Raymond Matthew “Matt” Thurber
October 2, 1989 – May 8, 2018
Raymond (Matthew) Thurber, age 28, died unexpectedly on Tuesday morning, May 8, at his home in Omaha, NE. Matt was born October 2, 1989 to Raymond and Cathy (Behling) Thurber. He married the love of his life, Lizz, on July 25, 2014 in Marquette, MI. Their daughter, Sylvie Rae was born on May 20, 2017 and was the light of his life. Matt had a lifelong passion for hockey that he pursued with the Omaha Lancers, Wisconsin Badgers, Northern Michigan Wildcats and professionally with the Bakersfield Condors. After retiring from hockey, he shared his love of the game through coaching youth hockey for the Omaha Junior Lancer program. Through all the years of hockey, he developed countless lifelong friendships, which he cherished every day. Above all what Matt treasured most was his family. He is preceded in death by his mother Cathy Thurber; grandparents Raymond J. Thurber, Gerald and Gloria Behling. He survived by his loving wife Elizabeth “Lizz” (Dineen) and daughter Sylvie Rae; father Raymond Thurber; sister Caitlyn (John) Backes and nephew Oscar; grandmothers Kathleen Thurber and Mary Anne Dworak; aunts Janice (Chuck) Sable, Mary Anne Thurber, Patti Thurber (Greg Lais); uncle John Thurber; in-laws Richard “Dick” and Eileen Dineen, Nick (Line), Bill, Cale and Mary Dineen; many other loving relatives and friends; and best buddy Rufus.
Visitation begins Friday, May 11, at 5pm with memorial service at 7pm at the mortuary. Mass: Saturday at 10am at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church (119 & Pacific St). Interment will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Sylvie Rae Thurber educational fund.