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Matthew James Arntt

August 26, 1972 - August 4, 2017

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MATTHEW JAMES ARNTT
August 26, 1972 - August 4, 2017


Suddenly, on August 4, 2017, Matthew James Arntt, who was born August 26, 1972, in Fairbury, Nebraska to his parents, Eileen Mae (nee Manley) and the late Frederick J. Arntt, returned to the eternal peace of God's loving embrace.

Following his earliest years where Matt lived in Nebraska along with his sisters and parents, Matt was raised in Tyler, TX with his father and Pamela Arntt and family.  Matt was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, the late Mary E. Manley...

MATTHEW JAMES ARNTT
August 26, 1972 - August 4, 2017


Suddenly, on August 4, 2017, Matthew James Arntt, who was born August 26, 1972, in Fairbury, Nebraska to his parents, Eileen Mae (nee Manley) and the late Frederick J. Arntt, returned to the eternal peace of God's loving embrace.

Following his earliest years where Matt lived in Nebraska along with his sisters and parents, Matt was raised in Tyler, TX with his father and Pamela Arntt and family.  Matt was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, the late Mary E. Manley and Loyal Manley of Steele City, NE, his paternal grandparents, the late Frederick H. Arntt and Mabel Arntt of Jansen, NE, an uncle, Val Manley of Steele City, NE and Matt's sister, Michelle Horinek of Troup, TX.  Survivors include Matt's mother, Eileen Mae Criner and Delbert Criner of Scotts Bluff, NE, Pamela Arntt of Tyler TX, Matt's uncle, Larry Manley (Rhonda), of Washington, KS, uncle and aunt Robert and Loretta Arntt of Showlow, AZ, Matt's sister Marilee & brother-in-law Craig Chaplin of Piffard, NY, brother-in-law Troy Horinek of Troup, TX, sister Tamela Callahan of Flint, TX and brother Curtis C.C. Callahan of Tyler, TX, his nieces and nephews including Anthony, Eric, Alyssa and Evan Chaplin, Jessica (Kevin) Heitz, Jennifer (Adam) Cargil, Logan (Mary) Henson, Dylan Horinek and Courtney Callahan, along with his great-nieces and nephews, Nathaniel and Mackenzie Picket Pin as well as Abigail and Addison Cargill, Austin and Jacob Reeve, Casey McCarty and Raelyn Henson.  Matt is also survived by many cousins, including Shane Manley & family, Schanah (Troy) Miller, Colby (Lisa) Manley & family, Kristine (Chuck) Stone & family, Karla (Harry) Salda & family, Kevin (Cammy) Weichel & family and Linda Albrecht (Butch) & family and several other cousins.

Matt Arntt very much loved and highly respected his family, his small town Midwestern heritage and its values, and of course, the Nebraska Cornhuskers.  In 2009, Matt was especially pleased to attend the unprecedented and NCAA-record setting 300th consecutive sellout Huskers' game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, NE, when the Huskers prevailed over Lafayette.  Matt appreciated returning periodically to Nebraska and to Texas for some family-related events and he particularly valued the events held on the Manley family property in Steele City, NE.  

Matt enjoyed playing baseball from his earliest days in Little League; he was a good athlete and solid competitor.  He was especially proud to learn how his father had successfully retrieved and treasured the first home run ball Matt ever hit, which is now saved to this day, and Matt knew how his mother attended his games and kept track of his sports activity.  Matt liked the Atlanta Braves and later in life he enjoyed seeing Washington Nationals' games.  

Matt fully appreciated his fraternity brothers and their years together living in the Chapter House of Phi Gamma Delta, Lambda NU, which he joined in the 1990's while attending University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Matt later graduated with a bachelor's degree in information management from Texas Tech in 1996 and then ventured east to the Commonwealth of Virginia, where he worked in information technology in the DC area and frequently served as a defense contractor.  

Matt played softball and especially enjoyed his lively teammates on the proud and popular "DC Metz" team.  For most of Matt's adult years he lived in Arlington, VA, where he touched many lives as a loyal friend, confidant and companion.  It was here that Matt drew others to him and into his own circle and sense of family, including many in the Maryland, DC and northern Virginia areas who fondly remember Matt.

Matt was a great cook who taught himself how to expertly grill fresh meats and vegetables which he most enjoyed sharing with others.  He appreciated the aesthetic of seeing well-stocked produce at grocery stores and farmers markets.  Matt frequently recalled his high school years when he learned about the value of good customer service and customer care while stocking shelves at a grocery in Tyler, TX.  Matt understood the dignity of doing the small things well to make a good impression.

Matt followed the local weather every day, including the weather reports from wherever his extended family lived.  He watched the clouds to tell if a change in weather was coming.  He liked to listen to a good rainstorm and was excited by the booming sound of a sudden thunderclap.

Overall, Matt had a warm smile, a generous spirit and he loved a good laugh.  His friends recall how Matt was kind and he had a big heart.  He particularly had a soft spot in his heart for dogs of all types, but especially English bull dogs (for reasons that only Matt could best explain).

The family encourages memorial donations made in Matt Arntt's name to the charity of your choice, or to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, 2650 South Arlington Mill Drive, Arlington, VA 22206, via contact (703) 931-9241 or https://www.awla.org/ ;.  Alternately, please consider the Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 4599, Lexington, KY 40544-4599, via contact (859) 255-1848, ext. 159 or https://www.phigam.org/2016/the-foundation/educational-foundation ;

There will be a Memorial celebration of Matt's life at a later date (TBD) in Steele City, NE.  Rest in Peace, Matt Arntt.