September 30, 1971 - February 13, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 45
Beloved father, son, and great friend to so many, Matthew Kyle Gruene (Matt), 45 years old of San Antonio, TX transitioned to eternal life and peace on Monday, February 13, 2017. Matthew was born in Washington D.C. on September 30, 1971. As a youth, he loved fishing, horseback riding, and camping with his family. From an early age, he excelled at bicycle racing, first with BMX racing, and later as a road racer in Marin County, California. In his 20s, he relocated to New Braunfels, TX where he owned and operated his own bicycle shop until transitioning into the medical field. He eventually gravitated to the cardiac catheterization area of medicine and worked in that field until his untimely death.
He married Kristen Wilson in Gruene, TX on October 6, 2001 with whom he had two beautiful daughters. Matt was always affable and welcoming of anyone at any time. He was greatly loved and admired by all who had the good fortune of knowing him and he will be missed more than he would have imagined. He was a man with many talents and especially enjoyed cooking and was gifted in woodworking, creating many unique and lovely items. Some of the beautifully crafted rocking horses he created will be enjoyed for generations by family and friends.
Matthew is survived by his daughters Hannah (13) and Emma (11), and their mother Kristen Gruene all of San Antonio, TX; his mother Dianna Mercer and his step-father Geoffrey Mercer of Great Keppel Island, Queensland, Australia; his grandfather Ernst Kyle Gruene of New Braunfels, TX; his step-mother Pat Gruene of Fort Worth, TX; his step-sisters Laurie Murphy and Amy Fisher of Fort Worth, TX; and his brothers Levi Gruene and Max Gruene of Fort Worth, TX, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Matthew was predeceased by his father William Shane Gruene.
Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service to celebrate Matthew's life and the beauty and grace he embodied at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Porter Loring Mortuary North located at 2102 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, TX 78232.
MISS ME – BUT LET ME GO
When I come to the end of the road
And the Sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free!
Miss me a little – but not too long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the Love that we still share.
Miss Me, but Let Me Go,
For this is a journey we all must take,
And each must go alone.
It's all a part of the Master's plan,
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart,
Go to the friends we know,
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss Me, but Let Me Go.