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Matthew Ryan “Matt” Deschner 1982 - 2023
Matthew Ryan “Matt” Deschner

Matthew Ryan “Matt” Deschner, 41, passed away on Nov. 25, 2023, at his home in Great Bend, Kan. He was born on May 21, 1982, in Hays, Kan., to Bradley and Karry (Boyd) Deschner.

A lifetime Barton County resident, Matt worked as a truck driver. Growing up, he attended Trinity Lutheran Church. Matt was a member of the Kansas Motocross Championship Series (KMCS) and enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing darts, spending time with family and friends – he didn’t know a stranger and was a friend to all, but most importantly, spending time with his son, tinkering on motocross bikes.

Survivors include a son, Tyler Deschner of Burrton; his father, Brad, of Great Bend; a brother, Josh Deschner and wife, Tiffany, of Valley Center; a sister, Barbie VanderGiesen and husband, Blake, of Great Bend; nephews, Cole Deschner, and Bankston and Bishop VanderGiesen; nieces, Brooke, Paige and Quinn Deschner; co-parent, Candra Ruppe; and among numerous friends and loved ones, special friends Koen, Jake, Trent, Chelsea, Aaron, Taree, Troy and April. He was preceded in death by his mother, Karry; brother, Justin Deschner; nephew, Bradley VanderGiesen; and his grandparents.

Cremation has taken place. Family will be receiving guests from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023, at Bryant Funeral Home. Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023, at Bryant Funeral Home, with Pastor Jay Welshonse presiding. Inurnment will follow at Great Bend Cemetery North. Memorials have been designated to the Tyler Deschner Education Fund, in care of Bryant Funeral Home. The family encourages guests to dress casually, and suggests wearing either of Matt’s teams’ colors: Michigan University’ blue or Kansas City Chief’s red.

Funeral arrangements provided by

Bryant Funeral Home

1425 Patton Road

Great Bend, KS.  67530

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Nov. 30, 2023