Archive for Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Services planned for Leavenworth man killed Oct. 17 in Baghdad

October 25, 2006

Funeral services for a Leavenworth soldier who was killed last week in Iraq have been scheduled.

In a news release last week, the Department of Defense said Cpl. David M. Unger, 21, died Oct. 17 from injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Baghdad. Unger was one of four soldiers killed in the incident.

The others killed were: 2nd Lt. Christopher E. Loudon, 23, of Brockport, Pa.; Cpl. Russell G. Culbertson III, 22, of Amity, Pa.; and Spc. Joseph C. Dumas Jr., 25, of New Orleans.

The soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Services for Cpl. Unger will be at 10 a.m. Friday, October 27, 2006, at the Fort Leavenworth Main Post Chapel. Please prepare to arrive early with identification for the front gate security check. Burial with full military honors will follow in the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.

A visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 26, 2006, at the Leavenworth High School gymnasium. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Funeral Chapel.

Cpl. Unger was born Oct. 31, 1984, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Diana L. Daniel and Matthew E. Unger. He married Laura K. Ott on Feb. 14, 2004, in Lampasas County, Texas.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army on Aug. 21, 2003, after graduating from Leavenworth High School. He was raised in the Leavenworth area and had attended West Middle School and David Brewer Elementary. At 13, he began working at the Main Post Chapel on Fort Leavenworth.

Survivors include his wife of the home; his son, Gage M. Unger; his father, Matthew E. Unger, Lansing; his mother and stepfather, Diana L. and Scott Pitts, Easton; his brothers, Jeremy Unger and Shane Unger; his sisters, Joani Unger and Sadie Pitts, all of Easton; his grandparents, Don and Kathie Echols, Easton, Tom Daniel, Sunrise Beach, Mo.; and Virginia and James Culicigno, St. Louis; and his great-grandparents, Pete and Gertrude Derezinski, Leavenworth.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the David Unger Memorial Fund, in care of Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Funeral Chapel, 500 Oak St., Leavenworth 66048, or in care of the Frontier Credit Union, 690 Eisenhower Road, Leavenworth 66048, attn: Jodi or Brenda.

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