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Family, friends of Staff Sgt. Rex L. Schad say goodbye to Edmond soldier

Staff Sgt. Rex L. Schad, 26, of Edmond, died March 11 in Afghanistan. His funeral was held Thursday at LifeChurch in Edmond.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Published: March 22, 2013

/articleid/3768243/1/pictures/1987478">Photo - 1st Lt. David C. Swanson of Yukon shares personal remembrances of Rex Scad, as a fellow soldier and as a friend. Celebration of Life service  for US Army SSgt. Rex L. Schad at LifeChurch.tv in Edmond Thursday afternoon,  March 21, 2013.  Schad was killed earlier this month while conducting a patrol brief with the Afghanistan National Police.  He is a 2005 graduate of Edmond Memorial High School.    Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
1st Lt. David C. Swanson of Yukon shares personal remembrances of Rex Scad, as a fellow soldier and as a friend. Celebration of Life service for US Army SSgt. Rex L. Schad at LifeChurch.tv in Edmond Thursday afternoon, March 21, 2013. Schad was killed earlier this month while conducting a patrol brief with the Afghanistan National Police. He is a 2005 graduate of Edmond Memorial High School. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

Remembered

as carefree

Several friends and family members who spoke at Schad's funeral Thursday earned laughs from those in attendance as they told stories about him.

His uncle, Peter Whipple, said the service was appropriate for a lighthearted young man.

“I don't think he'd want us to be sad, sober and too weak today,” Whipple said. “He'd want us to celebrate his life.”

Schad's fiancee, Ana Sabrina Carmona, read some of the vows she never got to say to Schad. They planned on marrying after he returned.

After the service, Schad's family members were presented with several of the honors he earned in Afghanistan, including the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Army Commendation Medal with Valor.

Military family

Family friend George Johnson said Schad understood what it meant to serve. He came from a military family and took the idea of serving his country seriously. He knew he might have to give his life for his country.

“We talk about sacrifice a lot in this world today,” Johnson said. “But what we don't talk about is the patriotism it takes to make the ultimate sacrifice.”

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