Mathew Charles Peterman

Mathew Charles Peterman, 16, of Onaway, died at home Thursday, March 2, 2017.  The son of Walter and Tracey Sue (Landry) Peterman, Mathew was born December 27, 2000 in Cheboygan.


A lifelong resident of northern Michigan, Matt attended Onaway Elementary School and was currently a student at Onaway High School. Quiet and well-mannered, Mathew was a good student and a great kid. He really enjoyed playing trombone in the high school band and had participated in track and field, and basketball.

With a great love for the outdoors, Matt especially enjoyed fishing, turkey hunting and riding snowmobiles. Besides the outdoors, his other passion was for music. He enjoyed listening to rock music and playing guitar.

He loved tractors and was an avid reader. Having wonderful sense of humor, Mathew liked to joke around and loved watching the “Big Bang Theory.” He was a hardworking kid who enjoyed fixing things. Matt’s beautiful smile, his laugh and his quiet way will be sadly missed.

Surviving Mathew are his parents, Walter and Tracey Peterman of Onaway; father, Jacob Peterman of Tower; mother, Natasha French of Tower; stepbrother, Ben Long of Indian River; several h

alf-brothers and half-sisters; grandmother, Wilma Sue Landry of Waterford; grandparents, George and Holly “Jean” French of Tower; great-grandfather, Cecil Peterman of Sault Ste. Marie; aunts, Jessica (Tom) Lunt of Colorado and Samantha (Jim) LaLonde of Onaway; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins.

Memorial visitation was held Sunday, March 5, at the Chagnon Funeral Home with a memorial service that followed Monday, March 6, at the Onaway United Methodist Church.  The Rev. Carmen Cook officiated.  Matt’s final resting place will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Onaway.

At the age of 12, Mathew had surgery for scoliosis at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital so his family has suggested those planning an expression of sympathy please consider a donation in memory of Mat to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation, 100 Michigan St. NE, MC 004, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Condolences may be shared with Mathew’s family at