Matthew Stokes
Matthew Stokes
Matthew Raymond Stokes, 57, of St. Charles, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, at his home. He was born on Feb. 21, 1960, to Francis and Margaret (Welp) Stokes. He graduated from Holy Trinity School in 1978 and enlisted in the U.S. Army a year later.

On Oct. 19, 1986, he married Elizabeth (Tena), and together they had two kids. Matthew spent his life doing what he loved, driving semitrailers. By doing this, he was able to have his freedom and independence. He was an over-the-road trucker and most recently hauled hogs to be closer to his family.

Matthew loved boating on the river, camping, going for rides on his motorcycle, and fixing whatever he could get his hands on. He was a jack-of-all-trades, and there wasn't a thing he couldn't do.

He will be missed dearly by his children, Chelsea (Neil Kos) Stokes and Jacob Stokes; wife of 28 years, Elizabeth Stokes; stepmother, Teresa Stokes; siblings, Mary Warner, Rose Juncewski, Patrick Stokes, Jackie Bance, Joseph Stokes, Carol Chalk, and Timothy Stokes; many nieces and nephews; and his dog, Harley. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Margaret.

A funeral service was  held Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service, St. Charles, led by Funeral Celebrant Jodi Hemi.

Please share a memory of Matthew and view his video tribute when it becomes available at www.hofffuneral.com. Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service, St. Charles, is assisting the family.