Matthew Ray Hansen, age 35, passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at home, surrounded by family. He was born June 27, 1982 in Beloit, Wis., the son of Richard and Mary (Richardson) Hansen. He graduated from Beloit Memorial High School as valedictorian in 2000, and continued his education at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where he attained his software engineering degree in 2004. Matt then went on to work at Epic Systems in Verona where he served as an integral team member.
Matt was an avid baseball fan, always cheering on the Brewers, a tennis fan, movie buff and critic (never wanting a spoiled ending), a traveling guru, a futurist, science and technology advocate, and a spreadsheets and Brackets enthusiast. His shining accomplishments include bowling a perfect 300 and winning the 2000 State Legion Baseball Championship where he was named MVP. But his proudest accomplishment was marrying Katelyn in 2008, and starting their family adventures together.
Matt spent the last weeks of his life surrounded by family and friends playing board games, bingo and making lasting memories.
He is survived by his wife, Katelyn R. (Chesick) Hansen; children, Jacob and Josephine; his trusted canine companion, Maeby; his parents; his siblings, Ben and Bethany Hansen; his grandfather, Russell Richardson; and many more extended family members.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Alice Richardson, and Ray and Ellen Hansen.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate Matt on Sunday, April 22nd from 1 – 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Brewing Company, 1079 American Way, Verona. A time for eulogies and prayer will be at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating money to The Sarcoma Foundation of America or Agrace HospiceCare. Thank you to the wonderful staff at Agrace for taking such great care of Matt.
Matt has touched the lives of many of us during his time at Epic – as a friend, a mentor, and an Epic rock star. Matt has always been an awesome colleague, and this donation is one way we can thank Matt for his contributions and show the magnitude of his awesomeness over the past 13 years.
We have chosen to donate to the Sarcoma Foundation of America in honor of Matt Hansen, joining together with other like-minded supporters who want to see a cure for sarcoma.
It’s faster and easier than ever to work together on raising money for the cure for sarcoma. Sarcoma, a rare cancer of the connective tissues, affects not only the 50,000 people living in the US with a sarcoma diagnosis but also their friends, families and neighbors.
Your tax-deductible gift—any amount helps—will make a difference in the lives of many!
Sarcoma Foundation of America advocates for increased research funding to find innovative new therapies to treat sarcoma patients. Dollars raised help to privately fund research grants and to conduct education and advocacy efforts on behalf of sarcoma patients.
For more information about the Sarcoma Foundation of America, please visit www.curesarcoma.org.