Matthew E. Lewerenz


Matthew E. Lewerenz, age 39 of Clinton, passed away Monday, September 2nd, 2019, at his home. Cremation rites have been accorded. A private Celebration of Life will be Saturday, September 21st, 2019. The Pape Funeral Home, Clinton, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at

Matt is survived by his wife, Ari Lewerenz of Clinton; three children, Elijah, Moses, and Nola; his father and stepmother, Alan (Victoria) Lewerenz of Clinton; his mother, Elaine Lewerenz of Memphis, TN; his sister, Erin (Allen) Hoten; two step-brothers, Sean and Michael Refbord; his grandmother, Janet Mack of Carson City, NV; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his three grandparents.

Matt was born on June 27, 1980, in Memphis, TN, the son of Alan and Elaine (Burleigh) Lewerenz. He graduated Clinton High School in 1998 and was an English and Linguistic Professor for Ashford University. Matt married Adriana Obando-Gallego on October 24, 2015, in A Big Lebowski themed wedding at Triple Play in Fulton. As Matt wrote on his Facebook page that morning, "Way out West there was a fella I wanna tell you about, fella by the name of 'Matthew Lewerenz'-at least that was the handle his loving parents gave him. Somehow, despite being a lazy man-and Matthew was most certainly that; quite possibly the laziest in Clinton County, which would put him high in the running for laziest worldwide-somehow this Lewerenz fella found the woman of his dreams, and, despite all odds, actually managed to win her hand in marriage. I won't call him a hero-cuz, what's a hero?-but, well, he was the man for his time and place. Fit right in there. Ah, hell, I done introduced them enough."

Matt loved playing music at The Living Room in Clinton, riding his bike, growing peppers in his garden, making homemade hot sauce, and above all else, laughing with his wife and kids.
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Asher Reese
Sep 12, 2019
To Elaine and the family,
May The Merciful One comfort you and your loved ones as He comforts those who mourn in Zion and Yerushalim.
Cheryl Keen
Sep 12, 2019
I was one of Matthew's mentors in the PhD in Education program at Walden University. His love of the field of cultural linguistics was heartening to me. We never met face to face, but had several virtual face-to-face calls where I got to experience his kind spirit, his enthusiasm for learning, his love of teaching, his appreciation for cultures and languages outside his own, and his love and steadfastness in his family, struggling through those darn floods and the many things that interfered with his doctoral work. I am grateful to have known him and my heart goes out to his family. Cheryl Keen
Marsha Smith
Sep 11, 2019 heart goes out to you and your are strong and your love for Matthew will sustain you through these hard times. I send my love to you.
Mr J.G Baker
Sep 10, 2019
Chris markham
Sep 10, 2019
Matt was always a great friend growing up. I’ve never met anyone like Matt, never will. Matt was a one of a kind, truly a great and majestic soul. He was an old soul, and he loved life, loved his wife and kids, love music, loved anything to do with books and writing. He was extremely intelligent, and I will miss his smile. I really gonna miss the humor both of us shared together that was only on a level Matt and I could understand. I’m gonna miss you my dear friend, we are all gonna miss you.
Deborah Butler
Sep 10, 2019
“Strikes and gutters, ups and downs.” Love, Auntie Deb
Alan Lewerenz
Sep 10, 2019
Matt is my son so of course I am biased, but that aside he was one of the most extraordinary people I’ve known. I could tell stories for hours but suffice it to say that we will not see another like him soon. The brightest stars often burn out soonest.
You will live on in my heart always son.
Till we meet again, love Dad.
Jeff Shanafelt
Sep 10, 2019
Matt swam at the YW for several years at the Same time I did! He was a nice , personal guy & a friend, my deepest sympathy, Rest In Peace !
Jemila Burton
Sep 09, 2019
My condolences to the wife and children of Matt Lewerenz. He was my English comp 2 professor at Ashford University. Coolest guy around. Taught our class in a unusual and unique way still ensuring that we learn. One of quotes I will remember him by is "time doesn't exist". In which we discussed in out class.