Jonathan A Gollnitz

June 8, 1984September 26, 2012

Nathan A. Gollnitz, 28, passed away on Friday, Sept. 26, 2012 in Pul-E Alam, Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Sgt. Nathan A. Gollnitz, was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan on Sept. 26th.. Nate also served a tour of Duty in Iraq, where he participated in The Stryker Brigade Troop Withdrawal. Prior to his service in the Army, Nate served 5 years in the U.S. Navy.

Despite suffering an injury where The Truck he was riding in was destroyed by an IED in Afghanistan on July 20th 2012 he continued to go on Missions. A true solider to the end.

Beloved nephew of Martin and Diane Kennedy who Nate considered his parents and always called them Dad and Mom. Dear father of Lukas Conrad Gollnitz of Port Orchard, WA. and Lukas' mother Bridgett Bradford.

Also survived by his biological parents, Alan and Kim Gollnitz and five brothers, Kirk, Nick, Tyler, Noah and Chad. Along with grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Family will be on hand to celebrate his life and receive friends at Funeraria Del Angel Buena Vista with a Memorial Service to be held from 2 pm to 6 pm on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

In accordance to Nate's wishes an inurnment and full military honors will take place at The Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery at 2520 South Inspiration Road in Mission, Tx. at 11 am on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012.

You may view the obituary, sign the guestbook, and send your condolences online to Nathan A. Gollnitz family at

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Funeraria Del Angel Buena Vista, cemeteries, mausoleums, and crematory. 125 McDavitt Blvd., Brownsville, Texas 78521 (956) 541-5400. Dignity Memorial Provider.


  • Memorial Service Sunday, October 7, 2012
  • Military Honors Monday, October 8, 2012
  • Committal Service Monday, October 8, 2012
  • Entombment Monday, October 8, 2012

Jonathan A Gollnitz

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Charlie Gili

April 22, 2013

We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Gollnitz Family know that we recently sent Care Packages to American troops in the war zones. Each box carried a dedication sheet that includes the name, service information and a photo of your loved one. We recognize that this is a humble tribute, but we wanted you to know that it is heartfelt and made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals in the youth hockey community and beyond. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you strong.
Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of the US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign

April 10, 2013

We shall always be grateful to Jonathan for his service & sacrifice for this country.

SSgt Lindblad

April 5, 2013

You were my classmate, my friend, and my brother in arms! You will be missed!

November 14, 2012

We hold them in our arms for awhile,but in our hearts forever.My prayers and love are with you all. Kitty

Lynne Neibert

November 2, 2012

Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers ( is an organization with groups throughout the country who work to send handmade prayer shawls and/or lap robes to families who have lost a loved one while serving our country. Members of Trindle Spring Lutheran Church would like to honor your nephew and son's sacrifice and memory by sending our prayers and comfort through a prayer gift which will be mailed to you. If you are interested, please contact me at with the names and addresses of those who would like to receive one and which gift they would like to receive. We will send our gift as soon as possible. Also, if you know of any other families who are grieving the loss of a loved on who died while serving our country, please pass along my e-mail address. May God bless you and comfort you in the days ahead. Sincerely, Lynne

Janice Hick

October 16, 2012

I did not know you Jonathan, except through your death notice in the paper. My heart is very heavy for those whom you left behind. I send them love.

P. Topete

October 12, 2012

Sorry for your loss. Will pray for fortitude for the family.

Colleen Sikora

October 12, 2012

I Give To You, Your Son-
You held him as an infant; You hugged him as a boy
and through the years he has become your greatest pride and joy.

You love him more than you can say,
his life more precious than your own,
but gone are the whims and notions of the little boy that you had known.

For the years have passed so quickly since the time it all began
and now he stands before you with the conviction of a man.

He wants to serve his country, he states aloud with pride
as you try to sort out the emotions that you are feeling deep inside...

a union of the uncertain fear, which you cannot control
and the allegiance which lies deep within your patriotic soul.

You trust that your years of guidance will serve as a strong foundation
as he performs the duties requested from his beloved nation.

God please guide him as he travels to the places our soldiers have bled
and walk with him through pathways where those heroes' feet have tread.

Oh Sweet Land of Liberty, humbly you gave your son
praying you'll return him safely home when his work for you is done.
You raised a wonderful son to become a wonderful young man and father. No parent could be prouder than what you must be.

Love to all.

S. Kronenwetter

October 11, 2012

To the Gollnitz Family, Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one and hero Jonathan, and my sincerest gratitude for his service for our country.
God Bless you Sgt. Jonathan A. will not be forgotten.

Zoila Juarez

October 11, 2012

Thanks for serving our country, R.I.P