Nathan M. Higginbotham
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Nathan Micheal Higginbotham, 25, died tragically Sunday, January 31st while serving with the United States Army at Ft Wainwright, Alaska. Born and educated in Schenectady, Nathan was the son of William and Kimberley (Higginbotham) Vandenburg. A graduate of Schenectady High School, Nathan was an Iraq war veteran. He was a Sergeant with Troop B 5th Squadron 1st Cavalry 1st BCT at Ft. Wainwright, Alaska. SGT Higginbotham served in Lancer Platoon for over two years before moving to Headquarters. During his time in Lancer Platoon SGT Higginbotham served as a team leader and the platoon Javelin trainer. He deployed with the Platoon to NTC 15-03 and conducted numerous dismounted reconnaissance Operations in support of the Brigade. He took an active role in the Squadrons MACP and assisted in certifying over 100 Soldiers in Combative level 1 and 2. SGT Higginbotham was responsible for coordinating and running the Squadrons 2014 Combative tournament which had the largest Participation of all other tournaments before. As the Troop BOSS representative SGT Higginbotham boosted the morale of the single soldiers by always encouraging them to travel and take advantage of MWR trips. An avid football and Atlanta Falcon fan, Nathan was a volunteer at Northeast Parent and Child Society when home and a friend to everyone he met. He will be truly missed by the many people whose life he touched. Beside his Mom and Dad, Nathan is survived by his sisters, Amber Lei Simone of Scotia, Martia Marie Higginbotham and Ayesha Nicole Higginbotham both of Schenectady; step-sister, Jessica Vandenburg of Guilderland; step-brothers, Jason Vandenburg (Natasha) and Patrick Vandenburg (Stephanie) both of Rotterdam; his nieces, Scarlette Delorme, Zaniya Buess and Heaven Harrison; a nephew, Gerard Harrison; his aunt, Sherry Higginbotham of Schenectady; and cousins, Mckayla and Victoria. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 11 am at Bond Funeral Home, 1614 Guilderland Ave., Schenectady, NY. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday evening, February 10th from 5 to 8 pm. Interment with full military honors will be in Parkview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Nathan's memory to the Northeast Parent & Child Society, 530 Franklin Street, Schenectady, NY 12305. To leave online condolences for Nathan's family, please visit

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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Feb. 8, 2016.
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February 12, 2016
Although, I never met Nathan, he died a HERO, for my freedom and the freedom of all Americans. He gave the ultimate sacrifice, his life, so that America can remain safe and free. Whenever you see an American flag, just think, Nathan is a hero of the entire country. My condolences to his family and friends at this time of pain and disbelief. Your loss is the saddest loss, possible but you all are, also, to be thanked for your own sacrifice. Nathan is not only an angel but you all have the right to feel proud to have known a true hero!!! May God bless you all and watch over you forever!!!
Nancy Schreiber
February 10, 2016
Just want to give my condolences to Kim and the family. I am truly sorry for your loss. Nate is a good man who will be truly missed. Love you guys.
Joe Priddle
February 9, 2016
Kim, Bill, and Family,
I'm deeply saddened of the passing of Nate. Watching him grow from the young boy that I use to play catch with in your back yard, into a dedicated soldier who served his country with pride is a memory I will always cherish. RIP Nate...You will never be forgotten.
Len Smith
February 8, 2016
Nate you will surly be missed. My prayers our with your family. I know you are in a better place. RIP young sweet man.
February 8, 2016
My heart breaks for you. Thank you for your sacrifice and his.
Ginny McCann
February 8, 2016
Very sorry for your loss.
February 8, 2016
Thank you for your service Nathan Michael Higginbotham. Some gave all and all gave some. You Sir, gave it your all. My condolences to your friends and family.
February 8, 2016
America and your family lost a true American hero. My sincerest condolences
Edward Romanzo
February 8, 2016
My sincere thanks to Nathan and his family for what they have given up for our freedom. My sincere sympathy on the loss of your son and brother. He sounded like an extraordinary man and you should all be proud and find comfort in all that he gave and did in his short life. May your wonderful memories comfort you all and hold you tight. RIP Nathan
Barb V
February 8, 2016
In my thought and prayers
February 8, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. I will pray that you have strength to get through this. He will always live in your heart.
February 8, 2016
To all of Nathan's Family: We are very sorry for your loss.
Mike and Nancy McNulty & Family
February 8, 2016
There are no words that express the sorrow, pride and heartfelt gratitude of a fallen soldier. With deepest condolences to your family.
February 8, 2016
Thank you for your service. God bless your family.
February 5, 2016
I am very sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences. I am a volunteer and I wanted to share an encouraging thought from the Bible. It is found at Job chapter 14 verses 14 and 15.
February 5, 2016
It is with great sorrow that I read this morning of Nathan's tragic death. Although I do not know your family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
T. OMahony
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