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March 8, 1992—June 18, 2019

SSGT Matthew Edward Jensen, 27, passed away June 18, 2019, in Kelso, WA. Matthew was born March 8, 1992, to Peggy Slater at the Madigan Army Hospital. He lived in the local area for 26 years and graduated from Kelso High School in 2010. Matthew served in the United States Air Force at Holloman AFB, Ramstein AFB and Hill AFB as a vehicle operator and dispatcher. He retired in 2019 and was a member of the Wounded Warrior Project. Matthew enjoyed spending time with his son, friends and family, shooting, 4xing in the Jeep, playing contract rummy with his mom and kicking her butt. Matthew was very loving and always wanted to please people; he was also caring, confident and a mentor.

Matthew married Shelby Jensen (Oakes) on April 26, 2011, in Longview. He is survived by his son Maddox Jensen; wife Shelby Jensen; mother Peggy Slater; step-fathers Jim Slater and Dennis (Elizabeth) Rittenhouse; sister Amanda Linares; brothers David Jensen and Alex Rittenhouse; step-siblings Keith and Krystal Slater; sister-in-laws Natasha Slater and Raven Dale; brother-in-laws Levi and Wyatt Dale, Andy Linares; mother and father-in-law Mark and Michael Dale; and girlfriend Felisha Bach. He was preceded in death by Janice Jensen, Donna Rittenhouse, Aubrey Linares and Laura Nelson.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, June 22, at noon at Columbia Funeral Services.

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