Sunday, September 9, 2012

SSG Kevin Hartbarger, United States Army, Ret.

Kevin Hartbarger was born  November 24, 1965 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and passed away August 2, 2012, at the age of 46.

Kevin proudly served his country in the United States Army and served in the Gulf War.  He was medically retired in 2008 and received numerous medals and awards during his 17 year career.

After his retirement, he was a member of the American Legion and served as
 Post Commander of Post 573.

An inurnment service was held on August 7 at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, Texas.  In attendance were the Patriot Guard Riders who formed a line of American flags around the committal shelter during the service.

A Catholic Priest performed the rite of committal and led the family in the Lord's Prayer.  The United States Army Honor Guard rendered full military honors.  The detail of seven rifles fired three volleys of fire.  The Army bugler, standing in the shade of the live oak trees, played taps.

The American flag that had rested next to the urn, was carefully unfolded and refolded into the traditional triangle, passed to a Non-Commissioned, and then presented to Kevin's dear wife, Barbra, on behalf of a grateful nation and the United States Army as a token of appreciation for Kevin's honorable and faithful service.

The urn containing the cremains of SSG Kevin Hartbarger was placed, by Barbra, into a niche of the columbarium wall and sealed for all of time.  The American flag at the top of the hill above was flying at half-staff in his honor.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, two daughters, his mother, a sister, two brothers and numerous other dear family and friends.

The family has suggested that memorials be made to the Wounded Warrier Project.

With thanks to Killeen Daily Herald for biographical information.

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