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Woodbury soldier laid to rest

Funeral services for Spc. Dan Drevnick were July 25 at King of Kings Lutheran Church. - Staff photo by Amber Kispert

Spc. Dan Drevnick, of Woodbury, was laid to rest on Saturday July 25 when friends and family came out to say their goodbyes at the fallen soldiers' funeral at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Woodbury.

"We come here today with humble and grateful hearts," Pastor Timothy Hackbarth said. "Dan faced his life head on and fearless -- and he will forever be remembered."

Drevnick, 22, died on July 16 in Basra, Iraq, while serving as part of the

National Guard Red Bull 34th Infantry Division, when there unit was attacked by indirect fire.

Two other soldiers from Minnesota, Carlos E. Wilcox IV, 27, of Cottage Grove and James D. Wertish, 20, of Olivia, Minn, were also killed in the attack.

Many people came out to pay their respects to Drevnick, including friends, family, his comrades in the Army National Guard, the Patriot Guard Riders, the State Troopers, other military personnel and veterans, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Prior to the funeral services, a slideshow was shown that showcased who Drevnick was and the type of life that he lived.

During the funeral services, Hackbarth spoke of knowing that there is always light at the end of the tunnel, despite the darkness that the world may find itself in.

"In these dark moment like this when we struggle to see the light, God's light is there," he said. "The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness --is not overcome."

There was no eulogy during the funeral services.

Towards the end of the funeral services, Drevnick's family were given the many medals that he has received -- the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

Following the funeral, internment was held at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

"Dan met his call with that fearlessness that he lived his whole life," Hackbarth said.

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Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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