Matthew Ryan Bender, age 22 of Mazomanie and formerly of Fennimore died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday morning June 12, 2013 at UW Hospital in Madison from an acute illness. Matt was born on Aug. 4, 1990 in Madison, WI the son of Sharon L. (Fecht) Croft and the late Mark J. Bender
Matt grew up in Fennimore and graduated from Fennimore High School in 2008. During high school he worked for Bob Makovec and Ken Kohout milking cows as well as High Point Steak House in Ridgeway busing tables and washing dishes. Following high school Matt worked at The Butcher Shop in Fennimore while attending Southwest Wisconsin Technical College. In 2010 he received his Associates Degree in Electromechanical Technology and went to work at Penda Corporation in Portage before being employed at Dairyfood USA in Blue Mounds as a maintenance technician until his untimely illness.
Matt loved being a dad to his ten-month-old son Marshall and enjoyed spending time with his grandparents; welding in gramp’s shop and playing euchre with grandma, “Euchre’s the Game!” He had a passion for Dodge Cummins trucks and cherished the time he spent with his mom. Matt also enjoyed spending time outdoors boating, golfing, fishing, hunting with his friends Darren and Dave, and riding his motorcycle with his fiancé Chelsi and friends Nate and Donald. Matt was the type of person who didn’t complain when things didn’t go his way and would approach any challenge he faced with a smile and a “can do” attitude. He had a special way of making people laugh and his strong, energetic, and fun personality along with his smile will be remembered forever.
Matt is survived by his fiancé Chelsi Amble of Mazomanie, son Marshall, mother Sharon Croft and step-father Eric Croft with brother McCoy and sister McKenzie all of Fennimore, grandparents; Donald and Shirley Fecht of Boscobel, and Geraldine Croft of Fennimore, aunts and uncles; Mike Fecht of Fennimore, Sheila and Burdell Cathman of Fennimore, Susan Birchman of Fennimore, Cheryl and David Gehrke of Fennimore, Cathy and Tim Miller of Fennimore, and Renee Croft of Onalaska, several cousins, and his dog Dale.
He was preceded in death by his father Mark Bender, and grandfathers Virgil Bender and LaVerne Croft.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday afternoon June 15, 2013 at the Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore. A special graveside service and burial will follow in the Homer Cemetery in Hickory Grove Township Grant Co., WI. A visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at the funeral home on Saturday. In lieu of plants and flowers a memorial fund is being established in loving memory of Matthew Ryan Bender.
“Don’t cry for me because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss