COFFEYVILLE — Matthew Scott Herold was born April 10, 1980, in Hays. In April 1981, Matt, “a gift from God,” was given to his parents, David and Suzann Herold.
Matthew died with his sister, Rebecca, by his side, at 9:27 a.m. Sunday July 26, 2020, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center from complications from myotonic muscular dystrophy.
He attended Bartlett Grade School and graduated from Labette County High School in 1999.
Matt worked at Walmart in Parsons, loading the pop machines for a time.
Matt enjoyed watching “The Price is Right,” “American Ninja Warrior,” “Walker Texas Ranger,” “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Harry Potter,” “Star Trek the Next Generation” and Disney movies. His favorite Nascar driver was Jeff Gordon. Matt liked going to Walt Disney World and riding the “Star Wars” ride numerous times. Also, he liked Dr. Pepper, but no ice, tater tot casserole and pizza.
He liked when his nieces and friends came to play Uno, board games or video games. His friends sometimes took him fishing.
Matt traveled with his family and friends to 48 states, Canada, Mexico and Belize.
Matt loved his lord and savior Jesus and his word. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Altamont. He enjoyed his Sunday school class with his teacher, Linda Holtzman. His favorite hymn was “Onward, Christian Soldiers.” Matt helped with AWANA and listened to young men memorize Bible verses.
At age 14, Matt was diagnosed with myotonic muscular dystrophy. Shriner’s Hospital in St. Louis helped find his medical condition, and he had several surgeries there on his feet. He endured surgeries, wearing orthotics and muscle weakness for many years. Today in heaven, he walks, runs and jumps like the “American Ninja Warrior” he wanted to be.
In March 2019, Matt moved to Windsor Place in Coffeyville. There he made many friends with the residents and received excellent, loving care from all the nurses and support staff.
Survivors include his parents, David and Suzann (Hazell) Herold of Altamont; a sister, Rebecca Helwig and her husband, Mark, of Altamont; three nieces, Katelyn, Lauryn and Madisyn Helwig of Altamont; his grandmother, Neila Herold of Sand Springs, Oklahoma; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Matt was preceded in death by an infant sister, Cindy Dawn Herold; and his grandparents, Boyd and Mildred Hazell and Henry and Pauline Herold.
The service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Altamont. The service can be viewed live on the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home Facebook page. Burial will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Altamont. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church. For all events, social distancing guidelines will be followed, and face masks will be required.
Memorials are suggested to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children and may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, PO Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.