Matthew Garrett Millenacker

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Thursday, September 24, 1998
Date of Death:
Friday, April 14, 2017
18 years old


Date: Friday April 21, 2017
Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Second Visitation

Date: Saturday April 22, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location: St. Pius X Catholic Church [ view map ]

Funeral Mass

Date: Saturday April 22, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm

Location: St. Pius X Catholic Church [ view map ]


Location: Calvary Cemetery [ view map ]

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Thursday, September 24, 1998
Date of Death:
Friday, April 14, 2017
18 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Thursday, September 24, 1998
Date of Death:
Friday, April 14, 2017
18 years old

Matthew Garrett Millenacker

Matthew Garrett Millenacker, age 18, of Prior Lake, died unexpectedly of a cerebral aneurysm on Friday, April 14, 2017.

He was born in St. Louis Park, MN on September 24, 1998 to Tamara (Schoeppner) and Bryan Millenacker. Matthew was a Senior at Prior Lake High School. He enlisted in the US Army Reserves in 2016 and was attached to the 79th Military Police Company in Wabasha.

Matthew had an upbeat disposition and was a fun-loving, kind person with an infectious smile.  Matthew put people at ease with his friendly, calm demeanor. His character was exceptional. He was selfless and willing to help anyone in need. Matthew was involved in youth sports and scouting. He was an adventurous individual who liked new challenges and enjoyed attaining his goals which included certification as a life guard and instructor, an advanced PADI open-water scuba diver and was working on his master diver certification as well as his private pilot license.  He loved to snowboard, mountain bike, and travel. As an avid outdoorsman, Matthew loved spending time hunting and fishing with family and friends. Matthew lived life to the fullest and enjoyed spending time at the cabin, camping, hiking, climbing, target and trap shooting, snowmobiling and motorcycling and pursuing paintball and archery. He loved to cook, especially anything with venison, or Italian and Asian cuisine. He loved a good book. Matthew spoke fluent German and enjoyed attending Concordia Language Village every year. Matthew was looking forward to his high school graduation and finishing his Army M.P. training at Fort Leonard Wood, being deployed, starting college and traveling the world. Matthew was the kind of young man that made his parents proud.

Survivors include his parents, Tami and Bryan; grandparents, Mary Millenacker, Stella Donaldson, Robert & Margaret Schoeppner; aunts and uncles, Cheryl & Michael, Diana & Dave, David & Shelly, Michelle & Glenn, Robyn & Michael, and Troy; cousins, Haley, Kyle, Seth, Cass, Savannah, Sawyer, Anthony, Cami, Skylar, Marcus, Sam, Will, Kevin, Samantha, and Lauren. Matthew’s best friend, Brandon, the brother he never had, and Micheal. Matthew was preceded in death by his grandfather, Gene Millenacker.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 1pm on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Rochester with the Rev. James Kunz officiating. Friends may visit from 4pm to 8pm on Friday, April 21, 2017 in River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home and one hour prior to service on Saturday at church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the family with the goal of establishing a scholarship in his name. Online condolences are welcome at


The family of Matthew Garrett Millenacker has received the following condolences.

Dear Millenacker family, 

I am so very sorry to hear about your beloved Matthew. I have such fond memories of an inquisitive, energetic, fun loving first grader with an infectious smile! My sincere thoughts & prayers are with you.

Blessed to have been Matthew's first grade teacher,

Linda (Jorgenson) Heikkinen

I did not know Matthew personally but my son Cody did.  Even though they where not close Matt made a difference in Cody's life.  The day before it happen Matt made a point to come across the hallway and give Cody fist bumps and ask him how he was doing.  Cody said he was the only person that day that did that.  I am so sorry for loss.  Please stay strong and remember the good times.  If you do get time please go by the Highschool and check out the rock they painted it and dedicated it to Matt.  You had a great son, that made a huge impact in this world and many will remember him. God Bless 


The Anderson's

Scott, Paula and Cody Anderson


So sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers.


We are so sorry to hear about your grandson.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Don and Mavis Peterson

Millenacker family,

My deepest condolences go out to you all during these trying times. Stay strong and know that the thoughts and prayers of the entire 79th MP Co are with you!

SPC. Brandon M Rich 

Tammy, Bryan, Mary and Stella,

Words cannot express our sadness for the loss of your son and grandson, Matthew. You and your families are in our thoughts and prayers for strength to help you through such sorrow. 

Our sincerest sympathy,

Grant and Patti Emerson


I'm so sorry to hear of Matthew's passing.  I have fond memories of Matthew as a student in my middle school English class. He was full of joy, always willing to contribute his ideas to discussions, and one of the first to volunteer whenever a helping hand was needed. He was thoughtful and kind. My deepest sympathies for your family.

-- Melissa Knettel

Matt was part of another family, and will be missed. Those who work weekends at the fall, scaring teenagers and others for hours, at local haunted houses, are unique individuals. It's not hard work, it's not noble work, but it takes a special kind of talent to do it, and do it well. Many of us who work together become like family. We share a special bond that others don't understand. Many of us are saddened to hear of his passing, and offer our condolensecs to his family, and other families, who were fortunate to have shared in his life. 

Although we didn't get to know Matthew personally, our son is now on the Prior Lake high school mountain biking team and we heard of this tragic news from Matt's best friend, Mike.  We were so sad to hear of Matthew's passing.  Our heart is broken for everyone who loved him.  I'm sure Matt's pure heart is in heaven doing what God needs him to do, and that he is very near everyone he loves. Matt will send them signs to let them know he is okay.  I am praying for Mike.  Please let Matthew's family know that the prayers are strong and plentiful for them.

I never knew Matthew, but I'm a Prior Lake parent of four children and wanted to share my condolences.  I can't imagine a pain greater than the loss of a child.  I'm praying for strength and grace for your family.


Prayer on the loss of a Loved One

Attributed as the Quaker Prayer

We give them back to you, dear Lord,

Who gave them to us.

Yet as you did not lose them in giving,

so we have not lost them by their return.

For what is yours is ours always, if we are yours.

And life is eternal and love is immortal

And death is only a horizon.

And a horizon is nothing more

than a limit to our sight.

I never met Matthew but I heard of his passing. He was part of the 79th Military Police Company and so that makes him family. I will keep Matthew and your family in my thoughts and prayers. 23 Psalm. Until Valhalla Brother.

I just wanted to pass on my sad condolences....I didn't know Matthew at all, but he was part of my Army family - I am an "old-timer" from the 79th, and have been retired for a while now.  Matthew sounds like he would have been an awesome soldier - and I think I'd have liked him a lot, and tried to get him in my platoon!  He sounds like he wasn't afraid of work or play, and a very talented young man with a lot of exciting interests.... I am so sorry I couldn't have met him in person.  My heart breaks for your whole family during this time - he will never be forgotten. I hope you get to a time when you can speak of him and not cry, but smile at the sweet, fun person he was.  Prayers for you all...

Shannon Larsen

SFC Retired


Though I did not know your son for very long he left a lasting impression on me as a person and a leader. I had several conversations with your son and I'll tell you he made a tremendous soldier. He was always a go getter, someone you could trust to handle any challenge. He was special, a man of exemplary character and personal courage. He will be missed, he was taken far too soon, and words cannot describe the loss he leaves within our organization, not to mention your personal lives. I wanted to thank you for giving me the honor and privleage to lead your son in the greatest organization in the United States. Please know he will forever be in our hearts and you will always have a place within our family. 


My most heartfelt condolences for your loss,


Aaron Anderson



We were so blessed to know Matthew and have him in our lives.  Every parent hopes their child finds a friend like Matthew...honest, respectful, full of energy and smiles.  He had such a special way about him, easy-going yet confident, courageous and always ready for adventure.  Matthew was like a brother to Mike and he will forever have a place in all our hearts.  Know that he made a difference in our lives and we're sure the lives of all he met.  We will hold onto the many special memories of our times together.  We will keep your family in our prayers.


Our thoughts and prayers are with you and God Bless you always. Matthew was a good friend to our son and he will be missed very much.

My prayer for comfort and peace for you:

Comforting God,

You have promised that you are near to the broken-hearted. May the Millenacker family find comfort as they remember the happy memories they shared with Matthew. May they find comfort and hope as they look to the future. May they sense your arms of love holding them.


Love, the Vogel family. 

We were so sorry to hear of Matthew's passing.  I remember Matthew as a middle schooler full of energy.  I don't think there ever was a time that he was without a smile on his face and a spring in his step.  He was a fantastic kid.  Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers.  

Your family are in our thoughts and prayers. 

Matthew means "Gift of God" 

From God’s hands, 
to a mother’s arms - into a father's embrace 
back to the open arms of God 
Safe in the Loving Embrace of the Eternal Father


Our prayers are with you. All of us at Prior Lake High School are mourning the loss of Matthew. Our hearts are heavy. He will be missed.