Staff Sgt. Patrick F. Kutschbach, 25, of Kennedy Township, was killed in action on Saturday, November 10, 2007 while conducting combat operations in the southern end of the Tagab Valley in Afghanistan. He was serving with Operational Detachment-Alpha 021 of Company B, 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and Stuttgart Germany. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan. Patrick attended elementary School at St. Louise de Marillac in Upper St. Clair and then David E. Williams Middle School in the Montour School District. He graduated from Montour High School in 2000. He is survived by his wife Ginger and son Bastian. In addition, he is survived by his mother, Debbie Huffner, father, David Kutschbach and two brothers David Kutschbach and Andrew Kutschbach, sister-in-law Amanda Kutschbach and their children Riley, Ella and Emerson, and grandparents Charles and Barbara Kutschbach and Nancy Huffner; and numerous family members and friends. Friends may call on Saturday and Sunday 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the McDermott Funeral Home, Inc. 334 Forest Grove Road, Kennedy Township (Family owned and operated since 1886 and a member of the Good Grief Center). Mass of Christian Burial at St. Louise de Marillac 320 McMurray Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15241 on Monday at 11:30 AM. Everyone please meet at the church. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery Patrick felt privileged to be an American and was proud to serve and defend his country. He was a devoted husband; father, brother, son, friend and soldier. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, as well as many other honors and distinction. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a tuition savings account for Bastian Kutschbach. Please make checks payable to Fidelity. Mail to Gina Nicastro, Allstate Insurance Company, 52 Sharpsville Ave., Sharon, PA 16146.
Published in Bellingham Herald on Nov. 18, 2007