Beach, Matthew

Written by David Green.

Matthew Ryan Beach, 36, of Adrian, Mich., died Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at Bixby Medical Center.

He was born Sept. 12, 1974, in Adrian, to Jack and Margaret (Rorick) Beach.

Matt was a proud graduate of the Milton C. Porter Education Center, where he was a popular friend and athlete. He was  crowned Prom King of his class of 2001. He won no less than 25 medals at local and state Special Olympics, winning many gold medals in bowling. Matt was a founding member of MSU’s Hidden Lake Gardens Project Bloom and he liked to be with the sounds and smells of the outdoors. He loved to swim and was an animal lover, horseback rider and member of the Toledo Zoo.

Matt loved his large family and was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. Matt loved bumping rhythms, good music and the applause of a crowd. He attended many performances at the Croswell Opera House. An active member of the community, Matt was a loyal friend, gentle brother, happy camper and loving son.

In addition to his parents, Matt is survived by his brother Andrew (and Erin Mulcahy) Beach of Philadelphia, Penn.; a sister, Jessica (and Scott) Whitehouse of Tecumseh, Mich.; two nieces, Elsa and Astrid Beach; his best friend and roommate, Billie Jo Brenke; many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and his personal caregivers for 14 years, the Christ Centered Homes and the Renaissance Community Homes.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Julia Rorick and Jack and Ruby Mae Beach, and an uncle, John Rorick III.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Adrian Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home, with Dr. Melissa Stewart officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci, Mich. Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Adrian Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the HOPE Community Center.

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