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Matthew Martin Thomas, 28, of Stillman Valley, went to be with God on Sunday, September 30, 2018. He was born on February 20, 1990 at 25 weeks, the son of Martin Thomas and Julie Rebecca -Thomas. Matt graduated from Stillman Valley High School, class of 2008 and received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and an emphasis in Music from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2012. He was employed at Valspar in Rockford where he was well respected and enjoyed working there. Matt loved his family and his friends very much; he enjoyed making everyone smile, and had a love for music. He enjoyed trips to Afterglow Resort and trips to Alabama for Spring Break. His fruits were a "Harvest" of Love-Joy-Peace-Forbearance-Kindness & Purity.
Survived by his mother, Julie Thomas of Lancaster, WI; father, Martin Thomas of Stillman Valley; twin sister, Haley (Todd) Whaley; grandmothers, Evelyn "YaYa" Rebecca and Leta Thomas; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Predeceased by his brother, Anthony Thomas; and grandfathers, Samuel Rebecca and Wayne Thomas. Matt is now with his brother, Anthony and his grandfather Samuel playing the accordion again, laughing in the kingdom as the child he is forever! We all love you Matthew!
A gathering for Matt will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Thunder Bay Grille, 7652 Potawatomi Trail, Rockford, IL 61107. Memorials may be made to Matt's sister, Haley Whaley or can be sent in c/o the Olson Funeral Home, 1001 2nd Av, Rockford, IL 61104.

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  1. Chris Waters

    My condolences to Leta Thomas and her family. I know this pain all too well. He sounds like he was a great person.

  2. ReNee Hancock

    I miss him already. I'll miss his smirk, I'll miss his pacing as he spoke, I'll miss his passion for music, the way he fiercely loved some artists and his unique way of insulting artists he couldn't stand 😂 I see his smile and I can hear his laugh in my head. I've experienced a lot grief and I've learned these are the things that stick with you. These little moments, most will bring a smile to your face and occasionally a tear. Matt has always been a extension of my little sister and brother. I used to go their softball games while they were on the same team in grade school. I thought Matt was the cutest little kid I've ever seen. This sweet dark haired little cherub, and when I saw this little boy play basketball, I was convinced he was going to be a star! I'm a fierce over protective sister of my younger siblings, but with Matt I never had to worry...there isn't a mean bone in his body. He and his twin Hailey were my favorites through the years and I'm so thankful for how much Matt loved my brother. Good loyal friends are hard to come by, and Matt had loyalty woven into his fabric. I'm going to miss him so much, he was like another little brother, I wish I could have been his protector too. I grieve for his family, Haley, Marty, Julie, Amy, Becca and Bri and so many more, they have my love, thoughts and so many prayers. I hope they know their grief is a shared one, Matt was a gentle, funny, sweet soul, and he will be dearly missed by the Hancock family. Love always, ReNee

  3. Allie Barry

    Matt was my best friend when I lived in Eau Claire, WI. He was one of the few people in this world who could bring joy to all those around him. I have fond memories of having snow ball fights, taking walks, going to the record store or the Oxbow, playing video games, going to the Cranberry festival and the Brat Festival, playing Kub, so many great times. I will always remember the time we spent together, and will miss him dearly. You have my deepest prayers that he has found happiness and that you may heal.

  4. Lori Miuccio

    You are in our prayers at this most difficult time. So deeply saddened. He made an impression on our family from day one of us meeting him when we moved to Stillman. Always kindness and a smile.

  5. Deb Thibodeau

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Kate Barber

    I am so very sorry to hear of Matt's death. I pray that God is very near to each of his family with comfor and healingt at this sad time.

  7. Cheryl Vollmer

    I am very sorry for your loss. Matt and I were in marching band and other music classes together. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word to say. He will be greatly missed.

  8. Laurie Gottschalk

    Our deepest sympathies to Marty, Julie, Haley, and family. Wonderful memories of Matt supporting and cheering on Haley and the girls since grade school in all their sports. A wonderful young man!

  9. Justin Henrich

    I am so sorry for your loss. Matt was a great person who I had the privilege of working with when he lived in Wisconsin. Besides being a hard worker Matt was a joy to be around and always had good stories to share that would bring a smile to your face. He will be greatly missed.

  10. Jeff & Judy Holmin

    We are so sad to hear about Matt. We have special memories of the kids from meeting in the NICU as pod mates supporting and cheering each milestone! We enjoyed watching them as they grew. We will always cherish the time we spent with Matt. We are sorry for the loss of your son and brother.

  11. Miki Leombruni/Ingersoll

    Marty We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in our prayers. Miki

  12. Greg MacLeod

    I got to know Matt while he was living in Eau Claire, WI. I had recently moved to the area myself and decided to attend the Blue Ox music festival on my own in the summer of 2017. I had recently met Matt through a mutual friend, and was happy to run into him right away at the music festival. I wasn't the only one crazy enough about good music to go to a multi-day festival on my own! Matt and I spent most of the weekend hanging out, enjoying great live music, and good beer in the woods of northern Wisconsin. That weekend is a great memory for me, and one Matt will always be a part of. Matt, you'll be missed. ~Greg

  13. Chuck & Ann Jones

    Marty, Julie,Haley & family.... Our heart felt Condolences to you all at this sad time your family is going thru. Treasure the memories.You are in our thoughts & prayers.

  14. Trevor Krumsee

    Kara and I were heartbroken to hear about this. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers. We love you all.

  15. Jan Johnson

    Our family is so sorry for your loss. Sending you our hugs & Prayers. 🙏 Jerry Jan Jared & Jacey

  16. Cindy Nelson

    Marty, words cannot express how truly sorry I am for your loss. Although I never had the privilege of meeting Matthew, I know what a special and wonderful young man he was through our many conversations about our children, you always so proud of him. I hope that your many beautiful memories bring comfort to you, and the love of God and your family and many friends surrounds you and gives you strength and peace in the days ahead. With deepest sympathies, Cindy Nelson

  17. JoElla Rauch

    I am so sorry to hear this. I knew Matt from working with him in Eau Claire. He was kind and so funny. My sincere condolences.

  18. Randy and Julie Leek

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are of God's peace to cover and comfort you in only the way He can.

  19. Ricky Niemeier

    I am one of a legion of Matt's fraternity brothers and while I may not have known him well, my heart weeps for you as I lost another brother only 3 years ago to a similar circumstance, my condolences and prayers go out to you.

  20. Hilary Schmidt

    From Marching band, WSUP, to late night music cram sessions you were always so light hearted and kind. You will be sorely missed.

  21. James Haws

    Hi, Matt was in my year back in Stillman. His father Martin was my basketball coach back in 5th grade and my dad helped him. Matt was an amazing kid who always had a smile on his face. He always treated people with respect no matter what. It's sad knowing that a soul like his is no longer with us. If the family needs anything or just wants to talk feel free to look me up on Facebook. -James

  22. Deb Lockhart

    My heart breaks to hear Matt passed away. Matt was our neighbor at the Riverfront Terrace apartments in Eau Claire and was a regular Kubb player with us on Sunday afternoons. Matt was a very sweet and gentle man and the news of his death is so sad and difficult to take. To his family, I am so very sorry for your loss.

  23. Richard Ster

    Thought's and prayers. May you rest in peace.

  24. phil bratta and family

    our prayers and thoughts go out to all the family rest in peace matt

  25. Jim Walker

    So sorry for your loss. May God give you the comfort that only he can give.

  26. Kelly DeShazo Bolen

    Marty I'm so sorry you and your family are in my prayers.

  27. Jason Niebler

    I knew Matt through his good friend Derek. Whenever Matt was over at our apartment he would always pick up my guitar and play it. He was very talented with the guitar and I was always in awe at how well he could play. He truly will be missed. Matt was a great guy and I always enjoyed hanging out with him when he stopped by for a visit. Rest In Peace Matt. May the music forever play for you!

  28. Carrie Schmidt

    May God wrap you in his arms and comfort you! Prayers to all!!

  29. Katarina Lepinski (Youngell)

    I am heartbroken to have learned of Matt's passing. Although I did not know him well, I have many fond Marching Pioneers memories involving Matt. His kind heart will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.

  30. Mike and Michelle Thomason

    We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you all are in our prayers.

  31. Nathan Randall

    Matt was such a great guy, he used to come hang out with me at WSUP a lot, mainly while I was doing "Out of the Attic." He had a love for the same music I did, and I always enjoyed chatting with him about the old time music we both loved. He will surely be missed. My prayers go out to his family in this hard time, know that he was such a joy to be around while we were in college.

  32. Kathy Thomas

    To Matt's family, I am so sorry for your loss. May your memories of the fine young man bring you comfort in the difficult days to follow.

  33. Mary Scott

    Prayers to all of the family. He was truly a special person and will be missed.

  34. Gary Viel

    I am so sorry to hear of Matt's passing. He will always be an inspiration to many. I coached Matt in basketball in JH. He earned the nickname Mosquito for being always agressive on defense. He, so to speak, was always in the ointment. A smile, agressive, and polite young man is Matt. Prayers be to the family.

  35. Michael Collins

    Marty, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry.

  36. Crystal Tofari

    So sorry. Loved Matt. Our prayers are with you and your family. Please let me know if you need anything. <3

  37. Samantha (& Joe) Martinson

    Dearest Rebecca Family, My heart aches for your loss. I'm so sorry. You are being prayed for in Arizona. Love you guys so much.

  38. sandy barber

    overwhelmed with sorrow. You're in my prayers to find some measure of comfort. i'm so sorry, just at a loss for words.

  39. Cara Harms

    I'm sorry for your loss and pray your memories will help you through this difficult time.

  40. Terr Meline-Brevoort

    Marty, my heart is breaking for you and your family. I am sending my prayers and love to you. God Bless You!

  41. Ray Mc

    Matt came and played lead trumpet with my frank zappa cover band, a totally awesome guy. So glad to have tapes of the practices. He will be missed by a whole big group of musicians in northern Illinois. Love you, bro, and much love to the family.

  42. Lisa Osborn

    Blessings, what special children Julie. So many memories. Love you sweetie. Words are not enough. Feelings are.

  43. Connie Richolson Erdman

    So sorry for your loss. Hug and prayers to all of you.

  44. Jeff Hicks

    Sorry for your lost

  45. Jack Holt

    Marty and Family my sincere condolences !! I you find peace

  46. Theresa James

    Haley, I am so sorry to hear about Matt's passing. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  47. Chuck Lentz

    Marty, Julie and family, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Surround yourself with family and friends over the next few days and weeks for support.

  48. Jarrod Lichty

    I've known Matt and Haley since I was 5 years old. My earliest memories are playing tball when we were very young. I also had the pleasure of sitting next to him as a trumpet player for several years and several sleep overs at both of our houses. He will always be remembered for his warm and yet energetic spirit. My prayers and thoughts go out to the entire family and the many people that had the pleasure of knowing Matt. He will truly be missed.

  49. Mrs. Jan Stukenberg

    Sincere sympathy to all of Matt's family.

  50. Mary Jorgenson

    Marty, I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you aall.

  51. Lynn and Jerry Gorsegner

    Our sincere sympathy and condolences to all of Matt's family and friends. Prayers.

  52. Donna M LeggeroQuam

    Julie and Family, I am SO SORRY for your loss. A young soul gone to soon. My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time. God Bless You!

  53. Sean Poser

    Hey bud, I hope you are resting easy. Thank you for introducing yourself to me in college, you were the first person I met and welcomed me in. Our floor was instantly all friends after you brought us all together. You were always so fun and light hearted. Making jokes keeping us in stitches all the time. I'm sorry we didn't stay in contact much after college but I was always rooting for you my friend. I hope you are resting easy and making everyone up in heaven laugh. You had a great personality and made everyone feel right at home instantly. Morrow 3 West never would have been the same without you. Love you man, thanks for all the great memories.

  54. Terri Southwick-Beach

    My heart breaks for your family. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Matt was always a joy to see, always seemed to have a smile. God bless.

  55. Dana Coyne

    So sorry for your loss! Thoughts and Prayers to you all.


    This is such a shock to me. I worked with Matt at Valspar. Always had a bright smile on his face even if he was covered in colorant colors! Loved that kid! I had know idea he was back in Rockford working , I've been off work for a year on a medical leave . But I can honestly tell you he gave 110% in all he did. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I honestly know the pain your all going through, I too have lost a daughter and every day those memories bring tears. My heart hurts for you.MATT YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!

  57. Sharon Lauer Jacklich

    Julie: you are in my prayers. So sorry to read about Matt. May you always have those memories and rejoice that he is at peace in heaven. My thoughts are with you and Haley. May you find comfort in all the good times that you shared.

  58. Jim & Helene Parker

    We are so sorry . Matt was a very nice young man.We are praying for your whole family. We know how hard it is to cope with this loss .Love & Prayers

  59. Dee Randels

    I am so sorry to hear this sad news about Matt. I know there is nothing that can be said to take the pain away. Keep all the fun and happy times that made such wonderful memories close to your heart and I hope that can give you and your family some comfort. Matt will definitely be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  60. Paul A Harmon

    My dear friend I am so shocked to hear if your brothers death. I never met him but you spoke of him often so I felt I knew him. There are no words to soften this but I hope you dwell on fun and fond memories in the coming days. Love Paul

  61. Leon and Debbie Webster

    There are no words to ease the pain and sorrow. But please know you all are in so many prayers and we pray for comfort.

  62. Jay Larson

    I spent a day setting ceramic tile with Matt when he was a child. A mind to explore and learn he had. He handed me tiles with a wide smile for the entire day. As I watched him grow into a man,. his contagious smile remained. Kindness is the best word to describe the endring look in his eyes. I will miss you Matt.

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