CPL Jason Graham Pautsch

CPL Jason Graham Pautsch

Birth
Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa, USA
Death 10 Apr 2009 (aged 20)
Iraq
Burial Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois, USA
Plot V - 165
Memorial ID 35757104 · View Source
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Cpl. Jason Pautsch of Davenport, Iowa, was home schooled until 5th grade. He attended Wood Junior High and enjoyed adventure in the outdoors, including hunting, fishing, camping and hiking. Jason was not a perfect kid and for a time wore his hair long and died it black. He worked at The Green Thumbers as a teenager, tried out for football during high school and began lifting weights. It was during this time that he made a change in his life. In 2003 he was in a serious bicycle motocross accident and thought he was going to die. He began to pray and gave his life over to God. He finished high school a semester early as part of the class of 2007. He enlisted in the Army in January 2007, finishing basic training in May and Airborne School in June. Jason deployed to Iraq in September 2008, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado. The squadron leader was expected home in May for a break, and return for another five months to finish his tour of duty. He died at age 20 in Mosul, Iraq, after a suicide bomber rammed a truck into a wall outside an Iraqi police station where he and his patrol happened to be at that moment. Jason's feelings were that soldiers were not properly appreciated for their sacrifices. He despised the cowardly attitude of a lot of the politicians that brought into question the value of what they were doing over there. He despised the idea that so many Americans were too gutless to stand up for what they believed. His convictions were made clear last year when he defended his faith in God by saying, "It's like this: All the other pretend gods want you to die for them, but Jesus died for you instead." Bio by: Sue

Jason is survived by his parents David Pautsch of Davenport, Iowa, and Teri (Bryan) Johnson of Moline, Illinois, and four siblings: a brother, Jared, (with the 82nd Airborne in Ft. Bragg, NC); a brother Jacob, of Davenport; a sister, Jenna of Moline, IL; and a brother, Josef of Moline. Also surviving are both grandmothers, Elaine Trefz of Davenport, Iowa and Ingrid Pautsch of Rockford, Illinois. He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Joshua; and his grandfathers, Robert Dean Trefz and Rev. Alfred Otto Pautsch. Both Jason's grandfather and great-grandfather were ministers.


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPL Jason Graham Pautsch (1 Oct 1988–10 Apr 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 35757104, citing Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Sue (contributor 46778782) .