With deepest sorrow, we announce that Matthew Dale Romine, age 20, our most beloved son, brother, family member, and friend died unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.
Those who knew Matt lost a shining light in their lives. Matt was happiest when he was outdoors. He loved camping, hiking, skiing, scuba and especially fishing. He also loved animals, particularly our cats Charley and Mittens, and his Sigma Nu brothers at Missouri S&T.
Matt will be missed every day by his father Rob, his mother Joan, his sister Jennifer, his nana Irene, his loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and many great friends. We know Matt is now with his grandparents Olga, Melvin, and Dale and is loved here on earth as well as in heaven.
A memorial service and visitation will be held on Saturday, November 23 at Schrader Funeral Home located at 14960 Manchester Rd. in Ballwin, Missouri. The service will be held at 1 pm followed by the visitation from 2-6 pm.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in Matt’s name to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) www.nami.org.
Build Me a Son, O Lord (General Douglas MacArthur)
Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.
Build me a son whose wishbone will not be where his backbone should be; a son who will know Thee and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge. Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenges. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail.
Build me a son whose heart will be clean, whose goal will be high; a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men; one who will learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past.
And after all these things are his, add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor, so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously. Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength.
Then I, his father, will dare to whisper, “I have not lived in vain.”