Matthew “Matt” Nelson Kroeger was born October 28, 1993 in North Kansas City, Mo. Matt passed away on March 2, 2017 in Kearney, Mo., at the age of 23.
Matt was born to David Gilbert Kroeger of Kearney, Mo., and Anne Marie (Worthington) Shelley of Walla Walla, Wash.
Matt’s life activities included golf, cross country, playing basketball, soccer, and tennis. Matt was a wonderful vocalist and was invited with the Kearney High School Chamber Choir to sing in Carnegie Hall. The group singing the song “Ave Maria” in the New York subway was an amazing experience as a large crowd gathered.
Matt was an avid lifelong gamer. His World of Warcraft skills with his character “Cattoy” were legendary, as was his famous mechanical squirrel. Matt was an accomplished composer of electronic music. He spent hundreds of hours distilling down and perfecting his songs.
Matt also enjoyed time at the lake, swimming, wakeboarding and water fighting with his friends and cousins. Matt’s many trips to the Oregon Coast with family were one of his favorite things. Matt snowboarded and that was one of his joys in the winter.
After high school, Matt applied and was accepted into the United States Air Force. He finished basic training and was on his way through technical school before a medical condition ended his military path. He was very proud of what he could accomplish while there.
Matt had a quiet contemplation and an “in the moment” way of living. His sensitivity to the world around him made him unique and wonderful. Matthew’s smile would always make someone’s day along with his gentle humor. Blessed was everyone who met Matt.
Matt was proceeded in death by his paternal grandmother, Joyce Kroeger of Kearney, Mo.
Matt is survived by David Kroeger and step mother, Joan (Spreitzer) Kroeger of Kearney, and Anne Shelley and step father, Chuck Shelley of Thornton, Colo. Matt leaves three siblings, Brent Kroeger of Walla Walla, Wash., Jonathon Kroeger, who attends college at Truman State University, and Emily Spreitzer, who attends The University of Missouri, Kansas City. Paternal grandfather, Gilbert E. Kroeger, resides in Kearney, Mo. Maternal grandparents, Albert and Gayle Worthington make their home in Walla Walla, Wash., and Joan’s parents, Tom and Dotty Spretizer live in Lake Lotawana, Mo. Chuck’s parents, Bill and Linda McClure, make their home in Sun City West, Ariz. Matt has been blessed with three large combined families of loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Their love helped him in many wonderful ways throughout his life.
Matt also leaves behind many high school teachers in Kearney and Walla Walla, Wash., that helped guide him along on his life’s journey. Of special significance to Matt would be his vocal music teacher, Jason Elam, who constantly challenged and inspired Matt.
Matt’s friends were many and varied. His infectious smile touched many people. Matt was a keen observer of nature and a friend to every pet, wild animal or insect that crossed his path.
A visitation and memorial service will be held at the Kearney First United Methodist Church located at 1000 E. St. Hwy. 92, Kearney, MO 64060. Visitation will be held on Friday evening, March 10, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A celebration of Matt’s life and sharing of memories will follow the visitation.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Whole Person.
Arrangements in the care of Fry-Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Kearney, Mo.
Our Sincere Condolences
Matt made a splash of color in all of our hearts. Though he is gone now, we won’t ever forget the fun loving kid and all of our adventures together as a family. RIP Matt! You are loved eternally!
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this time and in the days ahead.
Such a beautiful remembrance. Our hearts ache so deeply for your loss. If there’s anything we can do – please don’t hesitate to call. Our deepest regrets. Our warmest thoughts. And a special prayer for peace as you say good-bye. Much peace. Much, much love.
From the Simmons Family
Dear David, Grandpa and all the family
I am so shocked and so very saddened. My sympathy. Hugs and prayers.
All my love, Diane
We are so sorry for your loss. We extend our prayers and sympathy to your family. May you find peace and comfort at this time.
Paul & Kim Freese
Dear Kroeger Family,
My deepest sympathies for your family. I will continue to keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. May Matthew fly high in heaven to be watching over you all. God Bless your family and I am very sorry for your loss.
Thoughts & prayers are with you. May you always carry the wonderful memories with you. Take care!
My deepest condolences for your loss. I never got to meet Matt but he sounds like a lovely young man who made the world better with his life. I pray for peace and comfort for you in this time.