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Funeral services on Saturday for WPD detective who died of cancer

Wichita police Detective Matt Young died Tuesday from cancer. He is pictured here, center left, with his family. Funeral services are Saturday.
Wichita police Detective Matt Young died Tuesday from cancer. He is pictured here, center left, with his family. Funeral services are Saturday. Matt Young family

Funeral services for a Wichita police detective who died from cancer will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Central Christian Church, 2900 N. Rock Road.

Detective Matt Young died Tuesday at age 49. Police said services at the church are expected to last about an hour. A private graveside ceremony will follow. Police are encouraging members of the public who want to honor Young to line sidewalks along his processional route, which will start at the church, stretch north on Rock Road and then go east on Highway 254.

The procession is expected to start at 11:15 a.m. Traffic may be congested briefly along the route. Police say residents and travelers in the area can expect to see a large law enforcement presence while the services are ongoing.

Young began his police career in 1994 in Emporia and joined the Wichita force in 2000, where he worked as a patrol officer, bomb squad member and Sex and Domestic Violence Division detective, according to his obituary.

Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said by email that the department “suffered a great loss” with his death.

“Matt put up a strong fight against cancer and his smile, helpful nature, work ethic and leadership are going to be missed by everyone,” Ramsay wrote.

“We continue to keep his family, friends and colleagues in our thoughts and prayers.”

Young is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.

Young’s family is asking for memorials to the Honore Adversis Foundation, which provides financial support to local injured and fallen law enforcement officers, in lieu of flowers and cards. For more information go to www.thin-blue-line.org or mail donations to the Honore Adversis Foundation, 477 N. Seneca, Wichita, KS 67203.

Amy Renee Leiker has been reporting for The Wichita Eagle since 2010. She covers crime, courts and breaking news and updates the newspaper’s online databases. You can reach her at 316-268-6644. She’s an avid reader and mom of three in her non-work time.
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