Thursday, May 03, 2007

David Kirkpatrick remembered

MATTHEWS — In loving memory of Pfc. David Austin Kirkpatrick, beloved grandson of Austin and Norma Staines, Anderson, who was killed during active duty in Iraq while serving as a light vehicle mechanic with the U.S. Army 5-7th Cavalry 3rd Infantry Division based out of Fort Stewart, Ga. on Friday as a result of injuries suffered while manning the machine gun of a Humvee that was a target of an improvised explosive device.

Born Feb. 1, 1987, in Muncie, he was a 2006 graduate of Eastbrook High School. He also attended Tucker Career & Technology Center taking classes in automotive.

Pfc. Kirkpatrick lived out his lifelong goal of serving his country in the Army. As a student, his favorite classroom was outside, the woods, exploring and enjoying the adventure of discovery. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and was affectionately called “Petey Jon” during his younger years.

Survivors include his parents, Kenny and Rhonda (Staines) Kirkpatrick; four sisters, Carrie of Greenwood, Jennie of Anderson, Nettie (Jason) Greulich of Indianapolis, and Emily, at home; maternal grandparents, Austin (Norma) Staines of Anderson; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Louie and Mary Scott, and Walter (Dorothy) Kirkpatrick; maternal grandmother, Betty Staines; and maternal great-grandmother, Margaret Curts.

From the Herald Bulletin

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