Matthew Bryce Strunk

September 1, 1987 ~ January 31, 2021 (age 33)


Matthew Bryce Strunk was born on September 1, 1987 in Knoxville, Iowa, to William and Naomi Strunk. He was called home on Sunday, January 31, 2021. 

Matthew grew up in the Knoxville area and graduated from Knoxville High School in the Class of 2006; where he participated in sports and marching and jazz bands.  Following graduation, he spent four years of dedicated service in the United States Marine Corps, which included combat tours in Iraq.  After his time in the military, he worked for the US government as a security contractor in Iraq, Puerto Rico and stateside assignments. After returning to the Des Moines area, he was most recently employed installing fiber optic cable.

Matt was always outgoing and loved to live life to the fullest. His primary love was music, especially his drums, which he dearly loved playing at every opportunity.  Matt’s many friends will always remember his ability and the big smile emanating from behind the drum set.

Matthew loved his family and friends. There was a special place in his heart for his nieces and nephews. He was often found playing with them or just holding the little ones while they slept.  The loss of his kindness, laughter and caring will leave a large hole in the hearts of all who knew him.

Matthew is survived by his parents William (Jean) Strunk and Naomi (Robert) Fowler; brothers Jonathan (Dusty) Strunk, William A. Strunk and Nathan (Leslie) Warren; sister Audra (Brandon) Williams; seven nephews and two nieces.

Visitation will be held Saturday, February 6, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Ernst Funeral Home, Waukee.  (The use of a personal face covering and physical distancing will be required.) Due to COVID-19 restrictions, services will be private.  Matthew will be laid to rest Monday, February 8, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. at Iowa Veterans Cemetery, Adel.  Memorials may be directed in Matthew's memory to: National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide.  Matthew's private service will be live-streamed and can be viewed starting at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2021 or anytime thereafter, along with his committal interment service starting at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, February 8, 2021 or anytime thereafter.  Both can be viewed at:

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February 6, 2021

11:00 AM to 12:45 PM
Ernst Funeral & Cremation Services
80 NE Dartmoor Drive
Waukee, IA 50263

February 8, 2021

12:30 PM
Iowa Veterans Cemetery
34024 Veterans Memorial Drive
Adel, IA 50003

Private Service

Ernst Funeral & Cremation Services
80 NE Dartmoor Drive
Waukee, IA 50263


National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide
PO Box 1564, Buckley WA 98321
Tel: 1-253-256-2015

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