Margres, Matthew G., Saginaw, Michigan

Beloved husband, father and brother passed away Friday October 31, 2014 with his wife at his side. Age 55 years. Son of the late John and Joan (Kraynak) Margres Jr., Matthew was born June 9, 1959 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He was married to Valerie K. Petty. She survives him. Matthew was a graduate of Bethany College and Washington State University. He was a professor at Saginaw Valley State University and was awarded the Landee Award for Teaching Excellence. Matthew was an avid fisherman, athlete, martial artist and as a teenager was a nationally ranked Olympic weight lifter. Surviving besides his wife Valerie are two sons and one daughter, Matthew T. Margres, Alexander Margres and his fiancÚ, Heather, Clare Margres; one granddaughter, Gemma; two brothers and one sister, Jack and Patty Margres, Mark and Robin Margres, Laura and Mike Widmer; many nieces and nephews. The family will be present at the Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road (between Shattuck and McCarty), on Monday, November 3, 2014 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. A private funeral service preceding cremation will take place Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Chippewa Nature Center.