Matthew was born on May 25, 1995, the son of Todd and Laurie (Vaske) Gerrietts. He was raised in Remsen and attended St. Mary's Catholic School where he was a senior and on the football team and track. Matthew was a paper carrier for the Sioux City Journal, worked at Majeres Foodtown in Remsen and also did DE tasseling every summer. He had just recently joined the U.S. Marine Corps.
Matthew was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church and was also an altar server. He loved football, the Hawkeyes and the 49ers. He looked forward to being a Marine. He was president of the Stars and Stripes 4-H Club.
Survivors include: his parents, Todd and Laurie Gerrietts, of Remsen; his brothers and sisters, Josie, Elizabeth, Mindy, Adam, Jacob, Isaiah, Sam and Abraham; maternal grandparents, Al and Susie Vaske, of Remsen; paternal grandmother, Betty Gerrietts, of Le Mars; aunts and uncles, Rick Vaske, Angie (Keith) Renken and Andy Vaske, all of Remsen, Joe Vaske, of Houston, Texas, Mary Vaske and Tom (Katie) Vaske, all of Le Mars, Connnie (Franco) Taracena, of Sioux City, Bonnie (Larry) Gardner, of Hornick, Sue Meier, of Sioux Falls, S.D., Gary (Kim) Gerrietts, of Le Mars, Lori (Bob) Hoefling, of Marcus, and numerous cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Lowell Gerrietts; an uncle, Terry Gerrietts and a cousin, Alex Renken.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with Rev. William McCarthy officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be anytime after 4 p.m. on Thursday. There will be a parish rosary at 5 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7:00 p.m., all at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen.
Casket bearers will be Blake Bartholomaus, Billy Bunjes, Scott Gardner, Josh Gerrietts, Jon Hoefling and Phillip Renken.
Honorary casket bearers will be St. Mary's Class of 2013 and St. Mary's football team.
Service have been entrusted to Fisch Funeral Home and Monument in Remsen. Condolences may be sent online to www.fischfh.com.