Matthew J. Ryder

Matthew J. Ryder

Mar 27, 1983 – Feb 23, 2017

The family will receive friends Tuesday, Feb. 28th from 6pm to 8pm at the Bel Air Chapel.  SERVICES Wednesday, March 1st at 11am, Bel Air Chapel. Interment, Evergreen Memorial Park. Memorials to the Ryder Children Education Fund.


Matthew James Ryder, age 33, passed away at his home in Papillion on Thursday, February 23, 2017. Matt was born on March 27, 1983, at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, to Benjamin and Kimberly Ryder.

Matt was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, John and Gene Sadaj; paternal grandparents, Jim and Jeanne Ryder. He is survived by his loving wife, Katie; four sons: Mason, Eli, Owen, and Logan; beloved Labradoodle, Maggie, whom Matt named after his favorite song, Sugar Magnolia. He is also survived by his parents, Benjamin and Kimberly Ryder; three siblings: Stephen (wife Trisha and their sons Zachary and Adam), Kelly Ryder (husband Dylan Greene and their son Lucas and daughter Hallie), and Andrew Ryder; two of his best friends, Tommy Reynolds whom he has known for 27 years, and Steven Murley, whom he has known for 18 years; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends.

A 2001 graduate of Papillion-LaVista High School, Matt earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and was working toward a Master’s degree from Creighton University.

Matt served as a Financial Advisor for Prudential Financial Services, dedicating his time and efforts to helping others prepare for their futures. He worked tirelessly to provide security and peace of mind to all of those he helped.

Matt and Katie were wed on July 12, 2008, and welcomed four beautiful boys into their lives. He spent much of his time playing with and reading to his four active boys. One of their favorite outings with their dad was getting Happy Meals with him on Sunday afternoons. He was an avid soccer player, fan of Manchester United, history buff, home improvement enthusiast, and all around tinkerer. As a result of countless family vacations, he and his siblings shared a love of Walt Disney World, our family spending many memorable days at the Polynesian Resort, and Disneyland.

Matt possessed boundless energy, an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, and an innate desire to teach others. Matt put 100% into everything he did. His dedication and passion were self-evident in each of his endeavors. Though he rarely won, he would stay up late playing video games with his youngest brother, Andrew. The time they spent together was worth more than the outcome of the game.

Matt fiercely loved his family and friends, often acting as a trusted leader to those around him. As the oldest of four siblings, he was always our protector, our guide, and our hero.

You are truly, deeply, and unconditionally loved; treasured husband, son, and brother. We will think of you every day and keep you in our hearts forever.  May we meet again.


  • William R. Perry III Posted February 24, 2017 10:28 pm

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I attended school with Matt.

  • Randall & Naomi Posted February 25, 2017 1:32 pm

    My husband and I are truly sorry for your tremendous loss and would like to express our condolences to the entire family. We cannot imagine the great pain and sorrow you are experiencing during this very difficult time. It is our sincere hope you find comfort in knowing that God has promised to “swallow up death forever” (Isaiah 25:8), and that he will resurrect our dear loved ones who have passed away. (John 5:28). May your many great memories help you find peace and comfort as you go through the coming days.

  • Cathy and Lloyd Glesmann Posted February 25, 2017 3:40 pm

    Please accept our deepest and sincerest condolences. Matt was a great guy, one of a kind. He was Kate’s soccer coach. I wish there were words enough to take away you and your family’s pain. God bless you all. God bless Matt.

  • Jenna Seberg and Dan Nelson Posted February 25, 2017 4:35 pm

    Matt was hands-down one of the best managers I have ever had and such a wonderful friend- The support I had from him when my dad passed away in August was more than I could imagine. He was Dan’s soccer coach growing up. My family would like to express our condolences to the Ryder family during this trying time, His wisdom, wit and humor will be greatly missed. I owe a lot to him and wish that you all think about the memories you had with him- and continue to include him in the memories you make.

  • Lori Tolzman Posted February 25, 2017 5:11 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Haven’t seen Matt since high school, but he was a great guy then. He will be missed.

  • Jim & Kathie Schweiss Posted February 25, 2017 5:22 pm

    Dear Ben, Kim, Katie & four sons, his brothers and sister and their families and friends,

    Jim and I wish to extend to each of you our deepest condolences regarding the death of Matt.
    We remember Matt as the first born little boy of our neighbors and friends, Kim and Ben, We had the honor of watching him play in his backyard next to our driveway.. What a handsome little guy he was. Always enjoying new adventures with a big smile on his face.
    We hope that each of you find comfort and peace in the great moments you shared with Matt through the years. We share in your loss.
    Again, our most sincere sympathies to you.
    Jim and Kathie Schweiss

  • Larry Lahaie Family Posted February 25, 2017 5:23 pm

    Matt was one of the nicest guys I knew that grew up in the Papillion area. I was lucky enough to coach a number of them on the LaVista Lightning. Lots of great stories but the best…When ordering uniforms, Matt asked for extra small as he had been lifting weights. So Matt.
    He will be missed and we will pray for the family.

  • Joel Bails Posted February 25, 2017 5:24 pm

    You are in the thoughts and prayers of the Bails Family. Please accept our condolences.

  • Robbie Pfeiffer Posted February 25, 2017 5:42 pm

    Ryder Family,

    I want to send my deepest condolences. You all were like family and Matt was a great friend. My heart hurts for you all of you and my prayers go out for Matt as well as you all. I know I haven’t been there for years, but my thought and prayers are there. I love you and my prayers are with you all.

  • Josh Passler Posted February 25, 2017 5:43 pm

    I’m deeply saddened to hear Matt has passed away. He was my manager, my tutor, and a great friend. I was luckly enough to know him for a few years. Kate, I’m sorry to hear about your loss and I am here for you and the kids. I’ll miss seeing you bring over Mason to the Stony Brook branch. Steve, I’m sorry that you lost your big brother. I enjoyed our times together and I’ll never forget them. To Matt’s parents, he spoke highly of you, how much respect he had for you, and I’m sorry you lost a great son. Do not forget the man that Matt was and remember how he affected our lives in a positive way. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Dave and Brenda Carlson Posted February 25, 2017 6:21 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers to all of you. Matt was very special and had an infectious smile and will be missed by so many. Our hearts go out to you. We pray the love of God enfolds you during the days ahead. We are here to support you in any way we can. Prayers and Blessings. Dave and Brenda.

  • Shelby Weis Posted February 25, 2017 6:43 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. There are no words I could say to take this pain from you but please know I will be thinking of you all and praying for you.

  • Stephanie Karlik Posted February 25, 2017 7:00 pm

    When I think of Matt, I think of him with a smile in his soccer uniform at PLHS. I am saddened to hear of his passing. My warmest wishes go out to your family.

  • Jennifer Molczyk Posted February 25, 2017 7:04 pm

    Eric and I send our prayers in this horribly unexpected tragic time. Praying for peace and comfort to his family and friends. May the Lord hold his babies close and give them the strength they’ll need.

  • Amy Wagner Posted February 25, 2017 7:04 pm

    Matt was a leader in the greatest sense of the word. I wish the Ryder family my deepest condolences. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Richard Lahaie and Kelsey Lahaie Posted February 25, 2017 7:11 pm

    I have known Matt since 7th grade. He was confident and an amazing friend. He helped me out many times and I will never forget him for that. He will be dearly missed. Rest In Peace. Father, friend and brother.

  • Chantell Glazebrook Posted February 25, 2017 7:30 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss . I worked with Matt along time ago at SAC .
    He was always very nice and enjoyed playing volleyball with him . Lots of good times at SAC ?. He will be deeply missed .

  • Samantha Bramblett Posted February 25, 2017 7:40 pm

    My condolences to the entire Ryder family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Michelle Koebel Posted February 25, 2017 7:53 pm

    I have not seen Matt since High School Graduation but always remember him as an all around nice person. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Ashley Jones Posted February 25, 2017 8:33 pm

    My condolences and prayers go out to family and friends. Matt was such a nice guy.

  • Dee Morris-Streebin Posted February 25, 2017 8:34 pm

    Condolences to the family. Matt was a great person in school!! Until we meet again!

  • Steve and Roxi Clauson Posted February 25, 2017 8:36 pm

    Our deepest condolences Ben and Kim. We share in your sorrow. Matt was such a sweet boy. I will always remember his infectious smile and all the fun we had in Cub Scouts. He was such a gentle and kind young man. I pray for God to give you peace and comfort. Much love from our family to yours?

  • Alexis Johnson Posted February 25, 2017 11:12 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I went to high school with Matt. Prayers to your family during this difficult time.

  • Scarlett (Herring) Miller Posted February 26, 2017 6:53 am

    My sincere thoughts and prayers are with the Ryder family in this difficult time. May God be with you all.

  • Susan van Beers Posted February 26, 2017 9:37 am

    I extend my deepest sympathy to Katie, the boys and the entire Ryder Family. I hope you will take comfort in the many wonderful memories and amazing times you all shared! My thought and prayers are with you!

  • Justin Bradley Posted February 26, 2017 10:24 am

    Sorry to hear about your loss I went to school with Matt. Im very sorry for you loss

  • Maureen Fleming Posted February 26, 2017 10:46 am

    How lucky Matthew was to live his life in such a loving family. My condolences to Ben and Kim and all of Matthew’s family. There is another soul in heaven watching out for you. Listen for his quiet voice.

  • Ramona Ash-Saulter Posted February 26, 2017 11:41 am

    I am very sorry for your loss. I knew Matt from SAC and he was always very nice to me. I worked with Steve. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. God bless.

  • Lisa Holstine Posted February 26, 2017 10:09 pm

    My deepest sympathy to the Ryder Family. May you feel Gods unconditional love at such a time. Prayers and thoughts to your family.

  • Kara Schweiss Posted February 27, 2017 9:27 am

    I remember Matt as the lovely little boy of our long-ago next-door neighbors. By all accounts, he became a remarkable man. My deepest condolences to Matt’s wife and children, his parents and siblings, and everyone else who loved him.

  • Jonathon G. Kircher Posted February 27, 2017 11:05 am

    I am very saddened by this news. I attended law school with Matt and studied together with him our first and second years. I got to know him quite well during the many hours we spent hunkered down with a piles of books and outlines of black letter law concepts in the law library. I consider him to be one of the best human beings I met during that period. I was impressed with his character, work ethic and intellect. Being around him made me a better person. He was a very special man. I will miss him. I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

  • Becky Dawkins Posted February 27, 2017 1:25 pm

    My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the entire Ryder family. Dr. Ryder, please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • Kathy and Mike Pohl Posted February 27, 2017 1:28 pm

    Mike and I extend to your entire family our deepest condolences. We were so very saddened to hear the news of Matt’s passing. We remember the high school soccer games and the fun times had by all. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bring you comfort and peace during this very difficult time. Sincerely, Kathy and Mike

  • Tammy Wilson Posted February 28, 2017 12:10 pm

    Kim , Ben and Matt’s entire family,
    I can’t imagine the pain and sorrow you all are experiencing at this time . I pray your memories of Matt carry you through this time of grief ;and that God will bring you comfort and His peace
    Tammy Wilson

  • Elizabeth (Schicker) Monical Posted February 28, 2017 12:15 pm

    There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love. -Washington Irving

  • Shiloh Schweiss Posted March 1, 2017 10:38 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers go out to the the Ryder family during this difficult time!

  • Doug Scallorn Posted March 8, 2017 2:47 pm

    Dear Kim and Ben; Something made me think about you guys the other day, seemingly out of the blue. Having 3 children of my own, along with a beautiful stepdaughter, I can’t even begin to imagine the depth of pain you are having to deal with. My sincere hope is that someday you’ll be able to take solace in knowing what kind of contributions your son made to this world in his all too brief time here. One only needs to read the Condolence comments made previously to get an idea of the quality of life your son brought to his family and others who were fortunate enough to know him. I believe that although his time here on earth, in his human form, is now over, his spirit and the lessons he taught others by example will live on for generations to come. And, as the person who wrote the obituary mentioned at the end if it, you will all meet again. May peace find all of you soon and stay in your hears forever.

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