SYCAMORE — Matthew Richard “Matt Man” Ranken, born Dec. 15, 2001 in Geneva, to loving parents Tonda and Larry Ranken, and beloved younger brother of Nicholas and Christopher Weber and Aaron Ranken, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013.
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 is also 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 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 3 at the Unger Horner Funeral Home, 400 N. Sixth St., Rochelle. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, at the First Presbyterian Church, 1100 Calvin Road, Rochelle, with the Rev. Bill Landes officiating. Burial will be at the Lawnridge Cemetery in Rochelle.
A memorial has been established in his name: Mathew Ranken, c/o Unger Horner Funeral Home, PO Box 87, Rochelle, IL 61068.
An online guestbook is available at www.ungerhorner.com.