Obituary: Matthew Joseph Whalen, 43, of Prairie Village

Matthew Whalen, left, is remembered as a warm and fun-loving father. He died on Christmas Eve at the age of 43. Photo via Matthew Whalen's Facebook page.

Matthew Joseph Whalen, affectionately known as “Smithers,” was a genuine and warm father, husband, brother, son, and friend. He left us far too soon on December 24, 2020, at the age of 43.

Matthew’s fascination with mischief and prankery began at an early age, ultimately spurred on by several friends whom he met while attending Shawnee Mission East High School and the University of Kansas. Always a fan of high jinks, Smithers delighted in surprising unsuspecting friends and pesky neighborhood children with his capers, especially on Halloween. Much to the chagrin of his friends and none so more than his wife, one of his favorite pastimes was donning his signature old man mask and scaring the bejesus out of anyone who was oblivious to his ways.