Matthew Wayne Speigel, 46, a long-time resident of Hendersonville, Tenn., entered Heaven's gate on April 18, 2016 to join his beloved brother to serve as a family guardian angel.
Matthew was known for his soft heart, silly jokes and dry wit, his love of cats, music and theater, and his abiding love of hanging out with family.
Matthew was born in Panama City on March 10, 1970, and lived in Tokyo until he was five years old where he was involved in modeling and television commercials. He spent most of his youth in Belleville, Ill. He graduated from Belleville East High School, attended the University of Northern Colorado, received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and was awarded a teaching certificate from the TEFL Institute at the State University of New York.
He joined the U.S. Navy after high school and served as an operations specialist in the Persian Gulf during Desert Storm. After receiving his bachelor's degree in Chattanooga, he moved to Hendersonville, Tenn., where he was a substitute teacher in elementary, secondary and high school classrooms, and a volunteer at the First Baptist Church before moving to Bangkok to teach English as a second language for a brief period. He moved to Lewisville, Texas in 2014 where he proudly owned his first house, treasured his time with family, and cherished every chance to eat his much-loved spicy Asian cuisine - the hotter the better!
Matthew was preceded in death by grandparents and his beloved older brother, Michael Shane Speigel.
Surviving are his son, Nathan of Westminster, Colo.; daughter, Mikayla of Ringgold, Ga.; his mother, Annette Marie Bales Speigel of Apache Junction, Ariz.; father and stepmother, Wayne and Pamela Speigel of Coppell, Texas; stepbrother, Michael Darkoch of Coppell, Texas; and many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends far and wide.
The family is eternally grateful to the Dallas VA Medical Center doctors and staff for their loving care.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the
in honor of Matthew's big heart for those in need.
Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Rolling Oaks Funeral Home, 400 Freeport Pkwy, Coppell, Texas with Rev. Nathan Tucker officiating. A graveside service and burial will be held at noon Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at the Hendersonville Memorial Gardens, Hendersonville, Tenn.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Apr. 24, 2016