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“I just found out that Matt has died.He and I were friends many years ago at school. He was as nice and decent a person that I have ever met. I have...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Jim Edwards - Carlisle, PA

“So sorry to hear of Matthew`s passing . Wishing you as much peace during this difficult time. May GOD , through His grace , grant you his peace .God...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Mark and Kathy Biggs - Rockford, IA

“I was deeply saddened to learn of Matt's death. I worked with Matt at Pharmacists Mutual Insurance in Algona, Iowa, for a few years. He was a...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Jeanene Bang - omaha, NE - Friend

“I first met Matt many years ago when he was legal counsel for claims in Des Moines. He was a great friend and I will miss him. ”
4 of 24 | Posted by: Michael McDonald - St. Louis, MO

“Matt was my manager for a bvv ruef time while I worked for Nationwide. He was one of the best managers I ever had the pleasure of working with. He...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Larry Lynch - Des Moines, IA

“Kristi and children, I was very shocked to hear of Matt's illness and passing. I am so very sorry for your loss. I loved being your neighbor. I...Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: Sandra Evans (Cox) - Ottumwa, IA

“I came to know Matt through work at Nationwide. Matt was such a kind and friendly person and always had a smile when you would meet him. I am...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Jeremy Montgomery - Coworker

“Matt was one of the first people I would seek out when visiting the Des Moines office. He was witty and smart and just generally a joy to visit. I...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Elizabeth Kaplan - MI - Coworker

“I worked with Matt when I was at Allied/Nationwide and we would have many discussions around the Iowa football team as well as work related things....Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: Ron Nott - Grinnell, IA - Friend

“Our thoughts & prayers go out to Kristi, Max, Evy, Anna & entire Allison Family. ”
10 of 24 | Posted by: Dick & Deb Blanchard - Norwalk, IA

“Matt was such a kind person. My thoughts and prayers to his family. ”
11 of 24 | Posted by: Jackie Cassens - Ankeny, IA

“Matt was such a sweet guy and a great lawyer. It was a privilege to know him. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. ”
12 of 24 | Posted by: Jonna Kay Hamilton - Austin, TX

“We are part of the OLIH family. The Allison family worshiped right across the aisle. Matt was a cross bearer. I think of him as gentle giant and a...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Donna and John Jameson - Ankeny, IA

“We will always remember Matt. Sending prayers and love your way. ”
14 of 24 | Posted by: Lupe Barrett - Eureka, CA

“Matt was not just tall but a true giant of a man - humble, caring, witty and mostly, devoted to family, To Kristi, Max, Evy & Anna - I am truly...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: Cathy Grady - Ankeny, IA

“Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
16 of 24 | Posted by: David Merfeld - Walla Walla, WA

“I worked with Matt for many years. He was well respected in the insurance industry and great to work with. I will remember Matt as a caring and...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: Dave Wolf - Colfax, IA - Coworker

“Matt and I worked together and had some good conversations about faith and his illness. My heart aches at this time but I also know the we are Easter...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Dave Dixon - Altoona, IA

“Very sorry for your loss! I knew Matt from work. Your obituary was right on. He was witty. I loved his sense of humor. He had a calm and positive...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Doug Elrod

“I am thinking of you, Kristi, and praying for you, Max, Evy and Anna. I wish there were words to take away your sadness. I will hope you stay...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: Carol Flack - Cedar Falls, IA

“Heartfelt condolences to Matt's family. Matt was a stellar person and will be missed by all. ”
21 of 24 | Posted by: Bill Prather - Greensboro, GA

“So sorry for your loss ”
22 of 24 | Posted by: Sheri Westendorf Hillegas - IA

“Memories are forever. May God grant you peace. ”
23 of 24 | Posted by: Dorothy Foxen Leavens - Greene, IA

“Our sincere sympathy to the Allison family; what a tragedy to loss a precious son, husband, father, brother... Your family will be in our prayers. ”
24 of 24 | Posted by: Mike/Mary Ann Schweizer - IA

Matthew Douglas Allison, 51, of Ankeny, IA died on May 22, 2020, at the MercyOne Hospice House in Johnston, Iowa following a fierce 14-month battle with metastatic colon cancer.

Matt was born to Mike and Mary Ellen Allison on October 16, 1968. He grew up with four brothers – Jon, Tim, Pat and Chris – in Rockford, IA and often spoke of how he had the "perfect childhood" playing outside, riding bikes and making mischief with his brothers and their friends.

Matt graduated from Iowa State University and earned his law degree from the University of Iowa. He spent most of his career at Nationwide Insurance in Des Moines where he was loved and respected by many colleagues. We thank Matt's friends at Nationwide for their support throughout his battle with cancer.
Matt embodied the best of what it meant to be a family man, deeply devoted to his wife Kristi and their three children Max, Evy and Anna. Matt simply loved being a dad. Matt had a quiet presence and a witty sense of humor. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye football fan and season ticket holder. He loved sailing and being on the water at Clear Lake.

Matt was a member of Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Ankeny. His faith carried him during his cancer battle. Thank you to Father Michael and Sister Susan for their love and assistance.

Thank you to Matt's surgical oncologist Dr. Jan Franko, oncologist Dr. Christian Schultheis and the dozens of nurses and medical professionals who tirelessly fought his cancer alongside him. Thank you to the palliative care team and the Johnston Hospice House for their loving care as Matt transitioned from this earth.
Matt is survived by his wife Kristi, children Max, Evy and Anna, mother Mary Ellen, brothers Jon (Karen), Tim (Gerri), Pat (Sheila) and Chris (Kristy), and many nieces, nephews and extended family. Matt's father Mike preceded him in death and met Matt at the gates of heaven.

A public visitation will be Tuesday, May 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home. A prayer service will follow the visitation at 7 p.m. The funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27, at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home. Due to COVID requirements, the prayer service and funeral Mass will be private. The funeral Mass will be live streamed on the Memorial Services of Iowa Facebook page. Please see instructions on how to view below.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kristi Allison to support Max, Evy and Anna's future educations.

To view the live stream on Facebook on Wednesday:
1. Follow this link to the Memorial Services of Iowa page or copy/paste the address into your internet browser:
2. 'Like' the page. (by doing this you will be able to see on your newsfeed when the livestream starts).
3. On Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. go to the Memorial Services page to view.