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 Thief River Falls - Matthew Norman Appel, 20, died Saturday, July 23, 2005 as a result of an automobile accident near Red Lake Falls.
 Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 28 at the Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls with a 7 p.m. prayer service and one hour at the church prior to the service Friday. Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.
 Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 29 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, with Rev. Jerry Eggers officiating. Casket bearers will include Joe Appel, Arne Rantanen, Roger Hanson, Mark Appell, Barry Hanson and Ray Appel. Honorary casket bearers will be all who called him “friend.” Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls.
 Matthew “Matt” Norman Appel was born on February 28, 1985 in Thief River Falls, the son of Steve and Vanessa (Hanson) Appel.  He was baptized on June 9, 1985 at Trinity Lutheran Church and confirmed on October 29, 1998 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Matt attended school in Thief River Falls, graduating from Lincoln High School on May 23, 2003.
 During high school, Matt worked at Hugo’s and Jeff Olson Construction. After graduation, he worked at Central Boiler, Northern Pride, and he was currently employed at Independent Machine Service in Thief River Falls.
 Matt enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. His hobbies were fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, camping, playing cards, especially cribbage. He also enjoyed tubing with his friends. Matt’s biggest passion was motocross. He loved racing and has several trophies to show for his many years of racing talent, including three Grand Champion trophies.
 He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and past member of Fans Motocross and AMA.
 Matt is survived by his parents, Steve and Vanessa Appel, Thief River Falls; his brother, Joe, Thief River Falls; grandmothers, Neva Appel of St. Hilaire and Madonna Gunderson of Warroad; aunts and uncles; and several cousins.
 He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Donald Appel and Norman and Colleen Hanson.