Army 1st Lieutenant David A. Johnson, 24, of Mayville, Wisconsin died Jan. 25 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries caused by an improvised explosive device while conducting a dismounted patrol.
1st Lieutenant David A. Johnson was assigned to 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regimentt, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington and was serving during Operation Enduring Freedom.
David was born on Nov. 28, 1987, in Beloit, Wis., the son of Andrew and Laura (Hanser) Johnson of Horicon.
He attended local schools including Marsh Moppets in Horicon, St.John’s Lutheran School in Mayville and was a 2006 graduate of Mayville High School. He attended Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, graduating in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He served as a commander in the school’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program his senior year.
“David was a well-respected leader among our students, and he was highly regarded by his peers in the ROTC,” said John Plake, campus pastor at Evangel.
“He also served as an assistant director of our CROSSwalk campus ministries, in a role that helped many students find ways to serve others in our community, in the love of Christ,” said Plake.
David was a member of Boy Scout Troop 718 in Mayville and earned his Eagle Scout Award in 2005.
In high school, he was involved in FFA and participated in the Parliamentary Procedure Team at National Competition. He was a member of the football team, Mock Trial team, musicals, and men’s choir at Mayville High School. He was also very involved with the student leadership youth group program at Christian Life Fellowship.
Alex Schauer, a 2010 graduate, worked with Johnson at CROSSwalk and remembered him as an adventurer and a joker. She’d teased him that it seemed he never slept because of all his activities.
“If he only lived 24 years, then he lived every moment,” Schauer said.
Part of a letter from Lt. Col. (Ret) Kirby A. Hanson, who was David’s ROTC Commander in Springfield.
“David was an outstanding cadet in every aspect of military training…He was destined to serve in the Infantry and I was certain he would excel…Aside from the Army life, David was a kind, well mannered, fun young man.”
David was remembered by family as a man of faith; known for his big smile; someone who made friends easily; a guy who knew how to have fun; being always busy; being the just-in-time-guy because he was, “never late and never early;” and, a man of God.
Survivors include his parents, Andrew and Laura Johnson of Horicon; two brothers, Michael and Matthew; one sister, Emily; his paternal grandmother, Joan Johnson of Walworth, Wis.; his maternal grandmother, Yvonne Hanser of Warren, Ohio; aunts and uncles, Cindy (Rev. Dr. Ken) Comstock of Lake Mills, Wis., Randy (Kris) Johnson of Rockton, Ill., Peter Johnson of Chicago, Ill., Janice Kennedy of Warren, Ohio, Cindy (Mark) Antinori of Valrico, Fla., and Denise (Darren) Winn of Tuttle, Okla.; further survived by numerous cousins, family, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Ken Johnson and Harris Hanser; and his uncle, Jeff Yarbrough.
Wisconsin military police officer Staff Sgt. Jesse Grindey of Hazel Green dies in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Jesse Grindey, 30, of Hazel Green died Monday in Kandahar province, according to the DOD.
Grindey, who joined the Army 10 years ago, was a military policeman assigned to the 287th Military Police Company, 97th Military Police Battalion based at Fort Riley, Kan. It was his second deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.
Jesse was born the son of Richard and Sara (Kruser) Grindey in Cuba City, Wisconsin. He married Mirafe “Mary” C. Commission on April 28, 2008 in the Philippines.
He was a 2001 graduate of Southwestern High School. He enlisted into the United States Army in March 2002 and served one tour of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He was assigned to 287th Military Police Company, 97th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Riley, Kansas. Jesse really enjoyed being a volunteer firefighter/EMT for the Hazel Green Fire Department and the Hazel Green Rescue Squad, and helping his uncle, Doug Kruser with the family business, The Wigwam Bar and Grill. He also enjoyed cooking for his family and spending quality time with his wife, kids, family and friends. He was extremely close and proud of his fellow soldiers. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Jesse is survived by his wife, their two children, his mother, his father, a sister, a half-sister, three grandmothers, grandfather, and special friends, Kevin and Mike.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Daniel Kruser, Larry O’Brien, Donna Reichling, Clarence and Lila Grindey and Eldon Wills; and two uncles, Mike Kruser and Jim Grindey.
St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Hazel Green, with The Rev. Lance Schneider officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military rites accorded.
A SSG Jesse J. Grindey Memorial Fund has been established at any of the American Bank locations.
Staff Sgt. Jesse J. Grindey, 30, of Hazel Green, WI passed away on Monday, March 12, 2012 in Kandahar, a province in Afghanistan while serving in the United States Army. Services will be held at 11am on Friday, March 23 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Hazel Green, WI with Father Lance Schneider officiating; burial will be at the St. Francis de Sales Cemetery, with military rites accorded. Friends may call from 3pm to 8pm on Thursday, March 22 at the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Hazel Green, WI and on Friday from 9am till time of service at the church. The Haudenshield Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City, WI is serving the family.
Jesse was born on March 3, 1982 to Richard & Sara (Kruser) Grindey in Cuba City, WI. He was a 2001 graduate of Southwestern High School in Hazel Green, WI. He enlisted into the US Army in March 2002 and served 1 tour of duty in Iraq and 1 in Afghanistan. He was assigned to 287th Military Police Company, 97th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Riley, KS.
He married Mirafe “Mary” C. Commission on April 28, 2008 in the Philippines. Jesse really enjoyed being a volunteer firefighter/EMT for the Hazel Green Fire Dept & the Hazel Green Rescue Squad, and helping his uncle Doug Kruser with the family business, The Wigwam Bar & Grill.
He also enjoyed cooking for his family and spending quality time with his wife, kids, family and friends. He was extremely close and proud of his fellow soldiers.
He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. Jesse is survived by his wife, Mirafe and their 2 children, Jesse Jr. & Joanna Grindey of Hazel Green, WI; his mother, Sara (Brian Wills) Grindey of Hazel Green, WI; his father, Richard (Diane) Grindey of Shullsburg, WI; a sister, Brandy Grindey of Hazel Green, WI; a half-sister, Trudi Lopp of Maquoketa, IA; 3 grandmothers, Leah “Rosie” Kruser, Jane O’Brien and Mary Wills; grandfather, Pete Reichling; and special friends, Kevin Hess and Mike Gorham.
He is preceded in death by grandparents, Daniel Kruser, Larry O’Brien, Donna Reichling, Clarence & Lila Grindey and Eldon Wills; 2 uncles, Mike Kruser and Jim Grindey.
In lieu of flowers a SSG Jesse J. Grindey Memorial Fund has been established at any of the American Bank locations.
HAZEL GREEN, Wis. (AP) — Friends and family will say goodbye Friday to a Wisconsin soldier who died in Afghanistan as the U.S. Department of Defense investigates his death.
Services for Staff Sgt. Jesse Grindey will be held in the Grant County community of Hazel Green. The 30-year-old Grindey joined the Army 10 years ago and was a military policeman assigned to the 287th Military Police Company based at Fort Riley, Kan. He served one tour of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.
Grindey died March 12 in Kandahar province. The DOD released no details of his death.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church with burial at the church cemetery. Grindey is survived by his wife, two children and other family members.
SSgt. Jesse Grindey died last Monday while serving overseas. A procession Tuesday guided his body from Dubuque through his hometown of Hazel Green to the funeral home in Cuba City.
“He would do anything for you, give you the shirt off his back,” said Tammy Hanson Rivera, who grew up with Grindey. “He’s someone that is really, really, going to be missed by this community because he did so much for everybody.”
Even before Grindey graduated high school he took a pager to class so he could help the local police and fire teams in emergencies. Shortly after the September 11 attacks he enlisted.
Grindey also served in Iraq, Korea, and Japan. His friends say even when he returned on break he returned to volunteering for the fire department.
Grindey’s funeral is Friday morning.
UPDATED: Monday, March 19, 2012 — 5:45 p.m.
From a family spokesperson:
SSgt. Grindey (KIA 12 March 2012) will be returning to the Tri State area tomorrow 20 March 2012. He will be escorted from Dubuque Regional Airport to the Village of Hazel Green then to the City of Cuba City. Estimated time of arrival will be 1330 hours to 1400 hours in Hazel Green. However I caution there may be delays. The family thanks you for your support and love in time of great sorrow. If you want to express your support please feel free to line STH 11 in Hazel Green or STH 80 in Cuba City up to Haudenscheld Funeral Home. Thank you again and please take a moment of silence for the families of the military personnel who have died.