Edward Louis Matzke, Jr.
Edward Louis Matzke Jr., son of Edward and Bessie Matzke, Marion, ND, passed away at his home in Seeley Lake, MT, February 10, 2014 with complications from MS.
He was born in LaMoure, ND, March 16, 1953. He graduated from Mandan High School in 1971 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, spending 6 years. He was then employed by the Burlington Northern Railroad in Moorhead, MN, as a Road Forman of trains. He then worked at UND as a electrician. After being diagnosed with MS, he moved to Seeley Lake, MT.
He married Rita Smith, April 28, 2001. He is survived by his wife, Rita, son, Zachery, parents, Edward and Bessie Matzke of Marion, ND, stepsons, Mark, Mathew, 2 step grandsons and 5 step granddaughters. His siblings, Joanne (Duane) Bertsch, Longville, MN, Richard (Mary) Gurnee, IL, Sue (Neil) Skarlaken, Valley City, Jeff and Dan, Marion, ND, numerous aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews.
He will be remembered for his infectious smile, the love of his family, his Harley and his love for the mountains.
A celebration of his life was held on March 16, 2014 at Seeley Lake. A memorial for the family will be held in the summer at his parents home in Marion, ND.