The family of Pfc. Brandon L. Buttry, 19, issued a statement prior to visitation today in Shenandoah at the First Baptist Church, where funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Buttry, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, died Nov. 5 in Kandahar province in Afghanistan.

   Funeral services for Pfc. Brandon L. Buttry, 19, are scheduled Nov. 15 at the First Baptist Church in Shenandoah. Burial is at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah.
   Homeschooled, Buttry completed his GED before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 2011. He deployed to Afghanistan in July of 2012.
He was active in Memorial Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing, playing video games and history, as well as playing board games with his family. His childhood dream was to be a U.S. soldier.
   His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with service star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and NATO medal.
    He is survived by parents, Don and Pam Buttry of Shenandoah, brothers Luke Buttry of Riverton, Zach, Austin, Noah and Moses, sisters Mandy Poulter of Pella, Iowa, Missy Rock of Prior Lake, Minn., Macey, Shantelle, Shamilia, Micah, Savannah and Shanya.
Grandparents are Sandra Kuntzweiler of Fayetteville, Ark.,and  Harriet Buttry of Kansas City.
   The family of Pfc. Buttry issued the following statement.
  “Brandon was a born-again Christian and loved the Lord. He was all about family and we had many Facebook chats and Skype conversations while Brandon was serving in Afghanistan.
   “He had an infectious smile and didn’t know a stranger. He had a big heart for others and always loved helping out. He was not afraid to stand up for what he believed in.
   “He was loved deeply, will be missed greatly and will never be forgotten. He was a very brave solider. Thank you for the sacrifices you made for all of us. You made us and the USA proud.”