Nathan John Briggeman

Oct 29, 1981 – Dec 27, 2014

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Nathan John Briggeman


After a brave and noble battle with cancer, Nathan passed peacefully surrounded by his family and friends on the evening of December 27.  He lived full of life in his 33 years on this earth and is now with his Father in heaven.  To know “Nat” was to love him and to be blessed by one’s relationship with him. Nathan was a devoted husband, loving brother, special son and caring friend. He had a wonderful sense of humor, endearing laugh and a special connection with young people.  Nathan was born in Indianapolis on October 29, 1981, and grew up in the Indianapolis area. He graduated from Cathedral High School in 2000. He attended IUPUI and graduated with a degree from Purdue in Graphics Technology, specializing in Animation.  In 2009 he moved to Seattle, Washington, where he met his wife to be, Stephanie Mangum.  Nathan and Stephanie were married on September 28, 2012, and shared a condo in Edmonds, Washington, with their dogs Eva and Lexi, while they made plans to begin a family.  While in Seattle, Nathan was employed by the Sherwin-Williams Company as manager of one of its local stores.  Nathan also joined the Masons while in Seattle, and he recently became a permanent lifetime member of Occidental Lodge No. 72 there thanks to the generosity of his special group of friends at that organization. From his youngest years, Nat developed a special interest in art and the drawing of original science fiction and fantasy characters, which he maintained for a lifetime. To view some of Nathan’s art work you can visit his Facebook page or go to

Nathan is survived by his loving wife Stephanie Briggeman, who is the daughter of Derrell and Carol Mangum of Federal Way, Washington. Nathan is the son of Sher Zimmer (husband Mike Zimmer) of Carmel, IN and Fred Briggeman (wife Denise Briggeman) of Brownsburg, IN.  Nathan’s sisters are Lauren and Hailey Briggeman, and his brothers are Jason and Isaac Briggeman.  Nat was pre-deceased by his grandparents Jim and Betty Crane, of Carmel, and Don and Joanne Briggeman, of Fort Wayne.

Services will be held in Indianapolis at St. Michael Church at 3354 West 30th St., Indianapolis, on Tuesday, January 13.  Visitation will be held beginning at 8:30am with Mass at 10:30am.   A celebration of Nathan’s life will also be held in Seattle at the Ballard Masonic Center on the evening of Friday, January 23.  Friends are also invited to visit Nathan’s on-line obituary at  In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that donations be made to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle or the Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association in Nathan’s name.



Sarah "Dufek" Schoemaker
indianapolis, IN
Jan 13, 2015


There are no words, but as Dr. Greer would say, May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

The rains fall soft upon your fields and,

Until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

With all my love,


Derrell Mangum
Federal Way, WA
Jan 12, 2015


My Son. I love you and miss you greatly. You picked a good wife and she, in turn, picked a great husband.

God Be With You 'Till We Meet Again!!

Debbie Kukla
Carmel, IN
Jan 10, 2015

I was heartbroken to hear of Nate’s passing. I have so many fond memories of him growing up as the ‘sandwich’ child between Jason and Lauren, his high school days at Cathedral, and his always-pleasant help when he worked at Sherwin Williams. Our home needed a complete redo before we put it up for sale, and Nate was there helping me select the right colors and the correct amount to purchase. I came in to the store at least 20 times before the entire paint project was over, and not once did Nate ever grow weary of my indecision! He had a smile on his face that would light up the northern hemisphere and he talked to me like a contemporary, not someone who could be his grandmother.

Most of all, he entertained me with his delightful sense of humor, his unique perspective of life, and his marvelous smile. Nate was a special young man and I was sure he was going to invent something or start his own business or become a famous actor! Even when he moved away, I thought of him every time I drove past the Sherwin Williams store, wondering what path he took and what he was feeding his creative mind. I never had the chance to meet his wife, but I am sure she is someone very special, partly because Nate would never settle for anything less, and partly because life was richer and more fun for everyone whose life he touched. My sincere thoughts and prayers go out to Sher, Jason, Lauren, Fred, and Nate’s wife and her family.

Ryan William Faulk
Indianapolis, IN
Jan 9, 2015

Thoughts and Prayers from the Faulk family

Chuck Fippen
Plainfield, In
Jan 8, 2015

Many thoughts and prayers to the Briggeman family. God Bless

Bryce Compton
Kirkland, WA
Jan 6, 2015

I worked with Nathan and got to know very well over the years. I remember where I was when I heard Nathan was diagnosed with cancer. It was truly a sobering moment. After getting to talk to him about it, I was reminded exactly who it was I was speaking with. Nothing was going to stop him, Nathans bravery and positive outlook is something I can only hope to have one day. As I’m sure many people are aware, Nathan had this incredible ability to bring laughter to any situation. I'm not even sure you can call it a positive attitude because it felt like so much more than that. Nathan didn't have to try to make people happy, he just did by simply being Nathan. It was a privilege to have gotten to know him. You will be truly missed my friend.

Akia Haynes
Indianapolis, IN
Jan 6, 2015


The world has truly lost a kind and compassionate soul. Your uncanny ability to make people laugh and smile despite all circumstances will truly be missed. I'll never forget the great times we shared in high school, especially those in theatre or simply in front of our lockers, discussing whatever crossed our minds. You will be missed.

Goodbye friend,


Deborah Mangum
Pleasant Grove, Ut
Jan 6, 2015

I am so sorry about his passing. He was a wonderful husband and companion for you, Stephanie. My heart go our to you, Stephanie, your parents and Nathan's family. What a wonderful legacy he left. He will be missed by all! Much love to both families and my prayers are with you at this time!!

Nicole Brammer Hubbard
Toledo, OH
Jan 5, 2015

I am so sad to hear the news of his passing. I enjoyed plenty of laughter and good moments with him during high school, especially in Organic Chemistry. I cannot believe that he left this world so young. My sincere thoughts are with the family of him as they deal with this time of life lost to young.

Love always, Nikki

Gail Ridder
Indianapolis, IN
Jan 5, 2015

So sorry Sher! Continued prayers for you & your family

Molly McIver
Carmel, IN
Jan 5, 2015

Sher - I'm so very sorry for your loss. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Corrine Walter
Avon, IN
Jan 5, 2015

Sher - I'm so sorry for your loss and the loss to your entire extended family. May your memories be filled with love and time together with your son and family. God Bless.

Sandra Costley
Indianapolis, IN
Jan 5, 2015

My thoughts and prayer with you and your family. I remember from years ago the love and joy you had for your son! Hugs to you.

Kelleigh Martin
Indianapolis, IN
Jan 5, 2015

Sher, I'm keeping you in prayer, my friend. I pray for peace for all of you. It's lovely to read all the wonderful things about Nat and see his drawings. Thank you for sharing.

Michael Chamberlain
Carmel, IN
Jan 5, 2015

Although I did not get a chance to meet you,if you were anything like your mother you were a great person. Rest In Peace.

Stephen L Lowe
Seattle , WA
Jan 4, 2015

RIP My brother you are, and will be missed.

Tina Bryant
Myrtle Beach, SC
Jan 4, 2015

Sending love and light to the family and friends hurting from Nathan's passing. Sher, you're in my heart and mind. Blessings to you all!

Stephanie Krespach
Indianapolis, IN
Jan 4, 2015

I was blessed enough to know Nathan in High School. He was a special light that was taken from the earth way to early, but I know he is in a better place and his suffering has ended.

Prayers and thoughts to his surviving family and friends.

Kellie Mangum Pedersen
kaysville, ut
Jan 4, 2015

Thinking of you all,especially Stephanie! Families are eternal! I'm sorry for your loss. you will be in our prayers and thoughts! Nathan sounds like he was a wonderful person!

I'm glad we got to know a little about him. with our love

Mark and Kellie Ppedersen and family

Tom and Mary Bickimer
Lenexa, Ks
Jan 4, 2015

Fred and Denise:

Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow. We hope you find some comfort in knowing Nat has been united with his grandparents and surrounded in the loving embrace of our Lord and Father.

With deepest sympathies,

Tom and Mary

Deena Shepard
indianapolis, in
Jan 4, 2015

my thoughts & prayers are with all of Nat's loved ones.

Cathrine Morrison
Seattle, WA
Jan 3, 2015

While the linear time I spent with Nathan was short. We agreed our relationship was that of a brother and sister. We laughed every day together when I worked with him. And when he left on leave we saw each other often for breakfast, coffee, movies, or baking cookies. I loved Nathan like an older brother. I'll miss him every day.

Carol Mangum
Federal Way, Wa
Jan 3, 2015

'They' say the good die young. I now know that this is true. I miss you Nathan.

Brittany Waters
clermont, fl
Jan 3, 2015

Thinking of you all. I'm so sorry to hear about Nathan losing his battle with cancer. He fought so hard!

Kristina ghramm
Bonney lake , Wa
Jan 3, 2015

I wish I had met Nathan. He sounds like he was a wonderful husband and a beautiful person. I am so sorry for the loss. Stephanie, my heart hurts for you. I love you.

Michele Unruh
bonney lake , wa
Jan 3, 2015

thinking of you Steph and Nathan's family.

Too soon!

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