Died on November 12th, 2012 while performing his duties as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
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 Sadle Park Pep Band.
After graduation, Matt joined the U.S. Army. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Div. stationed 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 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 of Spokane, WA. Brooke's parents, Jennifer (Roller) Keller and her husband Nick and their seven other children and Brooke's grandparents, Dale and Bernie Roller and John and Shirley Keller also survive.
Matt was a dedicated soldier and placed his unit and his country number one. He would want everyone to remember and support the troops stil fighting for protection of our freedoms.
A memorial service will be held December 6 at 11:00 am in the Morris Hill Chapel at Ft. Riley, Kansas.
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.