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Sgt. John Matthew Mccutchen

Sgt. John Matthew McCutchen of Sedalia; known to his friends and family as Matt passed away on Wednesday, June 9, 2021.

He was born July 3, 1986, in Sedalia, to John and Donna (Green) McCutchen.

On April 19, 2010, in Germany, he married Kathrin Brandhofer, who survives of the home.

Matt loved history, specifically military history. He became a voracious reader at a young age, a practice he carried with him through adulthood. When something piqued his interest, he would dig in and would not quit until his knowledge was near expert level. This dedication and tenacity became most evident in the realization of his childhood dream, becoming a combat infantryman in the US Army.

Matt served honorably for 11 years before medically retiring in 2017. During his career he graduated from Infantry, Airborne Infantry, Airborne Assault, and Sniper Schools. He served two tours in Iraq, first as a machine gunner and then as a scout sniper at FOB Apache. He also served one tour in Afghanistan as a vehicle commander in a Cavalry Stryker Brigade. He earned many commendations, but the one he prided most was his Combat Infantry Badge which signified his time spent in active combat.

Throughout his career Matt was stationed many places though none could compare to the one he held closest to his heart, Vilsek, Germany. There, he met Kathrin, the woman who would forever change his life and give him the two titles he prided above all others: husband and father.

Matt had many hobbies. He was a collector of military antiquities and amassed an impressive collection. But his favorite was teaching his children about preparedness and survival skills.

He was a member of the following organizations: Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, National Rifle Association, Army Sniper Society, Combat Infantryman Association, National Infantry Association, Royal Stewart Society, and the Scottish American Military Society.

In addition to his wife, Kathrin, he is survived by four children, Hannah, Jacob, Clara and Adrian; his father, John Dean McCutchen; sister, Jill Wade (Kevin); two nephews, Maddox and Calder; uncles, Larry McCutchen (Susan), Bob McCutchen (Dee), Pat Green (Mary) and Jeff Green (Amy); aunt, Pam Bass; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Franz and Anita Brandhofer; and a brother-in-law, Tobias Brandhofer.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Donna Sue McCutchen; paternal grandparents, Dale and Peggy McCutchen; maternal grandparents, Wayne and Karen Green; an uncle, Earl Green; and a nephew, Simon Wade.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at Heckart Funeral Home, with the Rev. Rob Hughes officiating.

Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, June 14, 2021 at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family, in care of Heckart Funeral Home.
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