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Matthew Steven Miltz

November 11, 1971August 15, 2021
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Matthew Steven Miltz (1971 – 2021)

Matt Miltz, beloved father and husband of Highland Village, TX, passed away on Sunday, August 15, 2021. Matt was born on Veterans Day on November 11, 1971 in Emporia, KS. Emporia is known as the birthplace of Veterans Day and when Matt was a child, he would say the parade was for his birthday.

He attended elementary school in Emporia until his family moved to the Topeka, KS area when he was in middle school. Matt graduated from Shawnee Heights High School where he was active in varsity golf, soccer, and wrestling…winning 5th place in Kansas his senior year. In 1991, Matt enlisted in the Air Force, serving as a jet engine mechanic until 1994. He then transferred to the 190th Air Refueling Wing in Topeka and this was where Matt found his calling as a boom operator as well as his 2nd family in the 190th Air Refueling Wing, refueling airplanes all over the world. Matt was a very thoughtful man and whenever he returned home from a trip, he would bring gifts for everyone in the family. Many of these gifts still adorn the homes of those blessed to be in his circle.

In 1999, Matt earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Washburn University. And in 2003, Matt’s world changed when he attended a friend’s wedding and met Michelle, the love of his life. They were married in Cozumel in 2005, attended with a small group of family with a big party that followed in Topeka. In 2006, Matt and Michelle welcomed baby Marissa, and the M&M family was born. In 2008, Maci joined the M&Ms and completed the family.

As he prepared for a career beyond the military, Matt earned an MBA from Baker University in 2010. In 2012, Matt retired from the 190th Air Fueling Wing and the family moved to Texas, where he transitioned his work efforts to a successful career in business. Anyone who met Matt quickly learned Michelle, Marissa, and Maci were the center of his world. As a devoted father, Matt was a staple at the girls’ activities whether the role was cheer dad or hunting guide, he was there for his girls. Even with a busy work life and activities with the girls, he always made time for date nights and getaways with Michelle. Matt loved to travel, and whether camping, exploring the beach or the mountains with his family, he always made sure everyone had a special time. Matt was an excellent cook and could always be found manning the grill, smoker, or kitchen stove. Whether a small family dinner, special event, pool or block party, Matt made the best meals with love. Matt kept a positive energy making everyone around him better and will be missed by everyone blessed to have been touched by his life.

Matt is survived by his loving wife Michelle; daughters Marissa and Maci; grandmother Tima Bjorkback of Overland Park, KS; mother Linda Nantz and her husband Gary of Topeka, KS; brother Eric Miltz, his wife Sherry, daughter Emma of Lawton, OK, and son Luke of Roeland Park, KS; mother-in-law Debby Witthar and her husband Dennis of Topeka, KS; brother-in-law Randy Haas, his wife Keri, daughter Hayden, and sons Jackson and Colby of Topeka, KS. He was preceded in death by his father, Steve Miltz.

Matt was patriotic, a proud veteran and a passionate supporter of veterans’ charities. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, Matt would have loved donations to Wreaths Across America. Services for Matt will be held August 27th, 2021, at 10:00 AM at Rolling Oaks Funeral Home, 400 Freeport Parkway, Coppell, TX 75019. Burial with full military honors, will take place at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75211, on August 27th, 2021, at 2 PM.

  • FAMILY

  • Michelle Miltz, Wife
  • Marissa Miltz, Daughter
  • Maci Miltz, Daughter
  • Tima Bjorkback, Grandmother
  • Linda Nantz (Gary), Mother
  • Steve Miltz, Father (deceased)
  • Eric Miltz (Sherry), Brother
  • Emma Miltz, Niece
  • Luke Miltz, Nephew
  • Debby Witthar (Dennis), Mother-in-law
  • Randy Haas (Keri), Brother-in-law
  • Hayden Haas, Niece
  • Jackson Haas, Nephew
  • Colby Haas, Nephew

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, August 27, 2021

  • Reception

    Friday, August 27, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, August 27, 2021

Memories

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Brandon “BooBoo” Gray

August 27, 2021

I was fortunate enough to become a boom operator with the 190th towards the end of Miltzy’s career there. So, my first 4 years of flying were heavily influenced by all of the characters we somehow gather in our unit. Miltzy was a great character to learn from and I had the pleasure of several trips around this world with him before he left to focus on his post-military life. My most memorable trip with Miltzy was to Thailand and Vietnam to drop off a team that searches for remains of our POWs. Matt had done a similar mission before to Palau and he taught me so much about not only how to be a good boom operator, but how important this work is to the families of the POWs. In the past decade since that trip, I have been married and have two wonderful girls. Just like Miltzy. I’m so thankful for the memories, but we’ll forever miss his smile, laugh, wisdom, and wit. Thank you Miltz family for sharing Matt with us!

Scott Morris

August 27, 2021

Matt (aka “Choo Choo Laverne”) will be deeply missed. Choo Choo would always greet you with a wide smile and was genuinely excited to see you each and every time he’d see you. I will never forget his infectious laugh that would cause his head to bow and slowly bob back and forth which would also send his shoulders to bounce up and down as he chuckled along with the story that was being shared. He was a gift. Choo Choo served his brother, his family, wife, daughters and his country proudly. Btw, I’m not really sure why he was anointed “Choo Choo Laverne”…. I always assumed it was because, as kids, during our pick up football games in our front yards, when Matt was given the ball, he lowered his head and ran straight up the gut like a runaway Choo Choo train! Regardless, if that is the true reason or not, in my mind, Choo Choo Laverne will go down in the history books as one of the all time great nicknames! My love to all and may the Lord (and Matt) look upon you and keep a watchful, caring, loving eye on you.

Tracy Machado

August 27, 2021

Michelle, Marissa & Maci -

We are saddened to know of your loss, and we are thinking of and praying for you.
All of you hold such a special place in our hearts from our time as Starburst families. It was always so much fun hanging out with your family on the sidelines and at practices. All of you are gracious and joyful.
It was always clear how much Matt loved his family.
We have donated a wreath to WAM in Matt's honor, to be placed at the DFW National Cemetery.
With our sincere condolences,
John and Tracy Machado, Grace and Bonnie

Jon Swinney

August 26, 2021

I worked side by side with Matt for couple of years, had several good trips and golfed with him. Matt had an infectious smile and the timing of his wise crack remarks were always perfectly timed! Matt was a generous person, always looking out for his guard family. Matt was a fierce competitor on the golf course. My favorite line Matt used on the golf course " Don't talk to my ball!"

Scott Hagenbrock

August 26, 2021

Heaven for sure got a good one but far too soon. Matt was the very first person I met when I rushed the squadron in 2002. He was super welcoming, accommodating and just an overall outstanding human being. His laugh and witty personality were very contagious that made him an absolute joy to be around. Being a commuter for a few years from Texas to Kansas, Matt and Michelle graciously opened up their home to me and for that I will be forever grateful. Matt you will definitely be missed but not forgotten. I will always remember our flights from near to far but especially our Ecuador trips and our Alaska trip when we fished without a license. All good times with a great guy who was so proud of his wonderful family. God speed buddy.

Scott Hagenbrock

David and Janice McAbee

August 26, 2021

Always a smile and a welcoming gesture, Matt made everyone feel happy and that a good time was being had by all. We did not know Matt's wife and children but I'm certain he was a great husband and father always caring, protective and loving. We are very sorry for your loss.

David and Janice McAbee

Randy Haas

August 25, 2021

Michelle, Marissa, and Maci,

We love you girls more than anything and are deeply saddened for your loss. Matt will always have a special place in our hearts and will never be forgotten. He will be missed by all who knew him and rembered as the one who lived his life for his Girls. Your Dad and Husband will always be by your side going forward - so keep making him ever so proud as you always have. Be strong for each other and be strong for him. We love you always.

Randy, Keri, Hayden, Jackson, Colby

Mark Sweeney

August 25, 2021

Hey Buddy, Your smile will be missed. Not to mention your golf game, your sharp wit, your Booming, and your spirit.
Love you...

Dan Skoda

August 24, 2021

We are so very sorry for your loss. Sending our prayers for comfort and peace. I enjoyed flying all over the world with Matt, our deployments together, and working together in the same office for a period of time. Our conversations were never dull! He is greatly missed and gone too soon.

Judi Grimmett

August 24, 2021

I am so sorry to hear this! He was way too young. I attended SHHS as well. I remember he was always friendly in the halls and classes. My thoughts, prayers , and sincere condolences to all of you.
Judi Grimmett
SHHS
Class of 1990

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