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Matthew Joseph Kirkendall

Jan. 27, 1976 – March 30, 2022

Matthew Joseph Kirkendall, 46, of Fishers, passed away unexpectedly on Wed., March 30, 2022.

Matt was born on Jan. 27, 1976 to Valerie Etherington and Norvin Kirkendall.

Mr. Kirkendall, a certified surgical technologist, worked as a travelling technician. He graduated from Hamilton Southeastern High School and earned an associate’s degree From Ivy Tech. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps.

Throughout his life, Mr. Kirkendall was involved in many athletic activities and was an excellent all-around athlete. Baseball, basketball, Soccer, swimming, football, wrestling, and his true love, rugby. In 2009, he coached the Hamilton Southeastern High School rugby team that won the state 2009 championship.

If athletics was not enough, Mr. Kirkendall loved the outdoors, hunting. Fishing, and camping with his best friend, Chris Watts and Chris’s father, Allen, who he considered his ‘second’ dad

Mr. Kirkendall had a tremendous love of life. His social life surrounded many get-togethers with friends and family, especially around his swimming pool.

Survivors include his son, Joseph David Kirkendall Banuelos; mother Valerie; father Norvin; brother Kevin: and most of all his lifetime partner and best friend, Jolinda (JoJo) Sears.

He will be missed by his ‘adopted’ family: sister Brooke Wilson; brother Chad Wilkening; and their mother, Joyce Kirkendall.

A Celebration of life is scheduled to be held Sat., April 16, 2022, at the Fishers United Methodist Church, 9691 E. 116th Street, Fishers, Ind. 46037. The gathering is scheduled to start at 2 p.m., and last until 4 p.m. Afterward, a Memorial service is scheduled to be held.

Those who would like to ‘share’ stories are encouraged to attend the meal after the service. This will give friends and family a more relaxed setting.

The family requests that memorial contributions be given to the Fishers Methodist Church food bank.