Matt A. Moody

Matt A. Moody, 56, passed away peacefully on Sunday June 30, 2024, at his home.


Funeral Service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2024, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Honorary Pallbearers will be Rob Carver, Mike Kurriger, Leland Lorentzen, Doug Stolley, Karen Westmoreland, Laura (Rain Mist), Fran Hughes, Andrea Myers, Desiree Border. A private family burial will be held at Greenwood Cemetery at a later date.


Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 5, 2024, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Matt’s honor in care of his wife, Mandy. It was important to Matt to give the gift of life though donation through the Iowa Donor Network. Online condolences:


Matt was born on May 3, 1968, in Muscatine, the son of Gary Denean and Nancy Lee (O’Leary) Moody. He married Mandy M. Byrd on November 13, 2009, in Muscatine.


Matt worked at HNI for nearly 30 years, but his true passion was volunteering as a Manager/ Operator at the Village Theatre. He was an actor, writer, director, officiant, handyman, comedian, and so much more. He wore many hats taking care of his people.


Matt was a huge supporter of all the arts in Muscatine and the Quad Cities. He was very generous and helped many people when they needed it. He always made people feel heard and safe. Matt had an amazing sense of humor and a booming laugh. To know Matt is to have loved him. He loved his family, his cats, and especially his dog, Chewie.


He will be deeply missed by his wife, Mandy Moody; his daughter, Lizz Smith and her partner, Paul Zdon; Matt and Mandy’s children, Cameron Moody, Lauren Moody and her husband, Alex Steffen; Brad Howard, Kaden Honts, and Nathaniel Honts; brother, Dan Moody and his partner, Sue Marr; nieces and nephews, Luke and his wife, Sarah; Nate, Samantha and her fiancé, Connor; Johnny, and Abby; great nieces and nephew; uncles; aunts; cousins; brothers-in-law, Clifford Byrd III and Daniel Byrd; and his chosen theatre family.


He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Lisa Michelle Moody; nephew, Drake Ronald Moody; and mother-in-law, Vickie.