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Matthew Lee Zocher Obituary


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“Matt was an incredible individual whom I got to know and work with through the Merrill Marching Jays during my years as drum major and a member of...Read More »
1 of 56 | Posted by: Holly Melander - Appleton, WI

“To the family of Matthew Zocher My condolences to all of you on the terrible loss of Matthew. Words offer little comfort to soothe your pain. ...Read More »
2 of 56 | Posted by: Chuck Nikolai-Svetlik - Merrill, WI

“I am so very sorry for the unexpected loss of your son. I met Matt through band and my cousin Kyle and will forever be thankful for the laughter and...Read More »
3 of 56 | Posted by: Marissa Beckman - Kenosha, WI

“I am sorry for your loss. I met Matt at work. I always appreciated his positive attitude and love for life. I remember him as a person full of...Read More »
4 of 56 | Posted by: Brad Mueller - Wausau, WI

“Angie and family, Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. My sympathy to you at this time of your great loss. Kathy (from Grant School) ”
5 of 56 | Posted by: Kathy Furlano-Hennes - Wausau, WI

“Mike, Angie, Delmar, Steve, Brody, Ashley, Kyle, and Megan; And Flo and family; I'm very sorry for your loss. It has been a while since I saw Matt ...Read More »
6 of 56 | Posted by: Kay Eubank - Fort Collins, CO

“I had the privilage to fly and work with Matt in Mankato. He was a terrific co-worker, student and a great friend. I enjoyed all of our flights...Read More »
7 of 56 | Posted by: Greg Norland - Minnetonka, MN

“Lou, Jon, kids and family, We were so sorry to hear about this tragic accident. We are keeping you all in our prayers. May God touch each one of...Read More »
8 of 56 | Posted by: Lori Varnadoe-Clark - Newnan, GA

“Words cannot express the sadness in our hearts for you and your family. May God help you in this great time of sorrow. ”
9 of 56 | Posted by: Jim and Lynn Langhoff - Mercer, WI

“I am very sorry to learn about the unexpected loss of your son Matthew. I know what a terrible shock it must be. I lost my sister in a car accident...Read More »
10 of 56 | Posted by: Lloyd - Muskego, WI

“I thank our Lord for the time I had with Matt - He was a great kid, a fine football player whom I loved to coach. He was kind, generous and faithful...Read More »
11 of 56 | Posted by: Pastor Kelly James Leary - CA

“You and your family have been in our hearts and minds, as well as our prayers. ”
12 of 56 | Posted by: Shirley & Sande Guinther - WI

“Dear Ashley, We were very saddened to hear about your brother's death. Our prayers go out to you and your family. May God be wih you and keep you...Read More »
13 of 56 | Posted by: Jeannie Gudgeon - Tomahawk, WV

“My prayers and deepest sympathies to the family. ”
14 of 56 | Posted by: Anita Goetsch Tritten - Wausau, WI

“Flo and Eric, I'm so sorry for your loss of Matt. What a tragic loss of a wonderful human being and son. My prayers are with you. love, Marj ”
15 of 56 | Posted by: Marjorie Brancel - Marshall, WI

“Mike, Angie, Brody, and family, Our deepest sympathy is with you in the loss of your son and brother, Matt. We got to know Matt through our...Read More »
16 of 56 | Posted by: Kathy & Randy Pfantz - Merrill, WI

“Eric and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, and please always remember, God has another angel. Ann Weinzatl ”
17 of 56 | Posted by: Ann Weinzatl - Brantwood, WI

“I am so sorry to here about Matt, I always enjoyed talking to him at Camp Holiday when we were there. Having lost my Brother a month ago i know how...Read More »
18 of 56 | Posted by: Jim & Cindy Leskey

“Matt drove school bus for me. He was an exceptional young man and employee; he had such a great attitude and smile. Every time I would see him I...Read More »
19 of 56 | Posted by: Chad Yaeger - Mankato, MN

“As a fellow bus driver I got to know Matt. His smile was contagious. His spirit commendable. His work ethic strong. He loved to fly and worked hard...Read More »
20 of 56 | Posted by: Charley Johnson - North Mankato, MN

“I did not know Matt personally, but because he was a friend of my daughter, I know that he was a compassionate, caring and fun loving man and that he...Read More »
21 of 56 | Posted by: Jean Neumueller - Medford, WI

“We are so very sorry for you in the loss of Matt. May the peace and love of God carry you through this hard time. ”
22 of 56 | Posted by: Dick and Michele Moyer - MERRILL, WI

“It is hard to say goodbye, especially to those you love, but God will keep him safe now. Peace be with you. ”
23 of 56 | Posted by: Lawrence Wiggins - Mankato, MN

“Mike, Angie, and family: I am so sorry for your loss. In time I hope that you can take comfort in the many happy memories that you have, and...Read More »
24 of 56 | Posted by: Stacie Weaver - West Bend, WI

“Words cannot express our deep sympathy. We pray that you have faith and understanding and hope you find comfort in knowing Matt is at peace flying...Read More »
25 of 56 | Posted by: Dave & Aly Manninen - Tomahawk, WI

“My deepest sympathies to all of you. We don't always understand why someone with so much to give to others and so young should be taken from this...Read More »
26 of 56 | Posted by: Wanda (Kleinschmidt) Dillard - CO

“I'm so sorry to read about your loss. I did not know your son but I bet he was a student that said sorry when he bumped into you and held doors for...Read More »
27 of 56 | Posted by: Julie Wurmnest - Amboy, MN

“Flo, Eric and Ashley, I am so sorry to hear of your terrible loss. Sounds like Matt had grown up to be quite an amazing young man. My thoughts,...Read More »
28 of 56 | Posted by: Karin (Becker) Divett - Merrill, WI

“We were so,sorry to hear about Matt. We wish we could be thee for you but please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We love all of you. ”
29 of 56 | Posted by: Jerry and Connie Rospert - OH

“Matt was a great co-worker here at Menards, Mankato. Although I did not know Matt very long, he always shared colorful stories and jokes. I miss...Read More »
30 of 56 | Posted by: Heather Dittel - Mankato, MN

“I am very sorry for your loss. ”
31 of 56 | Posted by: Brittany Lundin - Morristown, MN

“Although I only worked with Matt a few times, for a couple hours each trip, I knew him to be a kind young man, passionate about what he was doing and...Read More »
32 of 56 | Posted by: Dan Brock - Mankato, MN

“I never new Matthew, but I was deeply saddened to hear that a fellow MSU student passed before his time. My condolences to you and your family in...Read More »
33 of 56 | Posted by: Katelyn Dick - Mankato, MN

“Our hearts break with yours at the loss of Matt. Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his godly ones. This verse is a...Read More »
34 of 56 | Posted by: Tom Schubring - New Glarus, WI

“Flo, Eric and family We are so sorry to hear about this tragic accident. In heaven he waits until you meet again. Your family is in our thoughts and...Read More »
35 of 56 | Posted by: Diane Kohnhorst - Athens, WI

“Matt - I will always think about your smile. You were always so sweet and friendly and open. You will be missed by so many people and remembered as a...Read More »
36 of 56 | Posted by: Teri Gordon - Trenton, TN

“Zocher Family, I am extremely saddened for your loss. I had the privilege to get to know Matt at Youth Group and Marching Band in high school. I...Read More »
37 of 56 | Posted by: Megan (Pfantz) Parsons - Madison, WI

“You were the best Nephew, we will miss you. I am so proud of you! Love always Auntie Beth ”
38 of 56 | Posted by: Beth Schiller - Savannah, GA

“I knew Matt from Women in Aviation and class. He was always enjoyable to be around and seemed to always have the biggest smile. He will be deeply...Read More »
39 of 56 | Posted by: Brenda Weilnau - Mankato, MN

“Dear Eric, Flo and family. No words can help the hurt that your hearts feel right now. Please know you have many shoulders to lean on. Thoughts and...Read More »
40 of 56 | Posted by: Kim McCann

“I enjoyed having Matt in my youth group at Trinity in Merrill. He was always fun to be around and took to heart the many devotions and Bible studies...Read More »
41 of 56 | Posted by: Scott Johnson - St. Paul, MN

“Dear Flo & Family, Parents are not to bury their children, this is a real tragedy that should have never happened. My heart aches for you, Flo. ”
42 of 56 | Posted by: Sylvia Welker - Merrill, WI

“Dear Flo,Eric and family, our thoughts are with you and the loss of your son. Matthew accomplished so much in his short life. He will be missed by...Read More »
43 of 56 | Posted by: Jeff and Carrie Steckbauer - WI

“Matt was a true friend and enriched the lives of everyone around him. I'm going to miss his upbeat, lighthearted presence. I hope his family can find...Read More »
44 of 56 | Posted by: Joe Levickis - Wausau, WI

“He was always good to everyone. ”
45 of 56 | Posted by: Linda Pankow - Wausau, WI

“Matt was a dear friend to our daughter, Kiley. Her boyfriend, Andy, and Matt were roommates and close friends. Their hearts are broken with the...Read More »
46 of 56 | Posted by: Doug and Toni Nuernberg - MN

“I will think of all the wonderful memories we had with Matt. I'm so sorry for your loss, Matt is forever in my thoughts and prayers. ”
47 of 56 | Posted by: Heather Imhoff - Charleston, SC

“The one thing that always stood out to me about Matt was his positive and lighthearted demeanor. Even when he had rough days he would still smile...Read More »
48 of 56 | Posted by: Scott Perry - Lakeville, MN

“Matt was our best friend. We loved him dearly. He taught us the importance of living life to the fullest. He lived life loud and with as much...Read More »
49 of 56 | Posted by: Kiley Nuernberg and Andy Simonson - MN

“The Zocher family, Our family had the privilege to get to know Matt through the Maverick Flight team. Our sons, Kyle and Austin, are current MFT...Read More »
50 of 56 | Posted by: Paula Jacobsen - Lake Park, IA

“Flo & Eric and Mike & Angie, My heart just aches for all of you right now. Sounds like Matthew was quite an accomplished young man and you must have...Read More »
51 of 56 | Posted by: Jennifer Switlick - Marathon, WI

“Before he introduced me to my girlfriend he and I would have lots of fun at my place talking about airplanes, women, and beer. He was a true friend...Read More »
52 of 56 | Posted by: Matthew Crowson - Mankato , MN

“My prayers and deepest sympathies to the family. I had the privilege of being one of Matt's youth leaders at Trinity. I always enjoyed his warm...Read More »
53 of 56 | Posted by: Bill Hensel - Thorp, WI

“Flo and Family: My heart aches for you all. Flo you have shared so many wonderful stories with me about Matt. I feel like I have known him for yrs....Read More »
54 of 56 | Posted by: Teri Willet - Irma, WI

“May the love and peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be with you all in this sad time of loss. Matt was always such a bright, kind, fun young...Read More »
55 of 56 | Posted by: Andy and Marissa Ruehs - WI

“My dear, dear family! Words cannot express my deep sorrow at Matt's tragic accident! You are in my prayers. I am scheduled to be in Eau Claire...Read More »
56 of 56 | Posted by: Ginny Kottke - Wausau, WI


Matthew Lee Zocher, age 24, of Mankato, Minnesota, formerly of Merrill, died Thursday, November 24, 2011, in the Town of Bern. Matt was born March 6, 1987 in Wausau, Wisconsin, the son of Michael Zocher and Florence (Haskins) Steckling. In high school, he was involved in wrestling, track, football and marching band. Matt was a 2005 graduate of Merrill Senior High School. He attended Michigan Tech for 2 years where he was in the ROTC program. Currently, he was attending The University of Minnesota-Mankato. Matt had worked at Copper River Cranberry Marsh, Camp Luther, Harley Davidson and Line Tec. He drove school bus in Mankato, worked for Menards and the Mankato Airport. He enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling, kayaking, fishing, biking, spending time with family and friends and most of all, flying. Matt was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill, the Maverick Flight Team, Mankato and coached wrestling for the grade school students in Merrill. Matt is survived by his mother, Florence (Eric) Steckling of Tomahawk; his father, Michael (Angie) Zocher of Merrill; 2 sisters, Jessica Wilde of Wausau and Ashley (Ed Fogtiene) Zocher of Tomahawk.; 1 brother, Brody Zocher of Merrill; maternal grandparents, Pearl Haskins of Merrill and Agnes Steckling of Athens; paternal grandparents, Delmar Zocher of Merrill and Clark and Bonnie Callahan of Merrill; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Matt was preceded in death by his maternal grandfathers, David Haskins and Arlin Steckling and his paternal grandmother, Marjorie Zocher. Memorial services will be held Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 10:00 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill, Wisconsin. The Rev. Brian Stolarczyk will officiate. Friends may call on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 from 4-8 PM at the Waid Funeral Home Chapel and from 9:00 AM until the hour of services on Thursday, December 1 at Trinity Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to The Maverick Flight Team of Mankato, Minnesota, the Merrill Wrestling Association, Trinity Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice. The Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family. On line tributes may be made at www.waidfuneral.com

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