Sgt. 1st Class Darren M. Linde, 41, of Devils Lake, N.D., formerly of Sidney, Mont., was killed in action on Monday, December 3, 2012 in Lashkar Gha, Afghanistan.
Funeral service for Sgt. Linde is at 1 p.m., Tuesday, December 11 at the Richland County Event Center with Lieutenant Colonel David Johnson officiating from the North Dakota Army National Guard.
Casketbearers are Dwight Linde, Eric Linde, Brian Heck, Dane McCollum, Paul Magee, Troy Magee, Terry Fulk and Rod Elken. Ushers are Koby McCollum, Tanya Asbeck, Bryan Candee, Boyd Candee and Chris Schaubel. Interment will be in the Sidney Cemetery with full military honors provided by the North Dakota Military Funeral Honors Team.
Darren Michael Linde was born May 12, 1971 at Fort Wainwright, Fairbanks, Ala. to Dwight Linde and Deborah (Dashner) Buxbaum. He attended schools in Sidney, Mont. and graduated from Sidney Senior High School in 1989 where he wrestled for the Sidney Eagles. As a Sidney Eagle, Darren was a proud member of 1989 State of Montana Wrestling Champions. He attended Montana State University, University of North Dakota-Williston, and the University of Mary.
On December 28, 1990, Darren enlisted in the North Dakota Army National Guard. On May 25, 1995, Darren went active duty with the Army and was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington. While in Washington, Darren met and fell in love with Adrienne and her three daughters, Celina, Kayla, and Alexis. On August 2, 1997 they were married and shortly thereafter had a son, Eric Paul Linde.
Darren was so funny. Everyone who knew Darren, knew he was always smiling and laughing, Darren never had a bad day. He always saw the glass as half full and always had a great story to share. The family’s nickname was the “Six Happy Linde’s” and that was how they lived their lives.
Darren returned to Montana and enlisted into the Montana Army National Guard from September 1998 to September 2002; and again in July of 2005 through March 2006, where he then transferred back to the North Dakota Army National Guard. On June 4, 2007 through May 21, 2008, Darren was deployed to Iraq with the 164th HQ’s SECFOR. On April 27, 2012, Darren was deployed to Laskar Gha, Afghanistan with the 818th Engr Co. On March 11, 2011, Darren earned the rank of Sgt 1st Class. Darren was a Combat Engineer, Cannon Crewmember, and Bridge Crewmember. He received numerous awards, including the Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Combat Action Badge, North Dakota Legion of Merit (Posthumously), Purple Heart (Posthumously), and the Bronze Star (Posthumously).
Darren is survived by his wife, Adrienne of Devils Lake; his daughters, Celina of Devils Lake, Kayla (Tom) Propp of Fairview, Mont. and Alexis of Devils Lake; his son, Eric Paul of Devils Lake; his father, Dwight (Lana) Linde of Williston, N.D.; his mother, Debbie (Dashner) Buxbaum of Sidney; grandparents, Garfield and Madeline Linde of Fairview, Mont; two sisters, Darcie (Brian) Conquergood of Helena Mont. and Amanda (Kevin) Skogen of Sidney, Mont; granddaughter, Ava Propp.
Page 2 of 2 - Darren was preceded in death by his brother, Eric Buxbaum.
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Fulkerson Funeral Home, Sidney, is in charge of arrangements.