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“Thinking of you today. ”
1 of 37 | Posted by: Bert

“Naomi, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. While I never met Matt that I know of, I'm sure that like you and Rod, he was an awesome person. You and...Read More »
2 of 37 | Posted by: Sean Baker - Aurora, CO

“We send our heartfelt sympathy to your family. Matt was a great coworker. We will always remember Matt for his funny stories and bright smile. ”
3 of 37 | Posted by: Mitch Boal and Tasha Whalen

“I am soooo sorry to hear about Matt. He was and always will be the love of my life. There isn't a day that goes by that I will not think of him. I...Read More »
4 of 37 | Posted by: Christine Dusenberry - IA

“I worked with Matt at ISP in cellhouse 219. I always got along with him real well. He was a good guy. I lost contact with him when I left the prison...Read More »
5 of 37 | Posted by: Ed Wisener Jr. - Dallas city, IL

“I am very sorry for your loss. I had the privileged of getting to know Matt a few months ago. From what I saw he was a great guy with a great...Read More »
6 of 37 | Posted by: Mark Roberts - Co-worker at ISP

“I am so sorry to hear of Matt's untimely passing. I send heartfelt sympathy to his family. I will always remember his smile, sense of humor, and...Read More »
7 of 37 | Posted by: Jena Ellerhoff - Friend

“I will always remember Matt as the friend that could make me smile and laugh. Such a wonderful friend/man. You will be truly missed! ”
8 of 37 | Posted by: Mandy Thompson-Blaise

“I hadn't seen Matt in 20 years since we graduated high school together but the memories that I have of Matt are quite fond ones. He had the most...Read More »
9 of 37 | Posted by: Jacque Dockendorff Davis

“My thoughts and prayers are with you for the loss of Matt. ”
10 of 37 | Posted by: Jeremy Dohman - West Point, IA

“Matt was a great guy that will be missed by many. Always could put that smile on my face..... ”
11 of 37 | Posted by: Jaime Jo Heuvelmann - Friend

“Matt..although you aren't here on earth with us we know you are still here. Memories last forever and I have some wonderful memories. We will miss...Read More »
12 of 37 | Posted by: Bert - Friends

“I didnt know Matt very well, but I do know he was a great guy and always made me laugh! he will be missed by so many people and I will pray for his...Read More »
13 of 37 | Posted by: Beth Conrad - Burlington, IA

“I remember Matt as being so gracious as to have his senior prom photo taken with my daughter whose date had crashed out on her. I've kept track of...Read More »
14 of 37 | Posted by: Christine Shirey - Danville, IA

“I worked with Matt on several occasions and he was always friendly and made me laugh. He will be missed! ”
15 of 37 | Posted by: Bobbi Leggett - West Point, IA

“We were so sorry to hear about Matt, he was a great guy, I got to know him thru Wal-Mart, and he would stop by and visit even after he didnt work...Read More »
16 of 37 | Posted by: Tony & Niki Waterman - Friend

“I am so sorry to hear of your loss and no words can take the pain away. Matt was a great person. May he rest in peace!! ”
17 of 37 | Posted by: Michelle - Friend

“My deepest sympathies go out to Matthew's family. I was a copworker of his at ISP, and we worked together for several months on A & B pods. Matt was...Read More »
18 of 37 | Posted by: Teneil Cangas - Fort Madison, IA

“I always remember Matt having a smile on his face, unless he was mad then he didn't but the smile was not far behind. My memory is that he could...Read More »
19 of 37 | Posted by: Gloria Beckman Christian

“Matt was one of my co-workers,at ISP.My prayers and thoughts go out to all of you.I am so sorry for your loss,and the loss of one of our family and...Read More »
20 of 37 | Posted by: Hazel Dohman - West Point, IA

“To the family of Matt Bannier: You have my deepest sympathy for the loss of Matt. I worked with him at I.S.P. Such a tragic, but no one knows what...Read More »
21 of 37 | Posted by: Michael Wilkens - Fort Madison, IA

“I am so sorry for your loss.. ”
22 of 37 | Posted by: Iva L Reynolds - St Joseph, MO

“My thoughts and prayers are with Matts family and friends and co-workers. I worked with Matt after he came to ISP and he was a great guy to work with...Read More »
23 of 37 | Posted by: Mike Gilbert - co worker

“I got to work with Matt when I first started working at ISP a year ago. He made me feel welcomed there right away and wss such a nice guy. The last...Read More »
24 of 37 | Posted by: Jullee Newquist - Ft. Madison, IA

“Matt was a year ahead of me in school. I am so sorry for your loss. May The Lord comfort you and give you peace during this difficult time ”
25 of 37 | Posted by: Crystal Shuster Crew

“Sorry for your loss Matt is in a very peaceful place now. Your family is my prayers We were friends from school and growin up together in Danville.He...Read More »
26 of 37 | Posted by: mike morris

“I'm very sorry fopr your loss! Matt was a great person & a good friend! He loved life & he will be missed greatly! Becky Criswell ”
27 of 37 | Posted by: Becky Criswell - Douds, IA

“I am so sorry for your loss. Matt was a wonderful person and I really enjoyed working with him. I hope your family will find peace soon, and please...Read More »
28 of 37 | Posted by: Lynn Hartsock - co-worker

“So sorry to hear about Matt. Even though it has been years since we had seen eachother, I will always consider myself lucky to have known him and...Read More »
29 of 37 | Posted by: Brandon Gittings

“Dear Bill and family, Mr. and Mrs. Beckman, The Bannier family: oOur thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Take care of...Read More »
30 of 37 | Posted by: Gina Hanna-Stokes

“Words cannot even express the loss of this amazing, caring, wonderful, loving man. I had the pleasure of having him in my life for 10 years. I...Read More »
31 of 37 | Posted by: jenn brewington - awesome friend

“My thoughts and prayers are will each and everyone of you at this time. I met Matt 2 years ago. I remember when we went to Indianola Wal-Mart...Read More »
32 of 37 | Posted by: Michelle Willey - friend

“sorry for your loss. ”
33 of 37 | Posted by: ken lobberecht - burnside, IL

“I knew Matt and Bill since they both were little as I grew up in Danville. I also worked with Matt at the prison. He will be missed and our prayers...Read More »
34 of 37 | Posted by: Mike Manley - Mediapolis, IA

“We know there are no words to describe your loss. Please find comfort that Mathew is in a place that should make us all jealous of him. ”
35 of 37 | Posted by: Rod Overlander - Argyle, TX

“I went to Danville High School with Matt. He had a great sense of humor and was always laughing and smiling. He always tried to make those around...Read More »
36 of 37 | Posted by: Jayme Hoskins Dossett - friend

“I worked with Matt since he started at ISP. He was a great guy, and could always be depended on to be there when you needed his assistance, in any...Read More »
37 of 37 | Posted by: Andy Bentley - Friend/CoWorker

Matthew Elliott Bannier, 38, of Stockport died August 6, 2011 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle cycle accident on Saturday afternoon South of Bonaparte near Highway 2.

He was born January 13, 1973 at Burlington, Iowa to William E. Bannier and
Naomi J. Harlan Beckman. He had lived in Danville for 18 years. Matthew was a Des Moines County 4-H member for many years, showing cattle and swine. He exhibited art work at Iowa State Fair. He was named outstanding Des Moines County 4-H person in 1991.
He graduated Danville High School in 1991. He studied art at Indian Hill Community College in Ottumwa for one year .
Matthew worked as a correctional office at the Iowa State Prison for 13 ½/ years.
He was an outstanding artist and was an avid Nascar fan of Number 24.
He had a great love for hunting and the outdoors. Hunting both bow and black powder, fishing and photography of wildlife made him a great outdoorsman.His love of animals was always present, as he adopted many dogs and a cat.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Deane N. Harlan; and grandmother
Jane Bannier.
He is survived by his mother and stepfather: Naomi Harlan and Rodney Beckman of Stockport, Father: William and Sandra Bannier of West Burlington; one Brother: William N. Bannier and wife Marla and niece Amanda L Bannier of St. Joseph, Mo.; a half sister Rachael Wells and husband Brant and nephew Eathan Wells of Tocca Falls, GA.; 2 step-brothers: Evan ( Patty) Beckman and Steven (Teri) Beckman. His grandmother Nola Harlan and grandfather Louis Bannier. 4 nieces and 1 nephew and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday at the First Lutheran Church in Fairfield with Pastor Stacy Grau officiating.
Interment will be in the Spencer Cemetery near Stockport.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. at the Raymond Funeral Home in Fairfield.
Memorials have been established for an Educational Fund or to the Spencer Cemetery.
Raymond Funeral Home in Fairfield is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to: www.raymondfuneralhomes.com

Funeral Home
Raymond Funeral Home and Cremation Service
112 West Burlington Ave. Fairfield, IA 52556
Tel. (641) 472-3176