Matthew Walsh
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Matthew Thomas Walsh, age 23, formerly of Overland Park, Kansas, was killed in front of his home in St. Louis, Missouri on Sunday, August 31, 2008. Matthew was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 23, 1985 and relocated to Overland Park at the age of 11. He went on to work several jobs, including 3 years at Dean & DeLuca, during which he attended the Aviation Institute of Maintenance. He graduated with honors and a perfect attendance record in January, 2008. Matthew met the love of his life in Jamie Wolff of Junction City, Kansas. Matthew and Jamie were wed on June 11, 2005. Their daughter was born March 6, 2008 and they could not have been happier. The family had moved to St. Louis in May where Matthew began his career as an aircraft mechanic. Matthew leaves behind his wife, Jamie, daughter, Scarlet Grace, parents, Tom and Valerie Walsh of Overland Park, brother, Jeremy of Overland Park, sister, Elaine of Orlando, FL, grandparents, Cletus and Kathleen O'Sadnick and Lillian Walsh of Albuquerque, NM, parents-in-law, Bob and Toni Wolff of Junction City, KS, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. A visitation will be held on Friday, September 5, 2008 from 6 to 8pm at D.W. Newcomer's Sons Johnson County Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park. A memorial service will be on Saturday, September 6, 2008 at 3:00pm at Blue Valley Christian Church, 12251 Lamar, Overland Park. In lieu of flowers, a special account has been set up for Jamie Walsh at UMB Bank to help the family. Any monetary donations can be made out to Jamie Walsh and sent to the family home, in care of Tom Walsh in Overland Park. Matthew would tell us that "it"s all good." He will live forever in our hearts; he will not be forgotten. (D.W. Newcomer's Sons Johnson County Chapel, 11200 Metcalf, Overland Park, Kansas 66210, 913- 451-1860)

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Published in Kansas City Star on Sep. 4, 2008.
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August 31, 2018
I wanted to let you all know you are in my thoughts today.
Sarah (Gulickson) Johnson
July 23, 2018
Happy birthday Matt! I miss you!
August 31, 2015
Keep looking over your family, your daughter is a real treat!
July 23, 2015
Happy 30th birthday Matt!
I'll shoot off some bottle rockets for you!
June 18, 2015
I didn't know Matthew. But he seemed like he would be a great guy. Saying sorry isn't going to help, I know. But...just knowing that this happened is enough for me to say it. I am sorry for what has happened. Truly. I wish there was something I could do. But keeping him in my heart is the best I can.
Alexis Robbins
April 2, 2015
I miss you Matt!
November 28, 2014
I think of you often Matt, we had many good times together...I wish I could have been able to say goodbye
Ryan Raich
September 22, 2014
I just wanted to let you guys know I still think about you often. You are one of the few families I have worked with that really touched me. You all have a lasting place in my heart.
Sarah Gulickson
September 3, 2014
Don't really know what to say other than you will never be forgotten, Matt. Think about you every time that jet fuel hits my nose.
Eric Lindsley
September 2, 2014
Always in our thoughts and prayers. We all miss him. I miss him.
Amin Wakas
September 1, 2014
For our friends Tom and Val, I will continue to keep your family in my prayers. The beautiful memory garden you all created for Matthew was a daily reminder to me of his presence. When the wind chimes would "sing," I would say, "Hello Matthew."
Mary Jean Billingsley
September 1, 2014
To Jamie - Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. You are amazing. May God bless you always!
Claudia Serrano
August 31, 2014
I had the pleasure of meeting you on an annual canoe trip down the Kansas river. You were such a good guy. You eventually had the pleasure of marrying one of my dearest friends. I only wish I got to know you better.
Jeffrey Corbett
August 31, 2014
We are thinking about and praying for peace in your hearts.
Belinda Snyder
August 31, 2014
To Jamie and Scarlet, I hope days get easier for you and someday praying for some closure from this tragic loss. Jamie you do a wonderful job and have the prettiest baby girl, I remember your baby shower for her, I love seeing your journey in life together. Best of wishes and healing to you both!
August 31, 2014
We had am amazing time together at Dean and Delia. I loved ya brother.
jeremiah christian
August 31, 2014
I miss my dear much
Kim Chown
August 31, 2014
Always in our family's prayers. Justice will be served. Peace, Hope & Love. In Jesus' name. Amen.
November 7, 2013
Such a tragedy. Thoughts and prayers for your family. The website was mentioned in a book I'm reading written/edited by Terrell Herzig. The book is dedicated to Matthew.
PJ Roma
September 22, 2012
To Jamie, Scarlet and the Walsh family - it has been a few years since the tragic day but I know that time alone cannot fully heal your wound. I never knew Matthew and happened to find this website on a text book I bought. I pray that your peace is renewed each morning by Christ who died for us all that we may be free. May the Holy Spirit be your comforter in the days ahead. RIP Matthew Walsh! God Bless, Pete
Pete G
August 31, 2012
So sad. Scarlett, you look like your daddy. Walk tall in life cuz your daddy's always with you in your heart!
Heather Miller
August 23, 2012
said goodbye in the parking lot at work maybe an hour before your passing. lets get this solved .
Adam lutley
September 25, 2011
One who has been fortunate enough not to have endured a tragic loss such as yours cannot imagine the pain you have suffered. God bless each and every family member. We pray your hearts will be a lighter with a solve soon.
You are in our prayers.
Ruth E. McDonald
September 1, 2011
I was also one of the persons who read the memorial in the Kansas City Star today. May God Bless your family for all that you have been put through. My prayers are with you all. Hoping that keeping his memory alive and touching the lives of strangers as you did mine brings some comfort into your hearts. Thank you for sharing your story, it helps remind us each and every day to treasure what we have. God Bless!
Martha R
August 31, 2011
I also read the memorial in the Kansas City Star today. May time heal the heartache and the beautiful memories remain. God Bless everyone in this beautiful family.
Stacie Jones
August 31, 2011
I read the memorial in the Kansas City Star...My prayers are with your family...May God bless...

Toni Browning, Kansas City, Missouri
May 21, 2011
Hold tight to your family and your signs. Sometimes it's hard to separate the two. Personally, I believe God gives us those signs as a gift. It allows you to be comforted by both him and Matthew. I will pray that his mercy will shine down upon all of you. Take care and know that you're loved.
Jennifer Menon
January 26, 2011
Matthew lives in the hearts of family and friends and through the glorious gift of his beautiful daughter. For Jamie, his parents and siblings, God bless you.
Fran Hunter
December 10, 2010
I worked with Jamie & Elaine in Overland Park, and I just found out about this tragic news. My thoughts are with you. I'm so sorry for what happened.
Crystal Hartford
November 23, 2010
I remember many good times hanging out with you as a kid. My prayers go out to your family. Rest In Peace.
Ryan Irusta
October 28, 2010
Matthew you and i were good friends back in high school. god bless you and your family.may you R.I.P You will forever be missed but never forgotton. sincerly nicole conn
nicole conn
September 23, 2010
Matthew I knew you as a kid. You were always so nice and caring to those around you. I know your family and friends miss you terribly. R.I.P.
Jason Evans
September 14, 2010
May GOD bless, comfort and keep you all.
M Moore
September 1, 2010
I wanted to let you all know you are in my thoughts this week. I think about each of you often.

Sarah Gulickson
Sarah Gulickson
August 31, 2010
Tom and Family,

You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

April 28, 2010
Such a senseless death and such a tragedy to happen to his family. My deepest sympathies. Having just lost someone very close recently, the loss is not easy and it's ok to take as long it takes to heal. My prayers are with you all.
Patti Norcutt
April 16, 2010
I cannot imagine a worse pain. What a terrible loss you have all suffered. Know that there are people all over who are feeling your pain and praying for your family
April 15, 2010
I was lead to this from the Dedication in one of your fabulous books on information security. I was shocked and saddened by the story.

My deepest condolences and prayers.
Dennis Henderson
March 24, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Tom.
Neil Hansen
March 19, 2010
There are no words to say. My heart goes out to you all.
February 25, 2010
I happened happened upon this by accident while looking for another Matthew Walsh. As a mother of young children this story stikes a chord in me. You have my sympathy and love! Stay strong in your grief for your darling Matthew
February 3, 2010
i had a beutiful son named matthew walsh he died by suicide in march of 2003 he would be almost 22 yrs old I loved him so much and there isnot a day that goes by that i dont think of him I hope that matthew is with mine and they are happy and taking care of each other
January 11, 2010
I came across Matthew's website by accident and felt compelled to read his story. My best goes out to your entire family and wish you strength and peace.
David Walsh
September 11, 2009
I did not know Matthew, but when I read his obiturary in the KC Star, I was moved to learn more; and my heart goes out to you and your family--it was such a senseless crime--and huge loss. I am so grateful for each day that I have on this earth--as someone had told me that "tomorrow is never promised."
Perhaps you can take some comfort in knowing that you have a beautiful grandchild that will carry on his name.
God Bless you and your entire family, and thank you for sharing Matthew's story.
Mary Harris
September 4, 2009
Tom, Val and family --
My prayers continue to be with you. As you remember Matthew and miss his presence, may you, in the midst of watching and waiting and weeping, hold fast to the knowledge, the hope, and the truth that the day will come when we shall behold Jesus face to face, and with him, all our loved ones who have gone on before. God bless you.
Rev. Scott Brown
September 3, 2009
My daughter and I stopped at the park during Justice for Matthew.I spoke to Matthews' father-in-law, and was terribly moved by the story.Although I wasn't one of the many people lucky enough to have known him, it broke my heart.The thought of a young wife going on alone and a child growing up not having enjoyed the love only a father can give, nearly tore my heart out.Our family will remember you in our prayers, and also pray the person responsible will be caught. It won't bring Matthew back, but at least there will be some closure. God Bless You
Therese Christensen
September 2, 2009
For Scarlet Grace @ Jamie I have stories to tell you about my youngest grandson Matthew. He was such a great kid and I miss him every day of my life. I just console myself that he is with his loving Grandfatherin a place that we willone day see for ourselves and realize that this is just the beginning and not the end of our lives I love you all. Granma
Kathleen o'Sadnick
September 1, 2009
To the Walsh family, especially Tom and Val, as the mother of a son who died 5 years ago at the age of 42, although not violently but from a stroke, I know the pain you are going through. My prayers are with you as you lean heavily on God's arms.
Linda Bishop
August 31, 2009
God Bless all who loved him. My brothers and I, too, all experienced "signs" after our parents' deaths. There is so much we are not meant to know; but if nothing else, the signs appear to help us heal the raw pain of losing a loved one in such an untimely way. You will all be in my prayers, especially for Matt's darling daughter.
August 31, 2009
Tom, Val, Jeremy, Elaine, Jaime and Scarlet-
My thoughts and prayers are with you today. I wish I could be there w/ you all. Matthew has truely taught us about love and forgiveness.
Brandy Rogers
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