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.
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.”