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Specialist Kyle Andrew Coumas

Died serving his country

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POSTED November 3, 2009 3:59 a.m.

Specialist Kyle Andrew Coumas, 22, of Lockeford, and Ft. Lewis, WA, died of injuries sustained on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 in Afghanistan. Born on August 24, 1987 in Tracy, he was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Stockton Class of 2005 where he was a member of the Chess Club and the Concert Band.

His earliest act of service began in 2003 when our family sponsored a platoon serving in Iraq. Kyle would pass out flyers in our neighborhood asking family, friends, neighbors and local businesses to help “support our troops”. He was a member of the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5 th

Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division in Ft. Lewis, WA.  He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.  Kyle was a man who believed that serving his country, being a part of a greater whole and being dedicated to preserving our nation’s freedom was the most honorable job a person could have.  His selfless duty to his country came as little surprise to those who knew him. Kyle will always be remembered as a soldier who served with honor, dignity and pride. We are blessed to have been his parents for 22 years and will always love him; our only child, with all our hearts!  

We are especially thankful at this time that our son, SPC Kyle Coumas, will be escorted home to his family by lifelong friend, Lance Corporal Joseph Gonzales.

Kyle is survived by his parents Lori and Greg Coumas of Lockeford.  He is the grandson of Robert and Doris Delarm of Manteca and Janet Coumas of Lodi, nephew of Paul and Kathy Ackerman, Michael Delarm and John (Jerry) Delarm, and cousin of Jackie, Jamie, Michael, John, Robert and Rudy Delarm.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Century Assembly, 550 W. Century Blvd, Lodi, with Pastor Dale Edwards officiating. Captain Bruce Corum and Max Carroll assisted the family.  Memorial contributions to the Army emergency relief-www.aerhq.org , or www.homesforourtroops.org or USO-www.uso.org/donate are preferred.  Private committal in the Sandoz-Fuchs Family Cemetery, Wilseyville, CA.  Please sign our online guest book at www.cherokeememorial.com.

Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009
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