Erik R.-Heldt-Obituary

Lance Cpl. Erik R. Heldt

Hermann, Missouri

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Erik R. Heldt grew up on a farm, and the aspiring football coach managed to stay down-to-earth in Iraq. "He was carefree but professional at the same time," Lance Cpl. Matthew C. Trigo wrote in a letter to Heldt's wife. "He possessed a unique courage that allowed him to be just the way he wanted to be, self-expressive and nonchalant." Heldt, 26, of Hermann, Mo., died June 16 when a roadside bomb exploded near his Humvee near Ramadi. He was based at Camp Pendleton. Heldt grew up on a farm in eastern Missouri and played football in high school before graduating in 1997. He joined the Marines two years ago and became known as a reliable leader. He is survived by his wife, Crystal, and a daughter, Taylor Purdy. Friends in Hermann hoped to dedicate a new football field to him.

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Ten years is right around the corner and how quickly time has passed. Feels like yesterday. To Erik's parents, I wish and pray that peace and comfort have come to you by now and that your memories are only good ones. As you know it changes your whole perspective on life and your personal disposition. For my brother to have had him with him that 16th of June meant that Erik was a great Marine and individual. My brother had a strong loyalty and love for his Marines and Erik must have made...

Thank you for your service to this great country we call AMERICA. I became good friends with a relative of yours Loren and he never told me about you and I served in the army from 1993-1998. You will never be forgotten and being my father is a retired marine SEMPER FI!!!

To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Erik R. Heldt:
It has truly been my honor to sign Erik's guest book these past few years. Unfortunately, due to complications from my Multiple Sclerosis, this may be the last message I'm able to write. Please forgive me and know that Erik will always be remembered in my home.
With love and respect ~ Peggy

In memory & honor of Erik. We will always be grateful to him for his sacrifice for us.

June 16, 2012
To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Erik R. Heldt:
Always remembering Erik. "Some gave all."

To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Erik R. Heldt:
Please accept my remembrance of Erik on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.

Erik and I left together from st.louis to go to boot camp together then school of infantry, we were very close throughout training. Though We were assigned to different units we remained close. I took leave for Erik and Cyrstals wedding in Herman. I only had 2 days but I wouldnt of missed it for anything. I know he would have done the same. I was at Abu Ghuraib prison in Iraq when our units crossed paths. It was a great feeling running into my friend. By just a quick hug and a few words my...

In Humble Gratitude for your Service