BEDNARZYK, CPT Connor US Army Ranger Of Doylestown, PA, passed away suddenly, Friday, September 7, 2018, near Ft. Benning, GA. He was 25. Born in Fairfax, VA, he was the son of Edward J. and Ruth Donovan Bednarzyk.
Connor lived the majority of his life in Doylestown, PA, graduating Central Bucks East High School, class of 2011, where he was a three-sport varsity athlete. Connor is a graduate of Penn State University where he earned a degree in Security Risk Analysis from the College of Information Sciences and Technology. Connor attended PSU on an ROTC scholarship and graduated in the top 10% of all ROTC graduates throughout the U.S.
CPT Connor Bednarzyk was an Infantry Officer assigned as the Platoon Leader of the Distribution Platoon, Echo Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He completed the Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Benning, GA in 2015 before transferring to 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division in April 2016. Connor's military education includes the Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course, Airborne School, U.S. Air Assault School, the U.S. Army Ranger School, and the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 2 Course.
CPT Bednarzyk completed deployment in Kosovo where he led U.S. troops on a peace keeping mission working with NATO forces and local military to ensure a safe and secure environment. During his deployment, he actively conducted training exercises to sustain border control operations to combat potential resistance from outside forces.
His awards and decorations include the coveted Ranger Tab, Air Assault Badge, the Army Parachutist Badge, and the Expert Infantryman's Badge. He has also been awarded the Army Achievement Medal w/ 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the NATO Medal.
In his spare time, Connor enjoyed working out, skiing, golfing, and spending time with family and friends. He truly valued the freedoms of the United States and was honored to serve as an active member of our U.S. military.
In addition to his parents Connor is survived by his brother, Kevin; his grandfather, Francis Donovan; his aunts and uncles, as well as numerous cousins, extended family, and friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to greet Connor's family on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 PM, and on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 from 9:00 AM-10:00 AM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 5175 Cold Spring Creamery Rd., Doylestown, PA 18902 followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM. Private interment with military honors will be held at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Rd., Newtown, PA 18940.
Life Celebration services provided by Leaver/Cable of Buckingham.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to HOOAH Inc, 2nd HOOAH Georgia chapter (https://hooahinc.org/2nd-hooah-georgia/
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