Harry Matthew "Matt" Willcox

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October 3, 1953 ~ September 13, 2023

Born in: Pueblo, Colorado
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

Harry Matthew Willcox, known as “Matt,” passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2023. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Harry Willcox and Elnora Brown Willcox. He leaves behind to treasure his memory, his wife, Peggy Runco Willcox; his devoted children, Matthew Willcox, Kyle (Louann) Willcox and Jessica; along with four cherished grandsons: Dominic and Vincent Willcox and Levi and Owen Straubel. Matt is also survived by his loving siblings, Jack Willcox and Lynn (Leonard) Harvey; and his extended family of brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Matt worked at the Colorado State Fair for almost thirty years, retiring in 2003. He then ran his own business, MK Handyman Service, for many years. A welder by trade, Matt could fix most anything – cars, plumbing, tile, walls – you name it and he could fix it – but his favorite hobby was wood working. He appreciated the simple beauty in the various grains of wood and the personal satisfaction that he found in working the wood to create a new thing of beauty. He had a creative eye and was not timid about trying new designs, methods and materials as he made lovely wood furniture, vases, jewelry, and more.
Matt loved a good song, a good joke, and a good meal. From John Wayne and Disney classics to romantic tear jerkers – he enjoyed watching (and often rewatching) a good movie. He preferred to be outdoors – hunting, fishing, or just enjoying the wonder of Colorado scenery and weather.
Above all, Matt was unwavering in his dedication to his family. He faced life’s challenges with courage, strength, and a quiet conviction that was and will continue to be an inspiration to all who knew him. Celebration of Matt’s Life, 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, at the Colorado State Fairgrounds 4H Dining Hall. Full obituary and online condolences, at www.MontgomerySteward.com


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  1. CandleImagePeggy, Matt, Kyle, Jess, and family – we love you all so much. We will miss Uncle Matt and we are sorry for your heartache. He will be remembered for his kindness to us and everyone and his deep love and loyalty to his family. All our love and most sincere sympathy ~ Guy, Shina, and Wilder

  2. CandleImagePeggy, Matt, Kyle and Jess….my heart goes out to all of you. I know how much he loved all of you. Love never dies. Matt’s love for all of you is everlasting. Matt was a great man, a great friend, and a great coworker. I cherish the 30 years I worked with him. So many memories! I will think of him often. May your many memories give you peace during this sad time. Deb Wallace

  3. I will miss walking across the street to visit with Matt. Always enjoyed our visits out on your front porch. We never solved the worlds problems, but we had some good discussions on how we could! He will be missed .

  4. CandleImageDear Peggy and Family, so sorry for your loss, I knew Matt from working with him at the Fair, back in 98 when the Fair changed from the State Athority and went back to the State as a new hire in the maintenence dept..Matt was a great Supervisor and very fair man to work for..He will be missed by all who knew him.
    🙏 R.I.P. Matt

  5. Peggy and family, I’m so sorry to hear of Matt’s passing. He was a great guy, my favorite of the State Fair group! They would come to Hoch’s for drinks and a “gripe session ” about what had happened at the Fair that day. Matt was always so fun to be around. He will be missed by many! You and your family are in my prayers. RIP Matt, you were one of the good guys!

  6. CandleImagePrayers for you and your family
    Hope for eternal love
    Thoughts of you as you travel this heartbreaking journey
    Assurances that Matt will always be present in heart and mind.
    With love, Pat

  7. Dear Peggy. I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you during this time of sorrow. Sending prayers and hugs.

  8. CandleImagePeggy, so, so sorry to learn of the loss of Matt. My prayers and hope are for you and your family’s peace and solace.

  9. Dear Peggy, don’t know if you remember me but both our families went to the Congregational Church. I’m Karen Craddock, sister Patty and brothers Steve and Mark. I never knew any Runcos as adults because we moved to Montose. I just wanted to give you some hugs and hope you have people around you. Love also to your children. With Love, Karen Craddock Waters

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