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Matthew James Neis



Matthew James Neis, age 51, passed away on January 8, 2020.  He was preceded in death by his father William Neis and brother Thomas Neis.  Matthew is survived by his spouse Sara Arrington;  son Riley Patrick Neis; stepson Kyle (Matthew) McGowen-Ashcraft; stepdaughter Shanley Ashcraft; mother Virginia Neis; in laws Thomas and Regina Hyldahl; brothers William Neis and John Neis; sisters Mary (Dick) White, Cathy (Julien Fowler) Neis and Anne Neis; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.  Special thanks to the Kregel staff members, who were like family to Matt.

Matt grew up in Grand Rapids and graduated from Catholic Central High School.  After a short time at Grand Rapids Community College, he went on the road with his brother John.  They worked on high performance pit crews for Racing Teams around the country.  After meeting Sara, they settled in Florida and welcomed their son Riley.  Baseball became a shared passion between them.  The family relocated to Grand Rapids, but baseball remained big part of their lives with the West Michigan Warriors team.  Riley played ball and Matt supported him to the max.

Matt was someone who could do whatever he put his mind to, sharing his skills and care with those who needed it.  Sara and Riley want to also thank our Kregel Family for their love and support.

Visitation will be Wednesday, January 15 from 2:00 -4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM with a Rosary at 7:30 PM at the O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd. SE and Thursday one hour prior to the service at church.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday January 16 10:30 AM at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 1449 Wilcox Park Dr., SE, Rev. James Chelich, presiding.

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  1. Matt was a great friend although we were not close as adults when I ran into him from time to time it was if we were still high school buddies. He will be missed.

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