Matthew Phillip Schuster was born March 2nd, 1989 in Newport Oregon to Karen Mary and Phillip Joseph Schuster of Yachats, Oregon. He died on November 3rd, 2017; the result of multiple serious illnesses. He survived a living related liver transplant at age 8 and at the age of 28 that liver finally failed, after giving him 20 years of life. His mother Karen preceded him in 2016. He is survived by his father Phillip, his Aunt Joan Willis, cousins Tracy and Chuck Willis of Illinois, on his mother’s side, and 74 aunts and uncles, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd cousins, to include his Great Aunt, Anne T. Barrett, on his father’s side; all of Illinois, Wisconsin or Minnesota.
Matthew’s interests were varied, including; writing stories and heartfelt poetry, acting (he appeared in the One of Us productions of, The Wild Guys and American Idle. He was an extra in films like, Water for Elephants and appeared in the television series Glee). At the age of 3 he became the mascot for the Whale in the Park Committee and thus helped to bring the Whale’s Tail Sculpture, by Artist Jim Adler into reality. He played trumpet in high school band and played guitar and keyboard as well. Matthew enjoyed working with his hands, from painting and drawing or designing to creating elaborate costumes. When anything stopped working he took them apart and fixed them. Working with his father at carpentry (when he was physically able to) gave him great joy. He loved food and cooking, trying out new recipes and exploring different ethnic cuisines. Despite ongoing health issues throughout his life, he remained a kind and deeply loving man. He persevered in his life despite his health problems and he never stopped dreaming. ‘So, Dream on my precious son, the dreams you always wanted. Now you are free’.
A celebration of his life will be held on December 10th from 2:00 to 4:00, in the multi-purpose room of the Yachats Commons Building (City Hall). Please join us.