Rick Matelski Memorial Fund

“It is with bittersweet emotion we say goodbye to a fine man and a great friend today. Ricky touched so many in our small community, and his wonderful smile and mischievous eyes will be sorely missed.” – The Whi-Ski Inn

Richard Joseph Matelski, 41 years young of Boyne Falls, MI passed away unexpectedly on June 13th.

Rick was born on December 13, 1975 in Petoskey, MI. He is the son of David and Mary Matelski. Rick graduated from Boyne Falls Public School where he excelled at playing basketball for the loggers as well as football for the Boyne City Ramblers. His desire for athletics continued with his discovery of a passion for softball, whether it was as a player or inspiring others thru coaching. One of the things he was most proud of was being the coach for the Boyne Falls Logger Girls softball team. Rick loved his bonfires and his flowers, but his favorite thing to do was help others. If you needed anything Rick would do his best to help in any way he could.

The most standout thing about Rick was his brilliant smile, his happy go lucky attitude, his infectious giggle, and his incredibly huge heart. Those who knew him know that the most important thing in his life was his family. Brendon and Calsey were the light of his life and his entire world. He was so proud of them and would tell anyone that would listen. He devoted his life to his kids and his fiancée Tonya. He and Tonya spent so many years together building an amazing life. He was their entire world as well.

With the passing of Rick the expenses are great. The loss of Rick’s income will be devastating for Tonya, Brendon and Calsey. Please consider a donation to help his family with immediate financial needs in the wake of his death, medical bills in excess of insurance coverage and any long-term financial needs of Tonya, Brendon and Calsey in his absence. Any help that you can provide would be greatly appreciated. It is not the amount that is important because we know your heart is to help in any way that you can. Thank you for the support of our family. Please continue to raise our family in prayer. This is a devastating and tragic event for us all. Godspeed and Rest in Peace Rick.

In lieu of contributing on this site you can send a check to:

Rick Matelski Memorial Fund
C/O Gary Matelski
5229 Chickasaw Court
Gaylord, MI 49735


There has been a fund set up through Fifth Third Bank for Tonya, Calsey and Brendon! You can go to any Fifth Third and donate.  #rickslegacy

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Organizer and beneficiary

Alison Johnson Matelski 
Boyne Falls, MI
Alison Matelski