Matthew W. Stautz, 43

Matthew W. Stautz, 43 Matthew W. Stautz, 43, went to his eternal rest July 16, 2016. He passed away doing the second thing he loves, riding his motorcycle. His first love is his children, Megan of Rothschild and Dakota of Tennessee.

Matthew was born in Milwaukee and grew up in West Bend, graduating from West Bend West. During his youth he was active in sports, especially hockey, which continued through his thirties. Matthew joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed on the USS McCandless. He also obtained his second-degree black belt in karate after returning from the Navy.

After serving his country in the Navy, Matthew pursued a career as a paramedic/ dispatcher for much of his adult years. Recently, he was self-employed as a transportation engineer.

Matthew is survived by his children, Megan and Dakota; parents, Roland (Chris) Stautz and Jean Marie (Kevin Boynton) Swift; brother, Jamie (Heather) Stautz; and a niece and nephew. He is further survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as stepbrothers, Master Gunnery Sgt. Jason (Angela and daughter, Liberty) Boynton of Madison and Marine Corp. Capt. Colin (Ellen) Boynton of San Clemente, California. He is also survived by many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his ex-wife, Laura; grandfather, Leonard Swift; and grandparents, Rollin and Margaret Stautz.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016, at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel of West Bend. Inurnment will take place at King Veterans Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday, July 23, at the funeral home from noon until the time of service at 3 p.m.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or www.phillipfuneralhome.com.