Matthew A Gehl
Nov. 27, 1944 - Dec. 27, 2021
Hilbert, WI
Funeral Service:
Friday, Jan. 14, 2022
12:00pm
St. Mary Catholic Church
108 S. 6th St
Hilbert, WI 54129
Funeral Visitation:
Friday, Jan. 14, 2022
9:00am - 11:45am
St. Mary Cathoic Church
108 S. 6th St.
Hilbert, WI 54129
Burial Service:
Friday, Jan. 14, 2022
1:00pm
St. Mary Catholic Cemetery
Hwy 57
Hilbert, WI 54129


Matthew A Gehl
Hilbert, WI

Matthew A. Gehl., Age 77, of Hilbert, passed away on Monday, December 27 at ThedaCare Regional Hospital, Appleton. Matt was born November 27, 1944, son of the late Cyril and Rose (Gilsdorf) Gehl. Matt was previously married in 1972 and had six children. On December 16, 2006, he was married to the love of his life, Candy Boesch, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Hilbert.

Being the youngest of 9 children, Matt learned early on that faith in God, hard work, and dedication to family would prove a fruitful life. His hard work showed during his 42 years as a Foreman and Local 139 Operator for Lunda Construction. He took great pride in his work and shared stories of the many bridges he built throughout Wisconsin. 

After his retirement in 2006, Matt was able to get back to the simpler life that his parents taught him as a young boy and he shared those things with Candy. He had a love of the outdoors, which showed in everything he did - from his award-winning apples, tomatoes, and honey to stories of the buck he was pursuing and becoming part of the 100lb Club with his multiple trophy sturgeon. Matt was a fantastic cook and kept his freezer and pantry well-stocked all winter long with the fruits of his garden, orchard, and hunting season. When the gardens allowed, he and Candy enjoyed visiting with friends in Manitowish Waters at their vacation home.  

Matt is survived by his wife, Candy, and his six children; Andrew (Connie) Gehl, Nathan (fiancee Michelle Jilk) Gehl, Matthew (Samantha) Gehl, Joshua (Nikki) Gehl, Angela (Tom) Breunig, and Clinton (Candace) Gehl, 14 Grandchildren, Jacob, Maria, and Jared Gehl; Hadley, Emerson, and Hazel Gehl; Asher and Rhett Gehl; Florian and Ensley Breunig; Carter, Coen, Colton and Stella Gehl; brothers, Paul (Carol) Gehl, Mark (Kathy) Gehl, a sister, Barbara (John) Komoroske, brothers and sisters-in-law; Nona Gehl, Gary (LoAnn) Boesch, Sherrie (Ken) Schaefer, Sandy Schnuell, Randy (Kathy) Boesch, Terry (Sara) Boesch, Barb (Paul) Price, Ken Boesch, Karen (Brad) Hernke.

Matt was preceded in death and has joined his parents Cyril and Rose Gehl, brothers and sister-in-laws, Cyril Gehl Jr., Neil Gehl, Jack (Ruth) Gehl, Luke (Louise) Gehl, sister and brother-in-law, Jeanette (Ernie) Dingeldein, parents-in-laws Carl and Donna Boesch, brother- in-law Roy Schnuell, and niece Terrie Zirbel.

Dad taught us how to work and how to pray. His faith was first and foremost. He saw God in nature and everything outdoors. Dad was connected to the land, family, and friends. He preferred the depth and richness that comes from one-on-one conversations. We will miss his witty sense of humor, garden and orchard tours, the twinkle in his eyes, and his heavenly voice. Our hearts ache for our loss, but we know he is once again enjoying his mom’s home cooking in heaven. 

Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 12:00 Noon on Friday, January 14, 2022 at St. Mary Catholic Chuch (108 S. 6th St.) in Hilbert with Rev. Michael Betley officiating.  Burial will be in the Parish Cemetery.  Friends may call at the church from 9:00 am until 11:45 am on Friday, January 14, 2022.  Those wishing to watch a live stream or archived recording of the service may do so by clicking HERE.

A memorial fund has been established in the name of Matthew A. Gehl
It was the year we tore the saint marys church down uncle Paul and Danny Volmer were on front end loaders pushing the church into the basement uncle mat was on a manitowac crane with a clam bucket loading the local farmers trucks he spotted me and waved me closer the next thing I knew I was in the seat loading those trucks and mat disappeared probably over to candys place I’m gonna miss you uncle fashew my mom told me when I was a little boy I could not say Mathew so he will always be fashew to me see you soon enough uncle and I’ll tell you the story about the deer that always made you laugh

Terry (Nephew ) - Jan. 14, 2022


As a young apprentice I worked for Lunda (1973-1984).I was on Matt's crew for many of those. He was a good friend and mentor.My codolences to all his family

Bernie Haen (Co-worker) - Jan. 8, 2022


Candy, sorry for the loss of Matt. Let the fruits of his harvest make you smile when you use them.

Mike and Doris Bennin (Friends) - Jan. 3, 2022


When we think of Matt; the song "Huntin, Fishin & Lovin comes to mind, by Luke Bryan! Yes, that would be Matt! Enjoying everyday, now in heaven as he did here on earth. The memories will forever be instilled in all of us, your wife, children, grandchildren and your entire family. We will miss the emails, phone messages, phone calls, your voice - kindness and your big heart. Sturgeon fishing and your deer hunts will never be 'like they use to be", but with continued strength, faith and hope we will all move forward with you at our side along with the Lord. Journey on fine man~ you will be missed.

Sherrie & Ken Schaefer (Family) - Jan. 2, 2022


Sturgeon spearing with you Matt was always a privilege especially the years I was able to go scouting with you. How you can drive around on a "133,000" acre lake and find just that special spot is beyond me but you always came threw. I will always cherish your storys and that one joke that I wish I could remember about the Christmas ham. Your work here is done, your imprint will last forever. Rest easy Matt you will be missed.

Mike Nett (Family Friend) - Dec. 30, 2021


We sure are going to miss you Matt. I will make sure Jason keeps your boys in line :) Hope you spear some big fish up there! Till we meet again.

Sarah Sweere (Family friend) - Dec. 29, 2021


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