But most importantly was his devotion to his wife and daughter.

His love for family and music will live forever in our hearts. Rich is survived by his wife, Ann; daughter Kelly & son-in-law Aaron (Klausing); grandsons Connor & Milo (Klausing); brother Scott (Mary Ellen) Matthews; niece Carly Matthews; nephews Wesley (Vivi) and Keith Matthews; great nieces and nephews Owen, Erin, Eva and Oliver Matthews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louise & Ernest Matthews of Glenview, Illinois.

Anyone who wishes to honor Rich's memory is welcome to contribute to his grandson's college fund via

Memorial services are pending. Care by Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory.

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