Matthew L. Schaeffer, 40, of Stapleton passed away Aug. 27, 2020 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center as a result of a tragic farm accident.

Matt was born March 14, 1980 in North Platte to Steve and Sally Schaeffer. He grew up on the family’s farm and ranch operation and developed a deep love for horses, cows, and dogs. Matt worked hard throughout his life as a rancher and a truck driver building his successful company from one truck to several all while building a cow herd as well.

Matt was loved by many and provided a quiet friendship filled with love, support, and understanding. He had the biggest heart and thoroughly enjoyed giving to anyone he could help. At one point in Matt’s trucking career he even agreed to haul a semi load of alpacas believing someone was in need before realizing he was being pranked by a close friend. Matt was not a stranger to life’s many struggles and was proud of his 12 years of sobriety that he worked at every day. Through Matt’s encouragement, many other people are now leading a life of sobriety.

Matt met Melissa Anderson in the winter of 2011 and to this relationship Matt’s dreams of having his own family were fulfilled. Their daughter Rikie was born in 2013 and son Tye was born in 2014. Matt was the very best dad to the kids as they spent many hours in the tractors or semis with him.

He also never missed a gymnastics or dance recital. On the rare occasion Matt would take time for himself he enjoyed ranch rodeos and taking his pony herd to the wild pony races.

Matt is survived by his parents, Steve and Sally Schaeffer; longtime fiancé, Melissa Anderson and their two children, Rikie and Tye Schaeffer; brothers, George (Jill) Schaeffer, Greg (Stefani) Schaeffer, and Todd (Addie) Schaeffer; nieces, Ansley and Macie Schaeffer; and was anxiously awaiting future nephew Greyson John along with many other close friends and family.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Florence and George Schaeffer and Mildred and Preston Halley; infant brother, David Schaeffer; special uncle, John Halley; and future brother-in-law, Rick Anderson.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7 and were on Matt’s ranch southwest of Stapleton junction of Ave 80 and county Rd 30 with Rev. Vic Rasmussen officiating. Burial followed in the McCain Cemetery. Carpenter Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the family to benefit Matt’s children. Sharing of memories and online condolences may be left at carpentermemorial.com.