Staff Sergeant Patrick D. Hamburger, 30, gave his life with 37 others in the service of his country on August 6, 2011, when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot down in Wardak Province, Afghanistan. Pat lived in Grand Island, Nebraska with Candie Reagan, his future wife, and their daughters Veronica Reagan and Payton Hamburger. He was born in Sioux City, Iowa on Memorial Day, May 25, 1981, and moved to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1985 with his parents, Douglas Hamburger and Joyce Peck, and his brothers Michael Hamburger and Christopher Hamburger. He graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School in 1999.
Pat enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1998, when he was a junior in high school. He was employed as a plumber until 2008 when he became a full-time helicopter flight engineer with the National Guard in Grand Island. Pat met Candie in 2005, moved to Grand Island with her and Veronica in 2008, and welcomed Payton into the world on January 2009. He loved spending time with his family and friends. Pat was a mechanical genius who loved his country intensely. Ensuring the readiness of Chinooks and flying were passions.
Pat is survived by his girls, Candie Reagan, Veronica Reagan and Payton Hamburger, of Grand Island, Nebraska, mother and step-father, Joyce and DeLayne Peck of Lincoln, Nebraska, father and step-mother Douglas and Shaune Hamburger of Knoxville, Tennessee, brothers, Michael Hamburger of New York, New York and Christopher Hamburger of Saint Louis, Missouri, grandparents, Willard and Jacque Hamburger, of Omaha, Nebraska, step-siblings, Jessica Francis, Jeremy Francis and Joshua Francis, of Knoxville, Tennessee, and countless aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and brothers in arms. He was preceded in death by his maternal Grandparents, Edmond and Ruth George of Hampton, Nebraska.
Visitation for Pat will be held on Friday, August 19, 2011 between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Wyuka Cemetery, 3600 O Street, Lincoln, Nebraska. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at Christ’s Place Church, 1111 Old Cheney Road, Lincoln, Nebraska. He will then be laid to rest at Wyuka Cemetery, with a reception to follow at Christ’s Place Church.
Memorials are requested in lieu of flowers. The Patrick Hamburger Memorial Fund has been established at U.S. Bank. The fund is dedicated to the care and education of the most important people in his life, Candie, 30, Veronica, 13, and Payton, 2.
Pat would want to thank the friends and family that were with him along the way. He also would want us to pray for the safe return of his fellow Muleskinners, the men of the 2-135th General Support Aviation Battalion.
We love you so much, Pat, and are eternally grateful for the time that we had together. We will miss you and keep you forever in our hearts. We know your wonderful smile and generous heart will always fly high and brighten heaven’s skies forever.