Matthew Richard “Matt Man” Ranken, born December 15, 2001 in Geneva, IL to loving parents Tonda and Larry Ranken, passed away Wednesday February 27, 2013. Beloved younger brother of Nicholas and Christopher Weber and Aaron Ranken. Matthew attended North Elementary School in Sycamore as a 5th 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 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, John (Barb) Kennedy. 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. 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 pm on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at the Unger Horner Funeral Home, 400 N 6th St., Rochelle. Funeral Service will be at 11:00 am on Monday, at the First Presbyterian Church, 1100 Calvin Road, Rochelle with the Rev. Bill Landis officiating. Burial will be at the Lawnridge Cemetery in Rochelle. A memorial has been established in his name: Matthew Ranken, c/o Unger Horner Funeral Home, PO Box 87, Rochelle, IL 61068