Sgt. Matthew Stiltz’ Body Returns Home, His Wife: “I’m Blessed” - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Sgt. Matthew Stiltz’ Body Returns Home, His Wife: “I’m Blessed”

SPOKANE, Wash – The body of a fallen hero who grew up right here in Spokane has returned home.  It's been exactly a week since Sgt. Matthew Stiltz, 26, was killed in Afghanistan, on his third tour of duty.

This morning, his wife, parents, brother and sister watched as his body returned home for the last time, in a Dignified Transfer ceremony held by the Honor Guards of the Air Force and Army National Guard at the Spokane Airport.

But this afternoon, at their Spokane home, the Stiltz' mood was lighter.  They laughed, pouring over old photos and recalling good memories.

"He got down on one knee and opened the box, and it was empty," said his wife, Brooke Stiltz, 22.  "I was like, ‘Where's my ring?' and he pulled it out of his pocket," she told KHQ, laughing.

Sgt. Stiltz was based in Fort Riley, Kansas, and he met his wife there.  They married in 2009 just before his second deployment to Iraq.  Then this summer, she saw him off for his third, this time to Afghanistan.

"I knew it was different," she said.  "I knew how much more dangerous Afghanistan is."

This time, she says, Stiltz had the ‘what if' talk with her, discussing what would happen if he didn't come home.  At the time, she brushed it off, thinking it wouldn't happen to them.

But it has.

She knew it the moment the Army appeared at her door last week.

"As a military wife, you know what they're there for when they're at your door," she said.

At just 22 years old, she's now a widow.  She was the one who called Matthew's parents and siblings to tell them the news.

And just two days after her own husband was killed, the husband of a close friend was also killed – a member of Matthew's same unit.

"It's really hard to know that she's going to have to go through what I've been going through," she said crying.  "It's been really rough.

But through it all, Brooke told KHQ she feels lucky.

"Because a lot of people don't experience a love like we did, ever," she explained, "I just feel really blessed to have experienced a love as strong and true as ours was."

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 2 bodies found in pickup truck near Washington highway

    2 bodies found in pickup truck near Washington highway

    Thursday, May 25 2017 8:04 PM EDT2017-05-26 00:04:42 GMT
    2 bodies found in pickup truck near Washington highway2 bodies found in pickup truck near Washington highway

    WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - The bodies of a man and woman have been found in a pickup truck near a Washington highway. KCPQ-TV reported Wednesday that the Chelan County Sheriff's Office says it appears someone had been trying to conceal the vehicle. The deputy who went to the call had said someone attempted to conceal the truck with a blanket, duct tape and natural vegetation from the area. The bodies had been in the driver's seat and front passe...

    >>

    WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - The bodies of a man and woman have been found in a pickup truck near a Washington highway. KCPQ-TV reported Wednesday that the Chelan County Sheriff's Office says it appears someone had been trying to conceal the vehicle. The deputy who went to the call had said someone attempted to conceal the truck with a blanket, duct tape and natural vegetation from the area. The bodies had been in the driver's seat and front passe...

    >>
  • Woman's warning after she says a stranger followed her home

    Woman's warning after she says a stranger followed her home

    Thursday, May 25 2017 9:04 PM EDT2017-05-26 01:04:30 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - One Spokane woman wants to warn people to be careful when they’re out by themselves after she says she had a run-in with a strange man. “He made the hairs on my neck stand up. He gave me a weird feeling,” she says. She didn’t want to be identified because she’s still afraid. She was out walking her dog near 55th and Freya when a man suddenly appeared very close to her “I looked up and he was right there,” she 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - One Spokane woman wants to warn people to be careful when they’re out by themselves after she says she had a run-in with a strange man. “He made the hairs on my neck stand up. He gave me a weird feeling,” she says. She didn’t want to be identified because she’s still afraid. She was out walking her dog near 55th and Freya when a man suddenly appeared very close to her “I looked up and he was right there,” she 

    >>
  • Young inventor from Post Falls appears on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'

    Young inventor from Post Falls appears on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'

    Thursday, May 25 2017 9:16 PM EDT2017-05-26 01:16:56 GMT
    Courtesy Ellen TVCourtesy Ellen TV

    POST FALLS, Idaho - A young inventor by the name of Alex Knoll made his big debut on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Thursday. 12-year-old Alex is from Post Falls, Idaho and is the creator of an award-winning app. He developed Ability App to help improve the lives of those with disabilities by giving them resources to make informed decisions. On the talk show, Alex shared with Ellen stories of his hero and background on the app. Alex is 

    >>

    POST FALLS, Idaho - A young inventor by the name of Alex Knoll made his big debut on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Thursday. 12-year-old Alex is from Post Falls, Idaho and is the creator of an award-winning app. He developed Ability App to help improve the lives of those with disabilities by giving them resources to make informed decisions. On the talk show, Alex shared with Ellen stories of his hero and background on the app. Alex is 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/