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Private First Class Garrett Knoll

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Private First Class Garrett Knoll, 23, of Verona was killed Monday, April 23, 2007 while on duty northeast of Baghdad, Iraq.

He was born in Mt. Clemens on July 8, 1983.

Garrett attended Verona Mills country school from grades 5-8 and graduated in 2001 from Bad Axe High School, where he participated and worked hard on the cross country squad and track team. During the summer months he enjoyed playing golf and working at the Verona Hills Golf Club on the maintenance/custodial staff, as well as in the bag room. He was known as a quiet and polite young man who had a good sense of humor and enjoyed his friends. He liked to fish, hunt, and work on automobiles. Garrett attended Ferris State University for three years and then moved on to attend Baron Institute, Hartford, Conn., and graduated in 2005. He loved being a United States Army combat medic, soldier and paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division based in Fort Bragg, N.C.

He is survived by his grandparents, Robert and Ruth Knoll of Verona and Nadine Rinner of Oregon; two aunts, Suzanne (Jeffrey) Myers of Arlington, Texas, and Rebecca Russell of Roseville; cousins, Brianne Myers of New York, Justin (Lauren) Myers of Arlington, Texas, Alecia Russell of Mt. Pleasant, Matthew and Jacob Russell of Roseville, First Lieutenant, Phillip Rathbun of Virginia, escorted Garrett back from Iraq, second cousin Lane Myers of Arlington, Texas; special friend and second cousin, Troy Ziehm; and several great aunts, uncles and cousins.

Garrett was preceded in death by his father, Jeffrey Knoll; and his grandfather, Calvin Rinner.

Services are still pending and are being handled by the MacAlpine Funeral Home, Bad Axe. Listen to WLEW 102.1 FM or 1340 AM or visit www.macalpinefuneralhome.com for funeral service details.

Memorials may be made to the Bad Axe Public Library, 200 S. Hanselman St., Bad Axe, MI 48413, Bad Axe High School Athletics Department, 200 N. Barrie Road, Bad Axe, MI 48413 or Verona Mills School, 3487 School St., Bad Axe, MI 48413.

Published in Huron Daily Tribune on May 1, 2007
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