Matthew “Woody” Heywood, 49, of Omaha, died Monday, December 12, 2022 at his home. Services are pending with Stokely Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be 10:30am Saturday, December 17 at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Snyder with Rev. Keith Rezac as celebrant. Burial will be at St. Leo’s Catholic Cemetery with lunch to follow at the Snyder Fireman’s Ballroom. Visitation with family present is Friday from 5:00pm to 7:00pm with a Vigil Service at 7:00pm at St. Leo’s Catholic Church. Memorials may be made to the family for future designation. Arrangements by Stokely Funeral Home.
Matthew John Heywood was born April 17, 1973 in West Point to David and Gerri (Emanuel) Heywood. He graduated from Scribner-Snyder High School in 1991 and attended Dana College in Blair. Matt was an excellent cook and shared his skills at Skyybox Grill & Bar the past several years. Matt enjoyed playing softball and baseball in leagues and for town teams. Bowling and playing golf were his favorite outings. Matt was thrilled to take a golfing trip to Scotland where he visited the famous Old Course at St. Andrews. Despite his Nebraska roots, he was an avid Notre Dame football fan. Nike Air Jordan’s were his favorite footwear and he accumulated a large collection.
Survivors include mother, Gerri of Snyder; sister, Jill (Jason) Oltman of Crete; brother, Tim (Chris) Heywood of Dodge; nephews and nieces Chase, Austin, Blake and Drake Heywood, Courtney Lase, Brandon, Kierra and Cole Stewart; great-nieces Zyrra Lase and Ayva Stewart.
He was preceded in death by his father, David; brother, Todd; grandparents, Charles and Marie Emanuel, Herbert and Gertrude Heywood; uncle, LaVern Heller; aunt and godmother, Marian Wolf; cousins, Katie Emanuel, Jeffrey Heller, Stephanie Wolf, and Mark, Laura, Kathryn, and Grant Slattery.