Football! From the start Matt wanted the pads and helmet but we started both boys in flag football for a couple years to gain knowledge of the rules and fundamentals. Stallions football opened up the gates to football with full pads!!! Matt met some of his best and dearest friends from playing on this team. He was awarded the Trent Todd award along with several teammates in the Stallions Organization. Given to boys that played all eligible years. Plains Jr School was the beginning of WEST fever! Playing school football in the 7th & 8h grade was all Matt wanted to do…. Until he was introduced to lacrosse in his 8th grade year. “Mom, this is great. I can run and hit people with a stick.” …so Matt. His freshman year brought many first… it’s high school! Freshman football, Friday Night Lights football in the high school student section, Homecoming Dance, Foreign language classes, meeting new people and deepening friendships. Matt was the kid that wanted to be with his friends above anything else. He couldn’t sit and watch a movie, take naps in the middle of the day or read a book. Matt was always on. He loved to keep active. With the tracker on his phone we could watch him ride through the neighborhoods stopping at friends homes along the way. Somedays he’d collect a pack of friends and they’d ride for hours.
This spring brought football weight training & spring lacrosse at Lakota West. Busy & exciting for Matt. He was falling in love with lacrosse (like he was with football) and was seeing a future playing for years to come. He loved the atmosphere of the culture this club gave him. He was sad knowing his favorite seniors would not be playing with him next year… but summer was looking bright as he had signed up to play with friends on the Velocity travel team.
June 9th was the last time Matt played on the Lakota West Field. He was laughing and having a great time playing in the lacrosse alumni game. It was all in fun and he was just happy to be there! He took his last unassisted breath in that stadium as he ask, “Mom, hold my hand.”
Matt is at peace. He is in Heaven and he is whole. We know this to be true.
Bill and Kim Duxbury - Jul 12, 2018
Our hearts and prayers are with you.
Christina Gray - Jul 7, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. We have a son who has played lacrosse since the 7th grade thru college and now coaches the high school team. So as a parent I can’t imagine, but my prayers are with you. May God, family and friends give you comfort.
RB - Jul 6, 2018
The news of the death of young ones, such as dear, sweet, lovable Matt, truly hurts. Just a kid! Only 15 years old! So many are mourning with you. My words are quite inadequate to express my deep sorrow, my anger, my pain, my frustration. I am unable to properly articulate the comfort my heart wants to send to you. However, Jehovah God Almighty feels your loss (Ezekiel 18:32). And He can provide you with all the comfort that you need (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). He can also mend your broken hearts (Psalm 34:18). His Word, the Bible, contains His plans for Matt's future where suffering or death will no longer exist (Revelation 21:3-4). He is now resting in God's perfect memory, awaiting Jesus' call ( John 5:28-29). I have found the free website, JW.ORG, very helpful in finding much more verses about that bright future which Jesus taught us to pray for at Matthew 6:9-10. May it help you as well. My deepest, heartfelt condolences to all of you. Psalm 37:11, 29; Hosea 13:14.
Beutel family - Jul 6, 2018
Ron, Julie, Tom, Eva and Katie, we are so very sorry. Matt's mark on this world goes so far beyond what we can see. We are heartbroken with you and continue to lift you all up in prayers for peace and comfort.
Forman Family - Jul 6, 2018
Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you and God Bless Matt. "Until you meet again....may God hold him in the palm of His hand"
Shane Postich - Jul 6, 2018
Dear Ron, Julie, and family. I'm so sorry for your loss. I was at the service last night and it was moving, and emotional on so many levels. It was truly a pleasure to have the opportunity to coach Matt and Tom when they played on the Stallion's with my boys. I nodded in agreement when "Hey Coach" was brought up as that was always something Matt would say. I still have the picture of the team celebrating their "Super Bowl" win, and Matt is prominently in the front row.
Your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
Eleanor A Tremayne - Jul 6, 2018
God Bless your family and may all your memories overcome all your pain. Our prayers are with you.
Ginna Hazelwood - Jul 6, 2018
Your family has been in my heart and prayers since I heard about Matt collapsing. I am so sorry for your loss and will continue to pray for all of you.
The Gallant & Hatfield family - Jul 5, 2018
We continue to pray for your family in the days a head. Deepest condolences for your loss. Matt was such a great kid. Going to be very well missed.
The Bryants - Jul 5, 2018
We may not have known Matt but we know he had a special place in our families hearts. Our nephew played Lacrosse with him and both my nephew and niece were very fond of Matt. We continue to pray for your family during this most difficult time.
Lori - Jul 5, 2018
My heart aches for all of you and I will continue to keep you in my prayers. May you find comfort and peace through God’s love and grace and the wonderful memories you have of Matt.
The Morgan Family - Jul 5, 2018
What a really great young man! Always smiling, friendly and very polite. We consider it a blessing to have known Matt. Many prayers are being spoken for your family in the hopes that you are able to find some peace throughout this difficult time.
Lori And Madison Gonzales - Jul 5, 2018
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers today more then ever as you prepare to say goodbye to your beautiful Matt. God Bless you and may He give you peace. You have a special angel in Heaven.
The Walters Family - Jul 5, 2018
There are no words that can convey how sorry we are for your family. As a twin mom of boys I can’t even imagine. Matt sounded like an amazing kid and though we never got the chance to cheer for Matt on the sidelines with our Velocity team, he and your family were never far from our thoughts and prayers. May your strength, faith, and memories carry you through these next few days. You have our prayers and love.
The Conley’s - Jul 5, 2018
Our thoughts and condolences are with your entire family. It’s been a tragedy no family should ever shave to endure. Hoping your family receives all the strength and support they will need in the all the days to come.
Heather Niehaus - Jul 5, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. I have had your family in my thoughts and prayers since we heard about this. I didn't know your family but I hope you find peace in the loving memories you have of your son, and brother.
Gina Sollars - Jul 5, 2018
I did not know Matt or any of his family members but he was obviously an inspiration to others and will continue to inspire with his legacy. May God bless and comfort you in your time of sorrow ❤️
The Bender Family - Jul 5, 2018
We are truly sorry for the loss of your son, Matt. We have prayed for him and all of you since this sad news was released. We continue to pray for your family.
Kym Pitel - Jul 5, 2018
Words can not be found or said to understand or comfort you all. Just know that so many people are praying for strength for you all during this time.
Libbie Miller - Jul 4, 2018
I am so sorry to hear about Matt. Julie, this is Libbie from TSM. I'm so glad you stopped me in Target last year to say hi. It was so great to see you. I feel for you and your family now. I can't imagine losing a child. I have been thinking about you and saying prayers for you to get through this. Hugs! Libbie
The Moore Family - Jul 4, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Praying you find comfort in the memories.
Dawn Powell (Selig) - Jul 4, 2018
I am so saddened for all of you, my thoughts and prayers are still with you.
Kevin & Kathy Stuban - Jul 4, 2018
Our prayers continue from the day we heard of Matt being in the hospital. None of this makes sense from here, but it all will when we go home. I know Matt is hanging with Jesus and he is so proud of his parents. Matt made such a great impact beyond your family and community.
The Campbell Family - Jul 4, 2018
We are so heartbroken over the loss of your precious Matt. We have been watching and clinging to every update we could get on his condition. We have been praying for him as well as your whole family. Now we pray for peace and comfort for your family during this extraordinarily difficult time. Thanks for sharing your Matt with the world, if only for a short time. He sounds like a fantastic young man!
The Bow/Krueger Family - Jul 4, 2018
Prayers are with your family during this time. Matt is an amazing young man. Praying your memories bring you comfort.
The Gandee Family - Jul 4, 2018
We are so heartbroken for your family and will continue to keep you all in our thoughts & prayers. May you be blessed with peace, comfort, & strength in the days ahead.
Louise B - Jul 4, 2018
I didn’t know. Matt, but felt compelled like others to send condolences. My heart breaks just thinking of the pain the family is going through. Prayers for comfort and peace in your time of need.🏈🚴♀️
The Kovac Family - Jul 4, 2018
We are praying for your family during this difficult time. God bless ❤️
Rich and Sally Sears - Jul 4, 2018
We are so very sorry for your family's heartbreaking loss - the world's loss of a beautiful and loving soul, Matt. We pray for you to find peace and comfort in your loving memories. Matt's life was surely a gift to all who knew him. God bless you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you ♡
The Loughrie Family - Jul 4, 2018
Julie, Ron, Eva, Tom and Katie, entire Wygant and Stratman families, we are broken for you and stand along side you, praying and comforting you. We pray for support, understanding and continued the faith. Matt will forever have a place in our hearts.
We love you!
Hettinger Family - Jul 4, 2018
While we did not know you personally, we are a part of the Velocity family and know many more from the Lakota community. It has been amazing to see these groups come together to pray and support your family and one another through this difficult time. We will continue to pray for you knowing that Matt is whole and healed now.
Debbie Demerse - Jul 4, 2018
Our prayers will continue for your family as you move thru the days ahead. God bless all of you.
Nancy Burnett - Jul 4, 2018
Dear Stratman Family;
Matt and all of you have been in my prayers-- although not on this earth, Matt received his miracle, through the perfect healing that only Jesus can bring. May you take comfort in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father, knowing that you will be reunited again. I am so very sorry for your loss and will continue to pray for you in the days to come.
Laura Cleavinger - Jul 4, 2018
Praying for blessings of peace and comfort. Stand on His promises for He has prepared a room for your beloved son. Matt has proved the power of love and unity. You are not alone. The beauty of a good life never fades. Love and hugs from your extra ‘cousins’.
Vicky and Terry Hafl - Jul 4, 2018
We didn't know your son, but have had children and grandchildren in Lakota Sports. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family.
The Ayres Family - Jul 4, 2018
Like so many, we do not know Matthew or your family. We have followed Matt’s journey and have prayed for his healing. Our family sends condolences to your family and will continue to pray for God’s comfort and strength.
Candace Singer - Jul 4, 2018
My heart is breaking for you all. Know that Matt is resting peacefully with God...under his love and care!
Lori & Chet Pawlowski - Jul 4, 2018
Our prayers are with your family. God speed Matt
Rest in your heavenly fathers arms now always a Firebird
The Denning family - Jul 4, 2018
I am grateful for the privilege of spending time with your family over the years and getting to know Matt. Almost every time I pulled into your driveway, there was Matt, outside, throwing a ball, riding something, constantly playing or saying to you, Julie, "Mom, can I go to so and so's house". He never stopped, but always kind and polite to me or any other adult and classmates, as well. A talented athlete, more importantly, a great human being! Matt's presence will forever be in our hearts and soul.
We love your family and will continue to show love and support to you in anyway possible. I pray God's unending comfort and love to surround you and ease your pain, moment to moment, day by day. We love you, Stratpack!
Judith Wilmot - Jul 4, 2018
I’m so sorry for your loss, my niece talked to me about his progress, I myself went through loosing my only Son at 26 due to a Doctor giving my Son to much medication. He is in Heaven but I sure do miss him. My Prayers are with your whole family and God Bless
Linda LaRue Martin - Jul 4, 2018
Ron, Julie and kids,
My heart aches for you all.
Matt is at peace now in the loving arms of our Lord.
Sending love and comfort
Jayne - Jul 4, 2018
Although we have never met, I feel like I know your family and Matt. I'll continue to pray for your family.
Jennifer - Jul 4, 2018
Sending a prayer
"We can’t help but ask, “Why?” Forgive our insistence, our confusion, even our anger. We believe that you are just, and we ache to understand how this tragic death is an expression of that justice, how it expresses your love. We also know – in our minds at least – that you seldom answer the “why?” question. We press you, but on these matters you are mostly silent.
What we ask instead is “how?” How can we move forward? How can this bring us together and not tear us apart? How can we now live under the shadow of this untimely death? Answer this prayer with your comfort and guidance.
There is no way to remove the pain. The grief is real. The only sanity is to know, to believe, in a life beyond with you, when all the scales are righted and the sufferings are made good. We trust you and your promise that while this child’s life on earth is done, his life beyond has just begun. With that release we lose him and let him go into your arms, then by faith receive in return the boundless comfort of your presence. That is all, that is enough. In Jesus.”
Shari and Pat DeRossett - Jul 4, 2018
We are so sorry for your family’s loss. Matt sounds like such a wonderful young man who impacted many people. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Deb Neddo -Divine - Jul 4, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss Stratman and Wygant families...may you find peace knowing he is in the arms of God. My love and prayers to you all. If you have time, Google the song Jealous of the Angels. I hope you like it as much as I do
Linda LaRue Martin - Jul 4, 2018
Ron, Julie and kids,
My heart aches for you all.
Matt is at peace now in the loving arms of our Lord.
Sending love and comfort
Lori Moore - Jul 4, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Stiger family - Jul 4, 2018
We are so very sorry for your loss. We continue to pray for your family.
Chi Omega Sisters - Jul 3, 2018
We love you, Julie, and will continue to pray for peace for you and your family❤️💛
The Schwind family - Jul 3, 2018
I cannot express to your family how sorry we are for such a horrific loss. We will continue to pray for you all. He is happy, he is whole, he is with God! Bless you as you try to find your new normal. We didn't know him but feel as though we did. Julie, I'm beyond tears for you. Pam Svatos Schwind.
Cindy Koenig - Jul 3, 2018
My deepest condolences For the loss of your beautiful Matt. Prayers for comfort and strength to your family.
Kathy McWilliams - Jul 3, 2018
My condolences are with you through this difficult time God bless you Julie and your beautiful family
Pam Holbrook - Jul 3, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss. Matt has brought our community together like like no other. We are praying for your family.
We are one in this . Hugs to your family .
Doug Beals - Jul 3, 2018
I was crushed to hear of the passing of Matt. He was such a wonderful young man and always brought a smile to those who had the honor to know Matt. My prayers go out to all of you.
Susan Phillips - Jul 3, 2018
My prayers are with you all. Thank you for sharing your son with this world. He sounded like a great young man.
The Vonderhaar Family - Jul 3, 2018
Thank you for sharing Matt with our daughter. Kathryn has many great memories and plans to keep Matt alive through their friend group and with all of you. We remain committed to supporting your family in any way and are sending all of our love. Praying for peace, understanding and acceptance.
Alison Boyle - Jul 3, 2018
I so enjoyed meeting and getting to know your wonderful family at Plains Jr. I consider my conversations with Matt a treasure♥️
Wishing you peace and comfort. Alison Boyle
Kyra - Jul 3, 2018
Thank you for sharing your family with me. I don’t know you personally but have come to know your family just a bit. Continuing to pray. My heart hurts for you.
Rosen Family - Jul 3, 2018
Ron, Julie, Eva, Tom & Katie, we are at loss for words during this sorrowful time. We continue to keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Debbie Carter - Jul 3, 2018
Stratman family, thank you for allowing me a small window into your world. Enjoyed my interactions with Eva, Matt and Julie at West Freshman and on the Lacrosse field. Continuing prayers for everyone while you adjust and try to find a new normal. It was a pleasure knowing Matt and cheering him on at Lacrosse.
Debbie Milesky - Jul 3, 2018
Heartbroken for your whole family, and very sad that I will be out of town and unable to make the service. I feel like I’ve watched those kids grow up through your scrapbook pages at Bergamo. Know that you are all in my heart and my prayers.
Kristin Geis - Jul 3, 2018
Praying for your family and your angel. Although we have never met, your family and Matt’s story have been on my mind and heart. May God bless your family.
Sheri and Clara Adkins - Jul 3, 2018
Like so many, I don’t know you, but we’ve followed Matt’s journey and prayed for his miracle. We continue to pray for God’s comfort and strength to surround your family.
The Cooks Family - Jul 3, 2018
Our hearts go out to your family and you all will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Diane Baum and family - Jul 3, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts are broken. Prayers for comfort and strength. We are thinking of all of you.
Celina Woods - Jul 3, 2018
Our family sends its condolences to yours. So So Sorry.
The Krueger Family - Jul 3, 2018
We are sending your family our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Our community is very sad by the loss heaven just got a much brighter. Godspeed to your family.
The de Villiers Family - Jul 3, 2018
We're so sorry for your loss. Praying God's peace will surround you during this difficult time.
"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Paula Herendeen - Jul 3, 2018
Sending love during this difficult time.
Wong Liong family - Jul 3, 2018
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers always.
John Engel - Jul 3, 2018
I truly wish I could be there for the funeral service. But since I can not be there in person. I send my prayers and thoughts for you during this tough time.
Barb Blondia/Bobson - Jul 3, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Melinda Roton - Jul 3, 2018
I am so very sorry for your loss, I don't want to even imagine what you've been through and the days, years to come. I've watch your kids grow thru Facebook the last few years. When we first reconnected, I thought Wow, triplets, that's Julie, so much love to give. Julie, you were an amazing person in college and I bet Matt was just like you. I wish I had met him. I watched this story unfold from California and thought and prayed for your family everyday, several times a day. Praying for a different outcome. I will continue to pray for healing and peace for your family.
Jerry & Connie D'Amico - Jul 3, 2018
We are so sorry to hear of Matthew's passing. We don't know Matthew or your family but feel compelled to leave our sincere condolences. May God bless your family & Matthew rest in eternal peace.
DiLorenzo Family - Jul 3, 2018
Ron, Julie, Eva, Tom and Katie - No words can begin to co. E close to describing how you are feeling and where we can begin to help. Through all of this I have tried to use your words to help others. Tell everyone you are close to that you love them daily and hug them everytime you see them. (((HUGS))) Love you guys!
Deby Sage - Jul 3, 2018
Mike and I are so very sorry for your loss...We are sending ours prayers to hold you up as you deal with the hole he has left in all your lives...May God's Blessings Stay with You All...
Deby and Mike Sage
Joslin Family - Jul 3, 2018
Ron, Julie, Eva, Tom and Katie,
Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved son and brother Matt. Our family mourns for you as well as for Matt during these most difficult hours and days to come. You will forever be in our hearts and prayers.
Lutz Family - Jul 3, 2018
May you feel the constant presence of Heavenly Father during this difficult time. We pray you will be comforted continually and that you will feel Matt at every turn. Matt has blessed so many and will be remembered with so much love.
Marni Durham - Jul 3, 2018
I never had the pleasure of meeting Matt, but can see the massive impact he has had on his community as they rallied around him. This outpouring of love proves what a wonderful young man he was. My deepest sympathy.
Marlene (Chaffins) and Chuck Walsh - Jul 3, 2018
Julie and Ron
Cannot begin to express our feelings at the loss to your family.
Morgan Family - Jul 3, 2018
We want you to know that we are thinking and praying every day.