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Matthew Ivan Leggett

October 13, 1974August 20, 2014

"LET'S GET IT ON" was Matthew's favorite saying when he was on motorcycle rides with his brother Ben or participating in online racing forums. Matthew (Matt) was born in Wabasha, Minnesota on October 13, 1974 to Thea Kurz, of Ruskin, FL (formerly Port Edwards, Wisconsin) and Thomas Leggett of Nekoosa, Wisconsin. He has two brothers, Roderick and Benjamin, as well as two nieces and a nephew. He was raised with his brothers in Pepin, Wisconsin. He spent his early childhood and early teenage summers fishing and paddling around the Mississippi river on various watercrafts.

Once the family moved to Colorado, the peaks of the Rocky Mountains could not stop him from enjoying the outdoors. His fascination with the outdoors involved camping, fishing, hiking, running, snowboarding (almost competitively), and sitting in a perfect spot to ponder thoughts. Matt loved racing, either online or in person. He always wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail from start to finish. Matt also wanted to ride his motorcycle from the Florida Keys to Alaska with those he was close to.

Matt attended Westminster Elementary School, Hodgkin's Middle School, and graduated from Westminster High School in May 1993. While in high school, he was enrolled in the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, and moved up the ranks quickly and was able to join the Army as an E-3. He joined the United States Army in 1995, and attended boot camp at Fort Knox, KY. Matt served at many duty stations to include locations in Afghanistan, Iraq, South Korea, Germany, Kentucky, Hawaii, Virginia, Colorado, and North Carolina. Where ever he was stationed with the U.S. Army, Matt took advantage of the travel; he saw everyplace he could get to, on top of mountains, to valleys, and even along trails to take a picture of a lonely rock with a heart carved into it. Matt was the proudest when he became a Calvary Scout. He wore that Stetson Hat proudly! Prior to the start of any mission, he would blast the song "Don't fear the reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult.

Matt loved to cook using recipes from his mother and grandmother. He enjoyed many varieties of food but mostly he enjoyed Dr. Pepper, coffee, steaks, hamburgers, cheesecakes, and "NATO" shakes. He was able to cheer up a crowded room with a simple tilt of his head and a smile. He was always joking about something and making weird faces, but he always made people smile. If you were not smiling, you may have a prank pulled on you to make you smile.

Although Matt did not have any immediate family of his own, he loved his nieces and nephew like they were his own children. The three brothers were best friends. Matt loved and talked about his family frequently, as his best friends would know everything about his mother, brothers, nieces, and nephew before even meeting them. Matt knew how to comfort people in times of need.

Those who knew Matt will miss his generous heart and his ability to make anyone smile. Matt always cared for others, much more than he did for himself. He wore his heart proudly on his sleeve. He was an outstanding leader who cared for those above and below him. If there were any issues with his troopers, Matt would spend the time to correct them and ensure his troopers were taken care of.

The nation lost a man who could actually change the lives of others for the better. Matt was a soldier, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and a hero who loved his country and the world. He saw the good in humanity and what we as a human race are capable of. He cherished life! Words alone cannot describe what the nation has lost!

Matt completed two previous combat tours in Iraq and was on his third combat tour in Afghanistan. He was set to retire from the United States Army in the summer of 2015.

Matthew is survived by his mother Thea M. Kurz of Ruskin, FL (formerly of Port Edwards, WI), father Thomas L. Leggett of Nekoosa, WI, brothers Roderick G. Leggett and Benjamin L. Leggett, nieces Katalin Leggett and Kendra Leggett, nephew Baylee Leggett, uncles Jerome Kurz, James Kurz, Jordan Kurz and Jonathan Kurz, aunt Ann Kurz-Chambers, cousins Shari Warren, Kelly Carroll, Jerry Kurz Jr, Daniel Kurz, Kimberly Kurz, Lloyd Chambers IV, Simeon Chambers, Phoebe Chambers, Samuel Chambers, Nathan Kurz, Polly Kurz, Amanda Kurz, Sara Kurz, Shawn Geddes, Robert Jeffrey and Nicholas Jeffrey.

A service will be held at Murphy Funeral Home in Arlington, VA on September 1 at 3:00 p.m., with his internment at Arlington National Cemetery at 11:00 a.m., on September 3, 2014. The XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, N.C. will hold a unit memorial on September 5, 2014. The family will hold a "Celebration of Life" in Colorado at a future date. As Matthew would say "Meh…19D Sir" "All the Way" "Scouts out!" In lieu of flowers, a contribution fund for the family will be available in 2-3 weeks. Family and friends may sign the online guest book available at www.murphyfuneralhomes.com

Services

  • Family Memorial Service

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Interment

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Unit Memorial Service

    Friday, September 5, 2014

  • Celebration of Life

    Monday, October 13, 2014

Memories

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Renee Corker

October 23, 2017

Dear Leggett family,
You do not know me, nor I, you, but I had the privilege of holding the American flag yesterday with your son's/ brother's name clipped on it at The Blue Mile during the Marine Corp marathon in Washington DC. As the mom of a deployed U.S. Marine, I wanted to honor my person by learning more about them. Your tribute to Matthew leads me to believe he was an incredible man. Thank you for continuing to allow others to pay respect to your son through this special portion of the race. May God bless you all!

M. Carpenter

May 28, 2017

Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. You are a true American Hero! RIP

Glenn Wilson

May 27, 2017

In Remembrance of Matt from us here @ NKC.

ROBERT JOHNSON

May 26, 2017

Miss you and thinking of you. You was hard on me when i was a pvt. But you made me a great soldier is hawaii before you went to fort bragg. You are never forgotten. Miss you.

4th Grade Godwin Student

May 26, 2017

Dear Leggett family,

I am deeply sorry for the loss of your loved one. I learned of Matthew in my 4th grade Writing class. We learned that freedom isn't free. I am blessed and thankful to be an American. I am so proud of the men and women that fought for our country.

4th grader Godwin

May 26, 2017

Thank you for your sons service for our country. He sacrificed his life for our freedom.He was a very important person to our lives.

4th grade Godwin student

May 26, 2017

Dear Family of Matthew Legget, Thank you for letting Matthew fight for the United States. We will never forget his bravery. I feel so terrible of your loss. He will always be in our hearts.I'm so happy that he served United States Army.He died protecting our country and securing our freedom.

May 23, 2017

23 May 2017 Glenn Wilson US Army Corps of Engineers. I am back once more deployed to NKC here in Kabul Afghanistan. The place where it all started. I am almost complete with the Memorial for Matt. We are honoring his memory at the reserved table for the "FALLEN" in the D-FAC. Never Forgotten. Miss you Matt...

Charlie Gili

April 12, 2016

Hello,
We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Leggett Family know that we recently made a small donation to Hayden's Heroes, Supporting The Star Legacy Foundation in honor of Matthew I. Leggett US Army Sergeant 1st Class. We recognize that this is a humble tribute, but we wanted you to know that it is heartfelt and made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals in the youth hockey community and beyond. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you strong.
Sincerely,
Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of the US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign

Glenn Wilson

October 31, 2015

To Matthew's Mom,
I was deployed to NKC in Kabul and I use to run into Matt in the smoke pit. I am with the US Army Corps of Engineers and people like your son were our first line of defense when we went outside the wire; they kept us safe. I am very sorry for your loss. The service for Matt @ NKC was very respectful and somber; he had lots of friends @ NKC. I just got transferred back to the US and I am stationed here @ Arlington National Cemetery. I stop by his grave every now and then to pay respects. I just wanted to let you know that Matthew (Mom's Dragon) has a friend here in ANC.
Glenn Wilson US Army Corps of Engineers.

FROM THE FAMILY