Levi David Gott, 26, North Pole, a native of South Amana, Iowa, passed away while asleep at his home on March 6, 2013.
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Levi's life was marked by his charm and service to his community and the nation. Levi was born Aug. 25, 1986, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He graduated from Clear Creek Amana High School in 2005, and served in the U.S. Army from 2005 to 2010.
In his first active duty assignment, Levi served as a construction engineer for the 24th Ordinance Company at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. In his free time, he volunteered as a soccer coach for 4- and 5-year-old kids. He deployed to Afghanistan from Feb. 2007 to May 2008 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He then trained as an unmanned aerial vehicle pilot at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.
Levi married Courtney Roberts on May 30, 2010, left the Army and moved with her to the Fairbanks area, where he performed security services, took classes, worked out, enjoyed life and made many friends.
Levi loved the outdoors and was an avid sportsman, but his greatest love was children. Levi did all he could to positively influence the kids with whom he crossed paths, and many thought of him as a big brother.
Levi is survived by his wife Courtney; his parents, David and Martha Gott, of South Amana; brother, Aaron Gott, 28, of Minneapolis; brother, Isaac Gott, 23, of South Amana; sister, Hannah Gott, 19, of Ames, Iowa; brother, (in spirit and truth) Brandon Dierickx, 32, of Denver, Colo.; grandfather, George Bradfield, 88, of Fairfield, Iowa; and many dear friends.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Isabel Bradfield and Robert and Phyllis Gott.
All who knew Levi locally are invited to celebrate his life at his memorial service, 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Fairbanks Lutheran Church, followed by a reception featuring Levi's favorite desserts.
A memorial fund honoring Levi has been established and donations can be mailed to Levi Gott Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 168, South Amana, IA 52334. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web to www.gayandciha.com.
Published in Daily News-Miner on May 16, 2013