SYCAMORE – Matthew Richard "Matt Man" Ranken, born Dec. 15, 2001, in Geneva, Ill., to loving parents Tonda and Larry Ranken, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. |
He was the beloved younger brother of Nicholas and Christopher Weber and Aaron Ranken. Matthew attended North Elementary School in Sycamore as a fifth-grader. Matthew was a spirited young man who was befriended and loved by all who knew him. He loved playing and watching sports, especially the Chicago Bears, and in his parents' eyes, he was the greatest football player on the field. He also enjoyed video games, hunting, fishing, sledding and playing in the outdoors.
Survivors include his grandparents, Arlene and Wesley Scott and Janice and Ferrell Kennedy; aunts, Tina Scott, Tammy (Bill) Dean, Kathy (Rick) Tyner, Cindy Oleson, Deanne Pratt, Carolyn (John) Schindewolf, Dana (Joe) Williams, Donna (Terry) Johnson and Tyanne Kennedy-Etes; uncles, Steve Scott and John (Barb) Kennedy; and cousins, Valarie, Brandon, Jamie, Robert, Katelyn, Samantha, Farrah, Dwayne, Hayley, Jeremy, Timothy, Terry, Kyle, Melissa, Michael, Carisa, Bryant, Jonathon, Kevin, Dereck, Megan, Jacob, Danielle, Crista, Damon, Alex, Michael, Jeremy II and Tyler. He also was loved and adored by many other friends and family.
His parents want him to know that his Mommy and Daddy love him very much.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2013, at Unger Horner Funeral Home, 400 N. Sixth St., Rochelle. Funeral Service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 4, at First Presbyterian Church, 1100 Calvin Road, Rochelle, with the Rev. Bill Landis officiating. Burial will be at Lawnridge Cemetery in Rochelle.
A memorial has been established in his name: Matthew Ranken, in care of Unger Horner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 87, Rochelle, IL 61068, or in care of First National Bank and Trust of Rochelle.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Mar. 2, 2013