Matthew R. Van Auken, age 33, of Bethel died May 13, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, May 21st at Northern Lights Ballroom and Banquet Center, 10376 112th Ave., Milaca, MN 56353. (Pease Area). A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Military Honors will be provided by the Princeton American Legion Honor Guard and the National Guard.
Matthew Van Auken was born November 25, 1982, to Randall and Renee Van Auken (Stacy) in Minneapolis, MN. He graduated from Legacy (Meadow Creek) Christian Academy in Andover, MN in 2001. Matt entered the United States Army on May 19, 2004, where he served 3 years, 3 months and 21 days. During this service, he spent 1 year, 3 months and 19 days in Afghanistan. He served with RECON C CO 3/71st Calvary RSTA 10th Mountain Division as an Infantryman, which took him on multiple combat missions.
On August 8, 2008, his first child, Adrianna, was born. Matt started dating Cheryl Sweesy in 2011 and in 2013, he married the love of his life, Cheryl, in Anoka, Minnesota. On August 10, 2013, Matt and Cheryl had a baby girl they named Brooklyn. Matt now had three lovely girls in his life. They purchased a home in East Bethel, MN.
Cheryl noticed that each year around the time of the Memorial Day through the July 4th Holiday, Matt wished that people would celebrate the freedoms that many, many veterans had fought for in a very dangerous situations at home and abroad. Matt was so very proud of being in the military and that he was able to try to protect our country. Matt has always been ready to help anyone when they needed help.
Matt passed away at their home on 05/13/2016.
Matt is preceded in death by grandfather David Stacy, and Grandparents Richard and Marjorie Van Auken. He is survived by his wife Cheryl, daughters Adrianna and Brooklyn, father Randall Van Auken, mother Renee (Mark) Sagvold, brother Jordan (Amanda)Van Auken, and grandmother June Stacy. In-Laws: Parents Scott and Lynette Sweesy, sisters Cristine (Larry) Maurer, Catherine, Cirsten, Caitlyn, and Chelsea, brother Scott all Sweesy’s and grandparents Mervin and Carol Kirchner.
Thank you all for your time, prayers, and any help you may be able to provide. We will keep all of you in our prayers.
Memorial’s can be sent to their home or online at www.gofundme.com/VanAuken