Spec Joseph Thomas “Joey” Prentler

Spec Joseph Thomas “Joey” Prentler

Birth
Carson City, Montcalm County, Michigan, USA
Death 4 Oct 2010 (aged 20)
Mama Kariz, Kandahar, Afghanistan
Burial Augusta, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA
Plot section 11 site 399
Memorial ID 59647923 · View Source
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A soldier from Fenwick, Michigan who died after being wounded in an attack in Afghanistan decided when he was 8 years old that he wanted to serve in the Army, just like his grandfather, family members said Tuesday.

Spc. Joseph T. Prentler, 20, died Monday in Mama Kariz after insurgents attacked his military vehicle using an improvised explosive device, the Defense Department announced.

Prentler, who was known as "Joey," attended Carson City-Crystal High School and graduated in 2008. He is survived by his parents & a younger brother.

On Tuesday, his mother told The Grand Rapids Press that many in the small community offered condolences.

"He's just an all-around sweet person, just concerned about everybody and anybody. He's just a good kid, friendly. He tried to make everybody laugh. Everybody loved him."

Joey grew up on a farm in Fenwick area outside Carson City
& enjoyed raising cows, pigs and horses.

Prentler graduating from basic training at Fort Benning in Georgia and was stationed for about two years in Germany.

Joey was able to return home on leave before heading to Afghanistan. He deployed to Afghanistan on Father's Day this year, serving in various capacities with the Army.

Prentler's parents are planning to travel to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Wednesday, when his body is scheduled to arrive on U.S. soil. Funeral arrangements will be made when they return home.

Specialist Prentler was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment based in Vilseck, Germany.

Specialist Prentler made this statement just hours before his death, "To look back at life you can only ask one thing, "how many risks did you take?" and if there was, did they pay off well enough for us to say, "I lived proudly".

Gov. Jennifer Granholm has ordered flags to be lowered to half staff in Michigan on Wednesday in honor of Army Spc. Joseph "Joey" Prentler.

Joey's visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Lux and Schnepp Funeral Home in Carson City. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Greenville Community Church with burial afterward in Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.

A video featuring the escort by the Michigan Patriot Guard Riders, in honor of the last journey of Specialist Joseph Prentler. Specialist Joseph T.Prentler . Thank you Sharon VanLoozenoord for permission to link to your video.


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  • Created by: Kathy Londo Barnes
  • Added: 5 Oct 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 59647923
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Spec Joseph Thomas “Joey” Prentler (11 Feb 1990–4 Oct 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 59647923, citing Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Kathy Londo Barnes (contributor 47040479) .