Matthew H. Stiltz

August 5, 1986November 12, 2012

Staff Sergeant Matthew Henrick Stiltz, age 26, died on November 12th, 2012 while performing his duties as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He died from wounds incurred by indirect fire in Zerok, Afghanistan. Matt was born August 5, 1986 in Spokane, WA. He attended Shadle Park High School, class of 2005. Matt was interested in marketing and economics and was involved in the DECA Program. He and teammate Jason Crosin went to the DECA national competition in Anaheim, CA where they placed 5th out of 71 teams. Matt also played trumpet in the Shadle Park Pep Band. After graduation, Matt joined the U.S. Army. He was assign to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Div. at Station at Fort Riley, Manhattan, Kansas. He served two deployments in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. While stationed at Fort Riley, Matt met the love of his life, Brooke Keller and they were married June 19, 2009. Although he had a serious nature, Matt was a child at heart and had a way of connecting with young children. He was an immediate hit with Brooke’s seven brothers and sisters. This same trait also helped him bond with the children in Iraq. Matt is survived by his wife Brooke of Manhattan, KS, his parents Mark and Terri Stiltz of Spokane WA, his brother Jeff Stiltz and his sister Kristin Stiltz, both also of Spokane, WA. Matt was a dedicated soldier and placed his Unit and his country number one. He would want everyone to remember and support the troops still fighting for protection of our freedoms. A graveside military tribute will take place 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at Greenwood Memorial Terrace in Spokane, WA. A Memorial Service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Shiloh Hills Fellowship at 207 E. Lincoln Road in Spokane, WA. Additional information can be obtained from Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home at (509) 327-6666. In lieu of flowers, Matt and his family would appreciate contributions to the following organizations which are of great comfort and assistance to military personnel and their families: The Fisher House Program, the Wounded Warrior Project and the USO.


  • Visitation Friday, November 23, 2012
  • Graveside Service Saturday, November 24, 2012
  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 24, 2012

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Charlie Gili

March 8, 2016

We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Stiltz Family know that we recently made a small donation to Boots On The Ground in honor of Matthew H. Stiltz US Army Staff Sergeant. 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

Susan Samek

November 13, 2013

On this the one year anniversary of the loss of your husband, son and brother, please know that a fellow soldier's family still grieves for you and thanks you once again for the sacrifice Matthew Stiltz made for our country. Never to be forgotten. God bless all of you.

Jenna Miller

May 27, 2013

Miss you cousin.

Sue Samek

May 27, 2013

You sacrifice is never to be forgotten.

Mark Diederich

May 26, 2013

To the entire Stiltz family,

I want to thank you for your sacrifice as well as Matthew's. he is with God but I want you to know that my family and I are praying for you and thinking of you on this Memorial Day. Matthew gave his life for me and for all of his extended American family and will always be remembered. We will never meet, and I do not personally know Matthew, but he will be honored during our prayers tomorrow for what he has done.

Maybe god bless you and give you strength this weekend and forever.

S MacDaniel

December 4, 2012

I know there are no words to say at this time, except how sorry that I am. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Matthew will never be forgotten.

For you every single soldier
Those who served so honorable
Your life was forever altered
While I'm home safe and free
I stand with grateful admiration
I stand respectful and so proud
I know I'm only a civilian
And I don't even know if it's allowed

But I salute you; allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
Even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
My humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.
I salute you.

For those missing in action;
for those who didn't make it home.
I know you're in God's presence you are not alone.
For every neatly folded flag;
for every shattered family
I will do the only thing I know to dignify your memory.

I salute you, allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.

I salute you .

I Salute You.

Suzanne MacDaniel - A Proud Aunt
Colonie, NY
SGT. David M. Fisher
KIA 12/1/04 - Iraq

S. Kronenwetter

December 2, 2012

Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one and Hero Matthew, and my sincerest gratitude for his service for our country.
God Bless You Sgt. Matthew H. will not be forgotten.

Lynne Neibert

December 1, 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 son and husband'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

Desiree Rodcay

November 25, 2012

I am so sorry for the loss of this precious life. Thank you Sgt, for all you have given and for giving the ultimate. God bless you and those who mourn your loss. Rest in Peace.

Wayne Johnson

November 25, 2012

I thank God for your son's service to our country and pray God will be your strength as you grieve the loss of your son.