Matthew Oldehoeft

Matthew Oldehoeft
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Matthew Oldehoeft, 46, of Belleville, IL, born January 21, 1970, in Lawrence, KS, passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2016, as the result of a motorcycle accident.

Matt held a Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD.  He worked in the oil refining business for many years and most recently worked at the Prairie State Energy Campus, Marissa, IL.  Outside of work, Matt enjoyed helping friends, reading, hiking, and especially spending time with his family.  Matt had many wonderful qualities and will be deeply missed.  He is loved and will never be replaced.

Surviving are his wife of 24 years, Gail, nee Schlueter, Oldehoeft, whom he married on August 15, 1992;
three children, Emma Oldehoeft,
Thomas Oldehoeft,
and James Oldehoeft;
his father, Lowell (LaVonne) Oldehoeft;
his mother, Paula, nee Williamson, (Larry) Strickland;
one sister, Debra Bailey;
his father-in law and mother-in-law, Floyd and Carol Schlueter;
two sisters-in-law, Diane (John) Dean,
and Elaine (Dmitri) Michaelides;
one brother-in-law, Brian (Kim) Schlueter;
and nieces and nephews, Jack Bailey,
Jill Dean,
Athena Michaelides;
and Dino Michaelides.

Memorials may be made to St. Louis Public Radio or Smile Train.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral:  According to Matt’s wishes, there will be no funeral services and a private family burial will be held.

Condolences Left For Matthew Oldehoeft

I remember meeting Matt and Gail while they we walking the neighborhood. What a lasting impression they made that I often recall with great fondness. Later, I met their nice son while he was trying to find the owner of a wandering dog. These genuine impressions will resonate throughout a lifetime. Our sincerest condolences for his passing.

Sue & Terry Gallagher, Freeburg, IL, 62221

Gail and family,
My heart aches for you all. I can’ imagine what you are going through, but remember that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. If there is anything I can do for you, please just let me know. Your memories of Matt will be with you forever. I want to give you a big hug and wish you well.
Love, JoAnn

JoAnn Schneider, Belleville, Illinois, 62220

Gail, I am so sorry for your loss. Matt was a great guy and will be missed. You and the kids are in my prayers.

Robbin Maynor Madden, Millstadt, Illinois, 62260

Gail, I can’t begin to express how sad I am for you and your family. I know we haven’t kept in touch over the years, but I think about you from time to time and wonder what you’re up to. I hate to think about the pain your family is facing. Ron and I send our prayers, and hope you and your children can find some strength and peace. ❤️Lana

Lana Hinshaw-Klann, Batavia, IL, 60510

I don’t know what to say. I am so very sad and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I was just thinking about you last week as I was taking my daughter back to college after fall break. I was remembering how everyone at Millikin seemed to know you and that you were genuinely loved by everyone that did. If my daughter is only half as well thought of as you, she will do just fine at school. Matt saw that beauty and grace in you right away. I remember when you were first telling myself and your old friends at Millikin about him and I knew immediately that what you and Matt had just begun would stand the test of time. His personality was infectious while still having the ability show true empathy for others. That is a rare combination in this world. Please know that I am here if you need anything, especially if you need a listening ear. You and Matt have always held a special place in my heart.

Karen Green Peterson, East Peoria, IL, 61611

You and your family are in our prayers. My deepest condolences for your loss.

Lisa Diserens, Belleville, IL, 62220


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