In Memory of

Matthew Hap Lee

October 16, 1974 - August 14, 2019
From: Cherokee, IA

Matthew Hap Lee, the son of William and Linda (Gravenish) Lee was born October 16, 1974, in Cherokee, IA. His childhood years were spent in Cherokee where he attended school and graduated from Washington High School, class of 1993. Matt went on to excel at college for the next seven years or so at WIT in Cherokee and Sioux City. While there, he earned degrees in English, Business, and Marketing. It is believed that there were only three classes offered by WIT that he didn’t take during his career and they all involved meat butchering. He didn’t want to invest in the knives.

 Matt was a jokester and loved playing jokes on his brothers especially at Christmas time. Whether it be him giving his brother’s life size cardboard cutouts of himself to having t-shirts made with his picture on that says “my brother is a genius” he always had a trick or two in the works. Matt also enjoyed sports. He was a diehard Hawkeye and Bulls fan. He enjoyed bowling, fantasy football, and time spent on the golf course with his Wednesday night friends. Matt was a talented writer and artist who loved making his own comic strips. He once joined Twitter just so he could send Jimmy Fallon Tweets in the hopes that he would read them live on the air, which did happen, twice!

 More than anything, Matt was a loyal son, brother, uncle, and friend who would do anything for anyone. He adored the time spent with his family and friends, especially his nieces and nephews. His kindness, quirky personality, and sharp funny wit were infectious and the reason he was loved by so many.

 On Wednesday, August 14, 2019, Matt passed away unexpectedly. He was preceded in death by his father Bill Lee; grandparents, William and Phoebe, and Hap and Lucy Gravenish; aunt and uncle, Ken and Molly Lee;  aunt, Toby Gravenish; and 2 angel babies ( Bob and Donna ).

 He will lovingly be remembered by his mother, Linda Lee of Cherokee, IA; brothers: Shawn Lee of Cherokee, IA, Bob (Donna) Lee, and their daughter Lainey of Cherokee, and David Lee and his children, Katelyn, Treyton, Jadelyn, and Coleton of Adel, IA; close friend Brandon Ruschmann (Crystal ); and all of his close friends from the class of 1993, whom he dearly loved.

Tribute Video
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee.
Pastor Gregg Johnson
Andy Fuhrman
Josh Willis
Mike Harvey
Chris Jenness
Jason Spooner
Brandon Ruschmann

Class of 1993 Friends
Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. Monday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the BETHLEHEM LUTHERAN CHUCRH in Cherokee.
"Amazing Grace"
"A Good One"
Mt. Calvary Cemetery
Cherokee, Iowa

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in Matt's name to be used in the future for organizations dear to him.


Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 10:03 AM
“The class of 1993 was a special group, and Matt was one of our best. I am sorry for your loss. ”
- Michelle Selk
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 4:20 PM
“Dear Lee Family, We are so sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
- Kyle, Penny, James,and Phillip Pingrey
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 4:20 PM
“Lee Family, So sorry to hear of your loss. I so enjoyed my times with Matt on Wednesday nights at the golf course. Whenever I would show up he always had something to give me a hard time about and we would laugh and joke for a bit then hit the course. RIP Matt. Cheers!!”
- Scott Weber
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 4:20 PM
“I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.”
- Kris Weber
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 4:20 PM
“My heart is with you. ”
Monday, August 19, 2019 at 1:03 PM
“I worked with Matt about 2 years at KCHE radio. And every time we would see one another we would have something to laugh about. He was always so nice and i loved his wit and his personality. He will be missed and God bless his family at this time. Fly high Matt you are home now with your dad. ”
- WIlliam Bezoni
Monday, August 19, 2019 at 8:44 AM
“My heart goes out to your family. Matt was such a kind soul. My memories of him center around the golf course. He will truly be missed. I will be praying for you all!”
- Amy Sarchet McGrew
Monday, August 19, 2019 at 8:44 AM
“Sending love, peace, and hugs to the Lee family. So sorry for your loss. ”
- Mikell Brosamle
Monday, August 19, 2019 at 8:44 AM
“Linda and family, we are so sorry to hear about Matt he was always such a fun little boy. I know he was a good guy .Please know we are thinking of all of you. Hugs my friends”
- Barb Evans
Monday, August 19, 2019 at 8:44 AM
“Matt was one of my favorite people in the entire world always had my back, stuck up for me, always there if I needed him, I’m going to miss him so soo much, heaven gained an awesome angel, fly high Matty❤️ ”
- Victoria morse
Monday, August 19, 2019 at 8:44 AM
“Matt was like a brother to me growing up. I knew every time I saw him a smile was not far behind. He will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers are with the Lee family during this hard time. ”
- Jeremy Willis
Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 10:03 AM
“Dear Lee family, so sorry to hear this news. Matt always made me laugh and smile. My favorite memory is seeing him and saying, “Hey, Lee!” And he would reply, “Ha-ley!” He will be missed. Truly sorry for your loss.”
- Haley (Aduddell) Stomp
Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 10:03 AM
“So sorry for your loss,Matt was a great person inside and out and would do anything for anyone no matter who it was,always got along with everyone and was loved by all he will be missed by all. Rest In Peace Matt you where a great friend and a joy to be around may god be with you.”
- Gary Luhman
Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 5:43 PM
“Sorry for your loss”
- Melissa Eberly
Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 5:43 PM
“Linda, David, Shawn , Bob &Donna , Lainey Iam so sorry to hear about Matt , my heart breaks so much for you all. Matt will be missed dearly . Such a great and funny guy. FLY HIGH MATT 🕊🕊🕊🕊”
- Amy Strahmann
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