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Obituary for Matthew LeRoy Edwards

Matthew LeRoy Edwards, 37, of Sparta and formerly of West Salem, died Saturday, February 8, 2020. He was born in Iowa City, Iowa to Kevin and Bonnie (Schonher) Edwards. Throughout his life he had a great love for people. No one who ever had the privilege of meeting him, walked away without saying kind words about him. Matthew was employed by the Keurig Coorporation/Dr. Pepper Bottling Company where he quickly advanced to the position of Sales Manager due to his hard work, caring attitude and strong work ethic. He also was a great lover of the outdoors and recently took up running half marathons, also he shot skeet with his Dad on Tuesday evenings at the gun club, both so he could further enjoy the beauty of nature along with keeping himself in excellent physical condition and honing his marksmanship.. He also loved to travel, particularly to the Philippines where he was to go again this coming March to spend time with the special woman in his life Jackie Rojas. Matthew also had a love for good music, both the classics such as Led Zepplin and today's rock appreciating the band Stone Temple Pilots. Perhaps one of his greatest loves was that of animals. His "baby girl" the bulldog he adoringly referred to as Miss Maya was the latest to steal Mathews heart.....he loved her dearly. Mathew will be sadly missed and always remembered by all who knew him. He is survived by his parents Bonnie Bloomfield of West Salem, and Kevin (Tamara) Edwards of Tomah, brothers Jeremy Fox of Des Moines, IA. and Brendan (Britney) Hall of Tomah, nieces Elena Hall and Gabrella Fox; maternal grandfather Carell Schonher, nephew Cameron Fox; special friend from the Philippines Jackie Rojas, dear friend Mary Watkins many aunts, uncles and cousins who loved him dearly. Notably also survived by "Miss Maya". Matthew was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Betty Schonher, paternal grandparents Stephen and Mary Edwards, uncles Mike Schonher, Francis and Robert Edwards and an aunt Madeline Edwards. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory-Jostad Chapel, 121 N. Youlon Street, West Salem. Pastor Daniel Olson will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the time of services at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed in his name to Chasing Daylight Animal Shelter, 15560 State Highway 131, Tomah, WI. 54669.