TSgt. Seth M. Stambaugh

Born in Nashville, TN on September 8, 1987

Departed on December 7, 2019 and resided in Greenrbrier, TN

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Technical Sergeant Seth Micah Stambaugh, age 32 of Greenbrier, passed away on December 7, 2019 in Nashville, surrounded by his family.

Seth was born on September 8, 1987 to David and Emily Stambaugh. He excelled in many activities as a child and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 8 years old and was baptized by Brother Fred Baldwin at Greenbrier First Baptist Church. Seth loved being active not only in his church but in other organizations including Boy Scouts where he rose to the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Gateway Christian School in 2005 and on May 16, 2006 he started his career in the United States Air Force. After basic training Seth was stationed at Tyndall Air Fore Base in Panama City, Florida. He truly believed and stood for the U.S Air Force Core Values—Integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. This, his attention to detail, and his willingness to persevere set him up for a successful career as a Contracting Officer but also as a spokesperson for his department.

In April of 2008, Seth met Ms. Morgann Van Kley in Panama City Beach and it wasn’t long before Seth knew he had found the one God meant for him. They were engaged in July of 2009 and to this day Seth would tell you they were the perfect match and she was his best friend. They married on February 13, 2010 and a year later moved to Lakenheath, England. Seth loved England between The Lake District and being so close to Manchester United F.C. of Old Trafford, it was a dream come true. Their time in England had amazing opportunities including Seth being chosen as one of many airmen that helped unfurl the American Flag during an NFL game and traveling to places like Amsterdam, Rome and the many places in Germany.

After four years in England Seth and Morgann were transferred to Anchorage, Alaska. They were sad to leave the beautiful country and their many friends, but they knew that was the way of life in the military. The military brought many adventures but the best started on September 17, 2017, when William Glenn Stambaugh was born. Seth was ecstatic about becoming a father and it wasn’t long after Will was born that everyone knew Seth was firmly wrapped around his son’s finger. The old saying “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” was definitely true when it came to this father and son duo.

Seth’s ultimate goal was to move back to Tennessee after his 20-year career in the military. He loved his state and was an avid supporter of local goods made not only in the United States but also in Tennessee. Seth loved not just one Tennessee College or team but all of them. His collection of Tennessee attire was worn proudly around the world.

Seth will be remembered as a loving husband, father, son, brother and Airman.

Seth is preceded in death by his grandparents, Glenn & Barbara Stambaugh and Bob Wallace; mother-in-law, Pamela Van Kley; sister-in-law, Mallory Van Kley; grandparents-in-law, Arthur & Alice Van Kley.
He is survived by his beloved wife of almost 10 years, Morgann Van Kley Stambaugh; son, William Glenn Stambaugh; parents, David & Emily Stambaugh; siblings, Caleb (Brianne) Stambaugh and Sarah Stambaugh; father-in-law, William Van Kley; mother-in-law, Eve Van Kley; sister-in-law, Olivia Van Kley; brother-in-law, Austin Van Kley; grandparents, Judy Stambaugh and Margie Wallace; grandparents-in-law, Donny & Isabel Smith and Karen Hatter, along with a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A Life Celebration will be held on Saturday, December 14th from 1-4pm at Greenbrier First Baptist Church 2518 Highway 41 South, Greenbrier, TN 37073. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to William Stambaugh College Education c/o Morgann Stambaugh at Bank of America in Springfield or Air Force Aid Society at www.afas.org.

Full Military Honors will be conducted in a private family ceremony at Springfield Memorial Gardens.

These arrangements were entrusted to Springfield Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home and Cremation Center 4005 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172 615-384-5437 www.SpringfieldFH.com.

48 Comments to TSgt TSgt. Seth M. Stambaugh

  1. Chief (r) Dwight and Alfe Tucker says:

    Morgann, you and the entire family are in my/our prayers. The Tuckers are truly blessed to have known Seth and consider you all a part of our military family. We will continue to pray for strength, comfort, and peace for you all. Love Chief Tucker and Alfe ❤️

  2. Larry & Terry Postma says:


    We are praying for you and Will. Trusting in our Lord and saviour, to give you strength and courage to walk daily with him. Lifting you up in prayer to Jesus for continued healing and peace.
    Love, Larry & Terry Postma

  3. Julie and Cris Pennock says:

    I will always remember Seth, especially for his great attitude, friendliness, and his sense of humor. So nice I arrived at Lakenheath I felt welcome through the generous and kind nature of the Stambaughs. I appreciate that you both inviting me out, I always had such fun. It was great having a ‘Tennessee Cousin’. I will always remember the great time we had at the London Olympics when Seth volunteered at the USA house and was nice enough to invite me along with Morgann. It was such a great experience that would not have happened without Seth and Morgann. I am so sad that I cannot make the service as i am out of the country. Just know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Patricia Davies says:

    Seth was such an amazing person. As a lover of music I thank him for introducing me to artists that I also love. His smile was contagious and so is your son’s. I am devastated by this loss to our humanity but know hos spirit resonates in all of us who met him. I love Seth as one of my sons and have always been blessed by his presence on earth. I now find comfort knowing that he will be there to greet me in the afterlife. Please please please let me know if you ever need help from here on out. It will be a blessing to serce you and your beautiful son in your healing.

  5. Larry Radel says:

    Though I never had the opportunity to meet Seth, I can tell by his obituary what a fine outstanding person and NCO he was. My deepest sympathy

  6. CMSgt Earl & Angel Wormley says:

    Seth was a extraordinary shining light in so many of our lives. Especially, amongst his friends in the Mission Support Group Staff, Contracting Squadron and the hundreds of Airmen he work with across the base. I saw firsthand, how he inspired me and others by sharing his life’s lessons. He epitomized the very best in the Air Force Core Values. He was wise beyond his years with genuine compassion and generosity for everyone. We are truly blessed to have known such wonderful man.

    Morgann, Just know my family and I are continuously praying for god’s grace/comfort for you, Will, and your entire family.

  7. Maj Tieu Myers says:

    Seth was an outstanding American and Airmen. He loved his country, family, friends and our mission. He was the person you want on your team. Seth will truly be missed but Morgan please know we will always be here for you.

  8. Claire Hammond says:

    Seth was one of the funniest, most genuine and fun guy I’ve met since being at Lakenheath. His weekly emails from the “tip of the spear” always kept us laughing. I am so grateful to have known Seth and the memories made while travelling around Iceland. Thoughts and prayers with Morgann, William and the family at this time x

  9. CMSgt Roberto Carreno says:

    Seth was a great Airmen, but above all he was a great human being. I can’t remember a day that he was not smiling. He was definitely a positive role model for us all and will be missed, but will not be forgotten. Sending our prays to Morgann and the family.

  10. SMSgt Philip Davis says:

    Seth was a phenomenal NCO and always brought, and inspired positivity wherever he went. I’m not sure he was capable of thinking negatively about people. His charm and ability to unite made him an indispensable member of any team. If every squadron had a Seth in it’s ranks, the morale across the AF would be at an all time high. He was truly a good, decent and morally upright man and will be missed.

  11. Sandi Post says:

    My heartfelt condolences and love to you, Morgann. May you feel the prayers of His people during this very difficult time. May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

  12. Asim Siddiqui says:

    I can’t believe this . The world feels empty as this great soul is not among us! I am going to miss this great Airman with smile and a can do attitude. Morgan I am standing by if you need anything.

  13. Jen Lash says:

    There will never be the right words to bring comfort during this time of shock and sorrow. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. My God’s grace shine on you.

  14. MSgt Casey Hamann says:

    Seth was an outstanding Airman and an even better person. He was one of the funniest guys I’ve known and completely genuine. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  15. Paul Haynicz says:

    It is rare to know someone as kind, with a heart that genuinely serves others before their own, yielding endless humor. It was an honor to serve along side Seth, however brief, and to witness the love he has for his wife and country. Seth will always be remembered for his positive attitude and leadership. To his family, the warmest wishes for healing.

  16. SMSgt (Ret) Noel Ramirez says:

    Even though Seth and I never crossed paths, he was a brother in arms.

    May God put his healing hands on the entire family during this difficult time.

  17. Darian Vomund says:

    Seth was the most generous and genuine person I’ve ever met. His love of life came through in his sense of humour and his ability to put people at ease. He kept us all laughing in the 48th CONS at Lakenheath. Morgann and William my heart breaks for you both. Please know you both are in our thoughts and prayers.

  18. Esther Hamilton says:

    It’s impossible to think of Seth without a smile on your face. He was genuinely one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. He is the one that introduced me to the Lake District and to this day it’s one of our favorite places in the world. I’m thankful I get to share that with him. Morgann and Will, I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you know you have a community around the world that supports and mourns with you. Rest In Peace Seth.

  19. Julia Lagace says:

    Morgann and William, please know that your family has God’s arms wrapped around you during this time of immense grief. Seth will never be forgotten and will live on in the likeness of his dear son William and in the many loving memories you have of him. I only knew Seth for a short time while I was at RAF Lakenheath, yet I remember him so well. He left a caring and kind, lasting impression on those he met. He will be forever mourned. We are praying for your family daily. May God give you strength as you lay Seth to rest on the 14th. Sending so much love and many hugs from the Lagace clan (Julia, Luke, Merrick & Isaac)

  20. Jayme Skinner says:

    Seth was truly loved by all. I always enjoyed when he would come in the office as he was truly the nicest guy to work with, humble, and just a pleasure to be around. He loved coming in the office to talk sports with Damian and was just the most positive person that I don’t think I even heard him talk badly about another sports team. I know he loved his family more than anything and I pray they continue to feel his love until they are reunited again. God bless you Morgann. I wish I had better words to say, but know you’re in our thoughts and prayers. x

  21. Schaffstein Family says:

    Seth was one of the nicest people I think I have ever met. He and Morgann were always so friendly and welcoming. Sending prayers and thoughts of love to the family.

  22. Brandee Collins says:

    Sarah I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll be praying for you and your family.

  23. Merrie Etta Stowers says:

    Morgann, I am so very, very sorry. Did not know Seth, other than through Eve’s emails. The eulogies speak very well of him. You have been blessed by him. Prayers for you<will and Seth's family. I asked for prayer last week at Brushwood. Whoever, wrote the obit did a marvelous job very informative as to his personality.

  24. Carl and Judy Shannon says:

    Dave and Emily,
    We are so sorry for your loss. You and all the family are in our thoughts.
    Carl and Judy Shannon

  25. Chris Rodic says:

    Seth what can I say. It was truly an honour to have worked along side you at 48 Cons at RAF Lakenheath. You always had a smile in your face and I will always remember our chats. Just thinking about you puts a smile on my face. You will forever be in my thoughts. Words just can’t describe what a truly genuine lovely guy you are. My thoughts are with all your family and friends

  26. CMSgt (ret) Robinson Joseph says:

    What a great spirit Seth exhibited the few times we crossed path. Every time I visited England he was always the one that acted like we spoke daily and was anxious to meet again.The AF lost a fine Wingman. My deepest condolences to Morgann and the Stambaugh family.

  27. Ron Baker says:

    What an amazing friend to everyone, husband to Morgann, father to Will, and NCO. I never remember a single time I saw him without that wonderful, cheerful, and caring smile on his face. If you were having a bad day just being around Seth would turn it around immediately. What a tradegy to lose someone like Seth but I will always think of him as another Angel watching over us and there is no doubt in my mind that I’ll see him again with that same wonderful smile on his face. Morgann please next time you’re in Panama City I would like to see you and meet Will. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Please let me know if you need anything and that’s coming from my heart.

  28. Carolyn Roxburgh says:

    Seth was so welcoming and kind when I joined 48 CONS. His warmth, humour and spirit made him a pleasure to be around. What a terrible loss. My deepest sympathy to his family. He will certainly be remembered.

  29. Nicole Utley says:

    I will always remember Seth as one of the sweetest and most genuine people I have ever met. His hilarious sense of humor and that devilish little smirk 😏. I will be forever grateful for having known him. Truly a great guy… Morgan, my love thoughts and prayers go out to you, little William and the rest of your family. I pray the Lord comforts your hearts and brings you peace… ❤️

  30. Major(ret) Omelia Saunders says:

    There are no words to express such a painful loss. Seth was a wonderful person to know. Morgann, Will, and the family of Seth, may God comfort you at this difficult time. Praying for your peace!

  31. Major (Retired) Omelia Saunders says:

    There are no words to express such a painful loss. Seth was a wonderful person to know. Morgann, Will, and the family of Seth, may God comfort you at this difficult time. Praying for your peace!

  32. Donald Neill (CSM) retired says:

    Our prayers, and heartfelt thanks for his service.

  33. Mary Smith says:

    Oh Morgan, I am shocked, saddened and so unbelievably sorry at seeing this terrible news about Seth. My Love and Prayers are with you and Will and all who loved and cared about Seth. I am so, so sorry… I Love you! ❤🙏

    • D. L. Wallace family says:

      The D.L. Wallace family is so sorry for your lost. There are no words to help in a time like this, but Heaven is much brighter today with Seth there. Just think of all the family he has there and I am sure they was on the welcome committee, front row and center. Hugs and kisses to all.

  34. Polly MacDougall says:

    Morgan my heart and prayers go out to you and family. I am so sorry for your loss. May God help you through.

  35. Maj Joe Adams says:

    What a wonderful person. Seth’s clever whit, warm smile, and caring heart will truly be missed by everyone that knew him. He was a model Airmen—someone that inspired trust and made people around him better—and I’m sure an even better husband and father. I’m blessed to have known and worked with him, and I’ll remember him and his example always.

    Morgann, you and your families will continue to be in our daily thoughts and prayers for solace and peace.

  36. James Graham says:

    Seth, I don’t know what exactly to say. Everyone knows how charismatic you are or how much of a good spirit you have. Whether it was knowing I had a birthday and coming over with Morgann with a cake to have a mini celebration with me, organizing a laser tag and movie night, sharing good music, or a love for disc golf. Although I haven’t seen you in years, the connection we made still makes this difficult but I am glad you are now in a great place (probably singing Rocky Top).

  37. Alexandria Pozdoll says:

    I’m so sad to hear of this news. Seth was always so kind. Every single time we would work together on Medical Contracts, it didnt feel like work. It felt like family. My heart hurts especially for his family.

  38. The Landry Family says:

    Seth was one of the nicest people ever. You guys are in our thoughts and prayers. If you need anything please don’t hesitate to let us know. We love you guys❤️❤️

  39. Cherry Roberts says:

    Seth was a delightful young man with good heart and disposition. I’m sure he will be missed by many. The world could use more people like Seth. His cubicle was next to mine for a season in the Contracting Office at Tyndall AFB, Panama City Florida. I pray blessings to the family as you reflect on all your wonderful memories of Seth.

  40. Kyle and Laura Lauricella says:

    Seth was an amazing person. He could light up a room with his humor. There is a video of Seth on Brad Nicholson’s Facebook page that I watch every now and then when I am missing the Tyndall crew. Seth is doing his one man performance of Col. Terry for the Christmas party. Even though Nicholson has also left us too soon, the video is still accessable. Seth was such a ham and yet humble. We were blessed to know him. Your family will remain in our prayers.

  41. Brian Stricker says:

    What a positive person. I was truly blessed to have him join the 325th Contracting family, when I was the Superintendent. Seth had such a contagious smile; he could always raise the spirit of everyone around him. He will be truly missed. Your family is in our prayers.

  42. Beth Bewick says:

    My heart breaks for you, Little Will, and the rest of the Stambaugh family! Although I only had a chance to meet Seth once, at Jenny and Brent’s wedding, (due to distance) I can see from the messages left here, that he was an extraordinary person, and a great blessing to our family! I have been praying for him, and you all, since hearing of his illness, and will continue to do so in his tragic loss. I prayed, also that he he had taken Jesus to be his Savior and am heartened to know that he had, and was such a man of faith, and integrity. I hope that knowledge will be a comfort to you, and will strengthen you and your faith. My deepest condolences to you in this time of sadness. God Bless!

  43. Mary Helen Dent says:

    My first day at 325 CONS this tall, smiling man welcomed me to the construction team. Seth’s smile got larger when he learned I am from Clarksville, TN and we had a 615 connection.
    Each day when I arrived I was greeted with that same smile. Always a smile.
    The world needs more people like Seth and I am so very sorry to the family for their loss.

  44. Damian and Lucy says:

    Still struggling to process the news. From the minute Seth arrived at lakenheath i gravitated to him, how could I not like this fun, funny, intellectual guy who was a music enthusiast and embraced all things British. Seth lit up whatever room he came into and his energy made him so fun to be around. I still wear my tennessee hat and think of him and his old iPod is still playing wherever I work. We’ve missed him since he went back to the States and now we’ll be missing him longer. His light still shines in our memories and will continue to shine through his family.

  45. Jessica Cleveland Thoms says:

    Morgann and family, I’m so devastated that you all are having to go through this. Seth was by far one of the funniest, kindest, and most interesting people I’ve ever known. He always had the scoop on the greatest Tennessee gear and always had multiple answers and ideas for me when I wanted to start buying local products that gave back to our state. I cannot even fathom why this has turned out the way it has, but I know that I, like so many others, want to be just like him and leave the same kind of legacy that he did– kind, selfless, devoted, and just a genuinely good spirit. I’m keeping the memorial tristar flag on my desk at work, and every time I see it over the days, weeks, and months ahead, I will pray for you and the sweet Stambaugh family. The Clevelands and Thomses love you all, and we’re brokenhearted. May Jesus give you a peace that only He can provide when nothing else helps or makes sense. We WILL see Seth again.

  46. Travis Fritts says:

    Brother Seth, You are missed. Like everyone else, I’ll always remember you for your smile and your wonderful sense of humor. You remain a bright spot in my life and have a permanent residence in my heart. Thanks for the laughter and great times; 325 CONS was more than a workplace, it was a “home” because of your antics! I still chuckle at the “unoffical” squadron motto you coined: “Writin’ Checks and Snappin’ Necks!” I am deeply saddened by your passing, but the smile returns quickly when I think of our time together. Thanks for being you. You are a treasure. Godspeed, sir.

    Stambaugh Family: Seth is one of the finest human beings I have ever known. I don’t have the words to express the pain I feel for what you have to endure in Seth’s departure. Please know that we absolutely LOVED him at Tyndall. He touched more hearts than you can possibly imagine. Thank you for sharing Seth with us.

  47. Laurel says:

    Morgan, we have been in DeMotte for 22 years. We love Eve and Austin and know is was a very sad time, God loves his family and wants to know he loves them.

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