Matthew Scheffler

Matthew Gene Scheffler

Sunday, August 17th, 1980 - Thursday, November 26th, 2020
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Matthew Gene Scheffler, age 40, went down swinging surrounded by family on Thursday, November 26, 2020, at his home overlooking Geneva Lake in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, after years of tirelessly fighting and pushing his body and mind to their limits.

As the baby of four siblings, and in true youngest child form, he was the consummate instigator. He was witty, street smart, and resourceful—characteristics that, among many others, made him such a tremendous success in life.

He was a scholar athlete alumnus of Springfield High School (Illinois) and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where he received a full scholarship for football while simultaneously earning his Civil Engineering degree and MBA. He worked as a civil engineer for Knight E/A, where he also served as the resident commissioner for office fantasy leagues and considered many of his colleagues to be close friends.

In July 2014, Matt married Eileen (Green) Scheffler in County Mayo, Ireland. Together they shared three sweet, hilarious, and curious children: Maura (5), Laird (3) and Brennan (1). His greatest joys were watching his kids swim, as well as traveling the world, dancing at weddings, planning epic gameday events, selling tickets, sending text GIFs, and sitting on the front porch listening to music.

Matt was forever loyal to his friends, to his family, and to his Minnesota Vikings. He challenged all information, and he was never one to back down from a challenge, be it a political debate or game of Monopoly. He also participated in multiple triathlons, mud runs, and basketball leagues.

He was the rare mix of intelligence, decisiveness, and confidence, while maintaining an easy-going temperament and always staying humble. He had a diverse friend group, and he considered many of his friends to be not just friends, but best friends. It is a challenge to sum up such a unique and larger-than-life guy like Matt with mere words. He will be remembered forever, and he will be greatly missed. We love you, Matt!

Matt is survived by his wife, Eileen Scheffler nee Green; his children Maura, Laird, and Brennan Scheffler. Matt was the loving son of Catherine L. Scheffler, nee Hollembeak, and William A. Scheffler; baby brother of Brad (Jennifer) Scheffler, Sara (Shane) Behl, Elizabeth (Brian) Murphy; thoughtful nephew of Michael (Marlyn) Hollembeak, Mark (Martha) Scheffler; ticklemonster-and-uncle to Emma, Brody, Chloe, Jacob, Ava, and Landon Scheffler; Cate, Drew, Jack and Alex Behl; and Norah, Irene, and Gus Murphy; son-in-law and neighbor to Catherine T. “Tykee,” Green, nee Gibbons, and Francis P. Green; and a brother-from-another-mother to Michael Green, Maggie Cambria nee Green, Patrick (Rene) Green, Katie Green, and Molly Green.

A celebration of life service will be planned for a future date in Lake Geneva in addition to a golf outing in central Illinois tentatively scheduled for summer 2021. In lieu of flowers and casseroles, you are invited to donate to Matt’s children here: or become a fan of the Minnesota Vikings. Either choice would make him proud. Steinke-Lazarczyk Family Funeral Home of Lake Geneva, WI is proudly serving the Scheffler Family.
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A celebration of life service will be planned for a future date in Lake Geneva in addition to a golf outing in central Illinois tentatively scheduled for summer 2021.


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Carol & George Zimmermann

Posted at 11:26am
All our love to Eileen and the kids, as well as to the extended Scheffler and Green families. We will always remember Matt for his great smile and for the love of two amazing parents for their three adorable children.

Dan & Janet

Posted at 10:35am
We are deeply saddened over the passing of Matt
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.
We have known Matt for many years and what a sweet and loving he was to everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him.
We know all he has been through these past years and he gave it his all.
Rest in heavenly peace Matt.
An angel to you all .. he hears you all and keeps everyone of you safely under his wings.
Dan & Janet

Matthew Maestranzi

Posted at 11:19pm
My heart is aching over the passing of Matt, who was not only my coworker for much of my career, but more importantly a sincere and kind friend. There are no words to express my deepest condolences and sadness I feel for Matt, Eileen, his three children and his family. I wish I could be there in person to offer a big hug and show my support. Losing my brother to cancer at such a young age, I found comfort in knowing how many people he was able to resonate with over his short life. I know Matt was similar in so many ways as my brother with his positive attitude on life always radiating even after his diagnosis. Matt was always able to get me to laugh at the office through his friendly banter and always brightened work with his contagious smile. He will be truly missed for his positive attitude, caring for others, and his banter. The Knight Ryders lost an MVP in more ways than one,

Wayne and Catherine Rovey

Posted at 10:27pm
So saddened to hear of Matts passing. We didn't know him personally but definitely knew he was a special guy through his brother Brad's family. Your tribute was so so nice. Matt fought a good fight and although life isn't always fair, his suffering is over. You all have to be so proud of him. Hoping the memories you all hold will keep him alive in your hearts and ever present in your family. Prayers for you.

Shelley and Larry Campbell

Posted at 11:45am
Extending our deepest sympathy to Matt’s family. May God hold you close and give you strength.

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