Matthew David Lentzkow, 36, of Newton died on Saturday, November 1, 2014, in rural Jasper County. He was an organ donor so that others may receive the gift of life.
Matt, the son of Gary and Pam (Weltzin) Lentzkow, was born on March 9, 1978, in Cedar Falls. He attended school in Colfax and graduated from Union High School in La Porte City in 1996. Matt was a bull rider in the rodeo in both high school and as a professional. After high school, Matt served his country in the U.S. Navy. In 2007-2008, Matt attended Faith Bible College in Ankeny and completed mission trips to Mexico and Romania.
Matt was a self employed welder and landscaper. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Colfax. Matt enjoyed playing guitar, hunting and fishing. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye Wrestling fan.
Those left to honor Matt’s memory are his father, Gary Lentzkow of Newton; mother, Pam (Bud) Jones of Waterloo; sisters, Mandy (Brian) Longacre of Newton and Breanna Jones of Waterloo; step-siblings, Shannon (Roxanne) Jones of Denver, IA and Lisa (Mike) Allen of Winthrop; nieces and nephews, Gage and Kamden Vander Schel, Josie and Priscilla Jones, and Analiesa, Cauis, and Kennon Allen; his paternal grandmother, Arlene Wilson; maternal grandmother, Donna Weltzin; and friend, Bethany Peterson of Chicago.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Franklin Weltzin; step-grandfather, George Jones; and brother-in-law, Justin Vander Schel.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 7, at the Heartland Community Church in LaPorte City, Iowa with a visitation one hour prior to the service.  The family will also greet friends from 6-8 P.M., Thursday, November 6, at the First Baptist Church in Colfax. Memorials in Matt’s name to be donated to the missions he worked with may be left at either church or at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.