Anchorage resident Adare William Cleveland, 20, died Feb. 19, 2007, in Baghdad.
A service, officiated by Stan Roach, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Anchorage Baptist Temple. Burial with military honors will be at 1:30 p.m. at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. The public is welcome to attend.
Adare was born Jan. 14, 1987, in Ontario, Ore. Adare became a resident of Anchorage in September of 2000. He attended school at West High School and Family Partnership, later joining the U.S. Army. He was employed at Carrs, Airline Support, Chilis Too, Thrifty Car Rental, and Qdoba during the period between 2001 and 2005.
Adare was affiliated with Ore-Ida Judo Club as a youth, Boy Scouts and the West High choir and band. He won awards for student of the month and military awards as well. He enjoyed country music and ranching.
A family member wrote: "Adare could be a real charmer. As a child, I used to take him to the airport to watch the planes and have a picnic. He had numerous friends, including some of the homeless. He wanted to join the Anchorage Police Department. His first motivation for wanting to join was to be able to drive the cars fast. When he decided on the Army, he chose the cavalry, as his great-grandfather and a favorite uncle had been cavalry."
Adare Cleveland is survived by his mother, Dianne Cleveland; father, William Simonds Jr.; grandmothers, Delores Palmer and Betty Simonds; sister, Maylyn Cleveland; aunt and uncle, Nikki and Lee Cleveland; surrogate mother, Esther Wehr; and numerous other aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Robbie Cleveland.
Memorial donations can be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250, or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 505 North Parkway, Memphis, TN 38105.
Local arrangements are with Witzleben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Feb. 27, 2007