Darren D.-VanKomen-Obituary

Staff Sgt. Darren D. VanKomen

Bluefield, West Virginia

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Moments after Stephaine VanKomen met a handsome soldier named Darren, she told her sister-in-law she would marry him. "She thought I was crazy. I didn't even know his first name," Stephaine said. Nevertheless, he called her for a date the same day and they went out later that night. They were married six months later. Darren VanKomen, 33, of Bluefield, W.Va., was killed Dec. 21 in the bombing of a dining tent in Mosul, Iraq. He was stationed at Fort Lewis. VanKomen _ or "Sgt. V" as most of his comrades called him _ was known for his perfectionism and painstaking attention to detail. He grew up in Idaho, the youngest of 10 children, and joined the Army after graduating from high school. He had recently been promoted and re-enlisted for another six years. VanKomen could not resist telling his wife, who has multiple sclerosis, by e-mail what he had gotten her for Christmas: a heated massage pad and a computer game. The gifts arrived the same day she learned of his death. He also is survived by a 12-year-old stepdaughter, Chelsea.

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Hello, We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the VanKomen Family and friends know that we will be sending Care Packages to deployed troops this week and we'll be dedicating several of these to your loved one. Each package will carry the name, photo and the hometown of Darren D. VanKomen US Army Staff Sergeant. We realize that this is a small tribute, but we do this with all respect and sincerity and we want you to know that it is made possible by thousands of...

It's been 10 yrs plus a couple of months....I still miss you Darren.....I'll love you forever...

As the day grows closer and the years go by I never stop thinking of you. Thank you for our time and I will always remember your sacrafice.

To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Darren D. Vankomen:
Please accept my remembrance of Darren on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.

you the youngest of the seven brothers and I believe the best of us. I love and miss you little brother. see you and dad soon Butch

Thank you Darren for being such a good friend! It still seems like yesterday when I saw you last. Strange how something as small as a song, poem, picture, or even a smell can bring a flood of memories back from the past... I think of you often and pray that God blesses your family!

To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Darren D. Vankomen:
Remembering Darren on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
www.IraqWarHeroes.org

I miss you and love you so much my baby Darren. It is hard to believe that it is 6 yrs today since you have been gone.....I miss every moment, every second, every day...Thank you for watching over Me, Chelsea and the rest...

Darren, Chelsea and Corey in Colorado