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Baseball Mourns the Passing of Matt Hansen ‘04

Baseball Mourns the Passing of Matt Hansen ‘04

Baseball Mourns the Passing of Matt Hansen '04

VERONA, Wisconsin – The MSOE baseball team offers its condolences on the passing of four-year alum Matt Hansen '04 who passed away on April 11 after a brave fight with brain cancer.

Hansen was a four-year starter with the Raiders from 2001-04, earning All-Lake Michigan Conference honors as a senior when he batted .333 with 12 doubles, three home runs, and 23 RBIs. He was also named to the All-LMC Freshman Team in 2001 and finished his career with a .317 batting average in 130 career games. He ranks in the program's top 10 for hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs, and total bases.

Hansen graduated from MSOE in 2004 with his degree in software engineering. He immediately started working at EPIC Systems and remained with the company. He is also the brother of former Raider pitcher, Ben Hansen (2008-11).

His obituary, courtesy of Ryan Funeral Service:

Matthew Ray Hansen, age 35, passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at home, surrounded by family.  He was born June 27, 1982 in Beloit, Wis., the son of Richard and Mary (Richardson) Hansen.  He graduated from Beloit Memorial High School as valedictorian in 2000, and continued his education at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where he attained his software engineering degree in 2004.  Matt then went on to work at Epic Systems in Verona where he served as an integral team member.

Matt was an avid baseball fan, always cheering on the Brewers, a tennis fan, movie buff and critic (never wanting a spoiled ending), a traveling guru, a futurist, science and technology advocate, and a spreadsheets and Brackets enthusiast.  His shining accomplishments include bowling a perfect 300 and winning the 2000 State Legion Baseball Championship where he was named MVP.  But his proudest accomplishment was marrying Katelyn in 2008, and starting their family adventures together.

Matt spent the last weeks of his life surrounded by family and friends playing board games, bingo and making lasting memories.

He is survived by his wife, Katelyn R. (Chesick) Hansen; children, Jacob and Josephine; his trusted canine companion, Maeby; his parents; his siblings, Ben and Bethany Hansen; his grandfather, Russell Richardson; and many more extended family members.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Alice Richardson, and Ray and Ellen Hansen.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Matt on Sunday, April 22nd from 1 – 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Brewing Company, 1079 American Way, Verona.  A time for eulogies and prayer will be at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating money to The Sarcoma Foundation of America or Agrace HospiceCare.  Thank you to the wonderful staff at Agrace for taking such great care of Matt.

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