Matthew Siebke Memorial Endowed Schotarship
On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, Matthew Kenneth Siebke died unexpectedly five days after routine knee surgery. He was born on November 17, 1977 in Davenport, Iowa. During the first years of his life, he lived on a farm near Walcott, Iowa with his parents Kenneth and Connie and sister Melissa. The family moved to a farm near Medford, Minnesota when Matthew was four. He received his First Communion and Confirmation at Christ the King Catholic Church in Medford. He also sang in the children’s choir and served mass. Matthew worked hard on the farm doing chores: taking care of the pigs, planting and harvesting crops, and picking rock. Helping his mom inside, he developed a love of cooking and baking. He purchased his first Nintendo when he was 9 years old, beginning his lifelong love of playing video games. In addition, Matthew frequently spent time with his maternal grandpa and, as a result, developed a love of professional wrestling. He shared these passions (playing video games, watching professional wrestling, and cooking and baking) with his sons. He attended and graduated from Medford Public Schools. Matthew was an excellent student, and he played football and basketball while in school. During high school and his first years of college, he worked at Hy-Vee in Owatonna. In 1999, he completed an associate degree at Riverland Community College and received a bachelor’s degree from Winona State University in 2002. Upon graduation from college, he worked for a brief time at Hy-Vee in Owatonna and at Home Furniture in the Twin Cities. Soon after, he started to work in credit at Ecolab in St. Paul, later moving into finance management positions. During his time at Ecolab, he met his loving wife, Tricia Butler. They married in 2008 and have a family of three little boys. He loved his family above his own life; the boys were his treasure. He said “I never knew how much I would love being a father!” He was an intelligent, generous, and sensitive human being and had a quick wit and sharp sense of humor. He is dearly missed by the many who love him.