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Matthew Warren BierwagenMatthew Warren Bierwagen was born January 19th, 1981 to Jason and Loretta (Simek) Bierwagen. Despite all odds Matt continued to thrive and grew up in Volin, SD. He overcame many health problems. He loved to ride his bike, target shoot, fish, woodwork with his dad, weld, lift weights, and tease his sister. At the age of 12 Matt was diagnosed with renal failure. He pushed through and graduated in 1999 from Gayville-Volin High School. After graduation Matt became a highly skilled welder at Southeast Tech.
Throughout the years Matt lived many places: Gayville, SD; Sioux Falls, SD; Connecticut; Yankton, SD; Dallas, TX; Jefferson, SD; and Sioux City, IA. Matt was an overcomer. He loved to push his body past what it told him and do what he wanted to anyway. He worked as a carpenter, plumber, and welder with his father for many years, and also as a bouncer.
As an adult Matt loved being with his friends and family. He loved to pheasant hunt and fish with his brother-in-law Gerry, his mother, and step-dad Larry. He was a feisty card and game player and was known to win at a 3 handed game of pinnacle. That was the Czech in him. Target shooting was a favorite pass time with his best friend Jenn Morales and also his friend Dennis. His love for firearms came from his close relationship with his Uncle Clayton. He loved going out on the town and just being with his friends. The unstoppable Matthew Bierwagen even won a state record in bench pressing in his weight class!
In recent years, Matt’s health limited his ability to do the things he loved, but his joy, laughter, and strength pushed on. He always had a joke or funny story to tell. He loved being the center of the room. Matt passed away suddenly on November 23, 2018 from natural causes due to health issues. His last day was spent surrounded by those he loved the most. His Thanksgiving was spent laughing, cuddling, and tickling tiny toes on his beloved nephew Isaac.
Matthew was survived by his mother Loretta (Larry Vogel) Bierwagen and father Jason (Dani Jo) Bierwagen, sister Jennifer (Gerry) Bollig, and nephew Isaac Matthew Bollig, all of Yankton, SD. He is also survived by his God-parents Clayton and Susan Bierwagen, his Uncle Lloyd Peterson, and his favorite people Jenn and Charlie Morales and Matt Andes. He leaves behind uncountable lives he has touched: Wallace Simek of Fayetteville, NC; Alta (Norville) Pontius of Magnolia, DE; Gloria (Ernie) Merkwan of Tabor, SD; Myron (Janet) Simek of Springfield, SD; Bruce (Beverly) Simek of Tyndall, SD; Clayton (Susan) Bierwagen of Sioux Falls, SD; Barbara Brunick of Texas; and many cousins throughout the country.
Preceding Matt in death are his: maternal grandparents, Adam and Mable Simek; paternal grandparents, Arthur and Clara Bierwagen; and Godmother and Aunt, Cindy Peterson.
In Matt’s passing he has received his eternal healing. The chains of machines and medicines are gone. He is free to walk and run and praise God. Until we meet again, our dearest Matthew.
What a delightful young man. He lived in same apartment complex as I do and I was drawn to his sense of humor and friendliness and I am 83 years old. I didn't know he had passed until I saw it posted today. God rest his soul.
Marilyn Meier Dec 27 2018 2:03 AM
So sorry for your lost he was truly an amazing young man. ( I was in class 75 with Cindy). He will have aunt Cindy to greet him.
Julie schneider Dec 6 2018 12:16 AM
Just heard about Matthew's passing and just wanted to pass on our condolences on the loss of your son. Becky and I coached your son with the Sioux Wheelers in wheelchair basketball. Matthew was quite active it seems in doing all the things he loved to do. I remember he was always giving his best at the games he played with the Wheelers. Still remember when Jason and Matthew made the trip to Chicago and helped to secure our trip to the nationals. Again, so sorry about the loss of Matthew, but he touched the hearts of many people. Our prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
Dick Neu Nov 30 2018 2:13 AM
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. May God bring you peace and comfort.
Angela Shuff Nov 29 2018 7:24 PM
Matt was always a trooper growing up and one of the toughest people I had ever met. Always a smile on his face and just a great guy. Until we meet again buddy you will be missed.
Josh Oien Nov 27 2018 11:10 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with all your family in the loss of Matt. Marjorie Pontius Rob, Amy & Addie Pontius
Family of Don Pontius (Dec'd) Nov 27 2018 6:56 PM
Sorry to hear of your loss You are in our thoughts and Prays Love and Hugs to your family from ours Pat and Bill Sharp
Patrica Sharp Nov 27 2018 6:40 PM
We will miss you greatly, Matt. Wish we could share one last smile, one last hug and kiss. Enjoy your new body in heaven, dear nephew. When its time, well see you there. Love, Aunt Susan and Uncle Clayton
Aunt Susan and Uncle Clayton Nov 27 2018 5:52 AM
Matt was a valued customer. We were privileged to take him to dialysis every week. Our drivers and our family extend our deepest sympathies to Matt's family. May God bless, and give you peace and comfort.- Tammy Allison
T & M Transportation, LLC Nov 26 2018 8:59 PM