Pfc. Brandon L. Buttry
Pfc. Brandon L. Buttry, age 19 of Shenandoah was killed in the line of duty on November 5, 2012 in Kandahar Province Afghanistan. Services will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, November 15, 2012 at the First Baptist Church, Shenandoah, Iowa. Burial with complete military honors will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery. Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the family.
Brandon Lucas Buttry was born into the hearts of Don and Pam Buttry. God placed him in their family in August 1996. His birthday is January 10, 1993. Brandon was raised on an acreage south of Shenandoah, Iowa. Brandon was homeschooled and completed his GED before enlisting in the Army in 2011. Brandon had an infectious smile and did not know a stranger. He was all about family and truly enjoyed spending time with his five brothers and eight sisters. Summer vacations to Colorado and California were special to him. He liked fishing, playing video games, was an avid reader and liked history. But most of all back yard sports and board games with his family. Brandon was not afraid to stand up for what he believed in. He accepted Jesus into his heart and loved the Lord with a deep passion. He was very involved with his church at Memorial Baptist. He had a big heart and liked helping with the "Special Adults" VBS and the Awana Programs in his church. He was a great Uncle to his nephews and nieces and loved spending time with them, wrestling, sword fighting and sharing stories with them. Brandon's childhood dream was to be a U.S. soldier. He loved the Army and was so Proud to serve his country. He graduated from boot camp in April 2012 from Fort Benning, Georgia. His Dad said, "He left a boy and came back a Man." He was stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington Alpha Company I-23 Infantry. He was deployed to Afghanistan in July 2012. PFC Buttry's award's include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and Combat Infantry Badge. Brandon was a soldier in the 1st Battalion 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division JBLM, Washington.
Brandon is survived by his parents Don and Pam Buttry of Shenandoah, Iowa. Five brothers, Luke and (Kathy) Buttry of Riverton, Iowa, Zach, Austin, Noah and Moses. Eight sisters, Mandy and (Matt) Poulter of Pella, Ia, Missy and (Andrew) Rock of Prior Lake, Minnesota, Macey, Shantelle, Shamilia, Micah, Savannah, and Shanya. nine nephews Ethan, Shay, Denzel and Keaton Poulter, Andreas, Carter, Brody and Landry Buttry, and Isaiah Rock. five nieces Whitley, Maya and Chelsea Poulter, Halie Buttry and Athulya Rock. Grandparents Sandra Kuntzweiler of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Harry Albright of Cherokee, Iowa, Harriet Buttry of Kansas City, Missouri. He was proceeded in death by his grandfather Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel Lucas Buttry and his favorite cousin Patrick Devlin. Brandon leaves behind a host of relatives, many friends and His Army Brothers and Sisters.
"Brandon was loved deeply, will be missed greatly and will never be forgotten". He was a very brave soldier. Thank you for the sacrifices you made for all of us. You made us and the USA PROUD!"
"God has said,"Never will I leave you never will I forsake you.
Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home
208 W Clarinda Ave
Shenandoah, IA 51601
Published in Des Moines Register on Nov. 15, 2012