Matt Barr

Born: Sat., Oct. 23, 1982
Died: Tue., Mar. 10, 2020


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Mar. 20, 2020
Location: Woodland Hills Funeral Home

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Matthew Barr, 37, Mankato, passed away on March 10, 2020 in McCook, IL due to a workplace accident.  A visitation will be held from 4-7pm Friday, March 20, 2020 at Woodland Hills Funeral Home.  Due to the current situation there will be a register book available outside the front door of the funeral home from 1-7pm on Friday for those that would like to sign, drop off cards, and take a memorial folder but choose not to come inside.  Funeral services will be private.  Private interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.  Memorial donations may be made to the family.  

Matt was born October 23, 1982 in Mankato to Rodney Barr and Wendy Motto.  He grew up playing baseball, football, wrestling and hockey.  He also enjoyed bowling and watching family member’s race cars.  In 2003 Matt became a proud father, welcoming his son, Hayden, into the world.  Two years later in 2005 he welcomed his daughter, Marina.  On June 11, 2011 Matt married Jennifer “Jen” Burmeister and became an amazing bonus dad to Jen’s children, Ryan and Megan.

Matt loved anything that had to do with the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, ice fishing, and trapping.  His latest obsession and hobby was his saltwater tank.  Matt was also a dog lover but his heart belonged to his pittie, Windsor.  Matt was a kind hearted soul that would help anyone.  He loved to share his knowledge he had to anyone who would listen, this quality made Matt a great mentor.  

Matt was an employee of Kato Engineering in North Mankato at the time of his death.  In November 2019 he was promoted to a service technician.  He loved the idea of having the opportunity to travel the world while fixing and maintaining the generators he helped to build.  

Matt is survived by his wife, Jen of Mankato; children, Hayden and Marina Barr of St. Peter and Ryan and Megan Rosenbauer of Mankato; mother, Wendy (Mike) Wachtel of Eagle Lake; father, Rod (Rhonda) Barr of Mapleton; sisters, Brittany Barr (fiancé Matt Unzeitig) of Edina and Taylor Painter of Blue Earth; grandparents, Roberta Motto of Mankato, Ron and Karen Motto of North Mankato, and LaDonna Barr of Mapleton; nieces, Leighton Borland and Brianna Attenberger; nephews, Brett Attenberger, Ethan and Alex Adams; parent in-laws, Pete and Jeanette Burmeister of Mankato; sister in-law Krista Adams of Owatonna; aunt, Robin Truebenbach of Isle, MN;  uncles, Randy Barr of Wichita, Kansas and George Motto and his girlfriend, Barb Lyons, whom he thought of as his aunt; and many cousins and other family members.  

Matt is preceded in death by his grandfather, Rodger Barr; and aunt, Sandra Motto.  

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Karen DiPietro
   Posted Wed March 11, 2020
Dearest Jen, My heart aches for you all. My heartfelt condolences to you and Matt's family. Thinking of you all, xo

Dale Bergemann
   Posted Wed March 11, 2020
Please accept my most sincere sympathy. I work at Kato and just recently met Matt. To all of Matt's family, I am praying that somehow someday God will give you peace. - Dale

Rickie Ristau
   Posted Wed March 11, 2020
My deepest condolences to the Barr family. My HEART goes out to u all

Lisa and Greg Olinger
   Posted Wed March 11, 2020
Our deepest and sincere heartfelt condolences to all family members. Such a huge loss. Thoughts and prayers to all.

Brent Weaving
   Posted Wed March 11, 2020
Jen, our hearts go out to you and your family. Words cannot even express how sad we are to hear this. IF you need anything at all, we are just a click or call away.

Dale Bergemann
   Posted Tue March 17, 2020
I worked with Matt, although having only meeting him about a month ago. Please accept my most sincere sympathy. I pray that someday, someway, God can give you calm and light to move forward. - Dale

Debbie B
   Posted Wed March 18, 2020
To the Matt Barr Family,
Our hearts go out to you all. Our thoughts and prayers are for peace, strength and understanding at this very difficult time. Remember all the great times and hold them deep in your heart forever.
In Gods name,
Rick and Debbie Behnke

   Posted Wed March 18, 2020
I was fortunate enough to meet Matt while he worked out on the floor. During his transition to service work I got to know him better through our AM routine. He was always a pleasure to speak with and wore a smile like no other. No matter the situation he always took pride in what he did & spoke about the love he has for his family and life. I look forward to crossing paths with him down the road. Even though Matt is gone, never forget how much light he shared with everyone during his time here on earth. My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow.

Dan and Sharon Milbrett
   Posted Wed March 18, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. We knew Matthew when he was a little boy. He always had a smile on his face for everyone.

Kandace Krause
   Posted Thu March 19, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Rodney Barr and family. My heart goes out to you.
Kandace Krause, Minneapolis

Heather Coopman
   Posted Thu March 19, 2020
To the family of Matt,

I have known Matt from the younger days of hanging out with the Barr's on the racetrack and growing up in the same areas. I was shocked to hear of his passing. Always a smile on his face and saying hi whenever we would be in passing. I know Jen from back in the high school days as well being she graduated with my brother.
Many thoughts and prayers to you all.
Heather Coopman & Family
Garden City, MN

Tim Chirpich
   Posted Thu March 19, 2020
To Rod and Wendy, So sorry for your loss, Matt was an awesome young man, and a great competitor on the bowling lanes. It is never easy to loose someone so close, our prayers are with you.

Marie Dranttel
   Posted Thu March 19, 2020
Jen and family ...

Please know you all are in our hearts and prayers .. going to miss seeing that smile ....

Eric Watson
   Posted Thu March 19, 2020
My condolences go out to all of Matt's family.I had a great priviledge of getting to know him thru work.What a great man/friend Matt was one of the hardest workers I've ever known he was caring funny,and was always there to listen and talk ate lunch with him alot and guna mis the chats.Words cant explain how truly ur guna be missed.But I do know that God gained a great man and am truly grateful I got to know u Matt.

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