Matthew Lopez

Matthew Lopez


June 16, 1980 - December 22, 2021


Matthew Lopez, 41, of Mitchell, SD, passed away Wednesday, December 22, 2021, comfortably at his home from natural causes. Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Matthew is survived by his children, Lily Lopez, Jodeci Lopez both of Shawano, WI, and Mateo Lopez Jr. of Mitchell; mother, Rose Loudner of Mitchell; brothers, Tory (Celeste) Loudner of Blair, NE, and Justo (Celina) Lopez Jr. of Fort Morgan, CO; sisters, Andrea Lopez of Greely, CO, and Mortisha Lopez of Mitchell, SD; great-grandfather, Donald Loudner Sr. of Blair, NE; uncle, Donald (Kathy) Loudner II of Blair, NE; aunt, Donita Loudner of Ft. Thompson, SD; special cousin, Sheena Loudner of Mitchell; his boss/best friend, Jeff Farrow of Mitchell; and his many friends, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Justo Lopez Sr., paternal grandparents, Geromino and Ynosencia Lopez, and maternal grandmother, Joyce Loudner.


Posted by Mrs. Osterloo on January 6, 2022
I was so sad to hear of Mathew’s death. My heart goes out to Mateo and his family. I know Mateo loved his dad dearly and will miss him forever. Mathew was a respectful, kind man that cared deeply about his son. I witnessed many interactions between father and son. Mateo was always excited to see his dad at the end of the day. Mathew always interacted warmly with Mateo and was happy to see him.
Young children are sweet, innocent, and full of surprises. Their words and actions often reflect how their parents interact and treat them. A few weeks ago, I was watching a group of children play. The quietest child in my classroom was the mother in the group. I overheard her say to Mateo, “Do you want to be my honey?”
Mateo was overjoyed. He cheered, “Hurray, I get to be the dad!”
Next the little girl said, “Honey, find my purse.” Mateo was happy to look for her purse. Then she found it and Mateo went and picked up a baby doll. He held the doll to his shoulder. Then he cradled it in his arms and said, “Don’t cry. Daddy’s here.” (Can you tell Mathew was a kind dad?)
I tell you this story and I could tell you a hundred more stories that demonstrate the sweetness, innocence, and the trust that children put in significant adults in their lives. Trust that makes young children believe that no matter what happens or comes their way, their parents and grandparents will hold them close, love them and keep them safe.
With deepest sympathy,
Mrs. Osterloo
Posted by Hollie Karber on January 6, 2022
Rose and family you have my deepest sympathy! Prayers for your family
Posted by Aleta Wescott on January 6, 2022
Nooooo Mateo 😭😭😭😭💔💔💔 You were an awesome bad azz friend anyone can ask for I'm sitting here crying my eyes out seems like it was yesterday we were clowning on each other you were an awesome Father to your children I know your looking down on them my heart's crushed along with everyone else God proves he only takes the best I'll cherish our crazy fun and sad times I can't believe it
Posted by Jessica LongCrow on January 4, 2022
Deepest Condolences to your children & family he had a great sense a humor was always happy when we went school together. My best memories of him were thru st.joes indian school and flandreau indian school. Gone but never forgotten
Posted by Lana Ellwein on January 4, 2022
My deepest sympathies to Rose and family.
Posted by Laura Eagle Hawk on January 2, 2022
Deepest condolences to his family
Posted by Mary and Gary Stadlman on December 30, 2021
Rose, Don and families, our sincere condolences to all, with the passing of Matthew, May the memories bring you peace. God Bless.
Posted by Keri Halbert on December 30, 2021
RIP Mateo, you were such a kind and loving individual and I'm proud to call you one of my best friends. You will be greatly missed by many. Fly High brother
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