Zachary Shanafelt


November 29, 2012 // 0 Comments

SPC Zachary A. Shanafelt, age 24 (06/23/1988 – 11/21/2012), passed away while bravely and honorably serving his country in the U.S. Army. He was a 2006 graduate of Creston High School where he attended four years of ROTC achieving the rank of LTC and becoming the Battalion Commander. SPC Shanafelt entered the service in the Army in 2009. He completed his basic training at Ft. Jackson and completed his Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Sam Houston, TX, becoming a certified Combat Medic. SPC Shanafelt served five months as a combat medic in Afghanistan with the Attack Battery 1-84th Field Artillery at Combat Outpost Qaisar in the Fariyab Province . He was injured in an accident which caused him to be sent to Walter Reed Medical Center where he was attached to the Wounded Warriors program. He passed away there the morning of November 21, 2012. Zachary was a loving and dedicated husband, father, son, brother, and friend. He was married to his lovely wife, Marina for a year and a half, and they were blessed with a beautiful son, Daniel “Hamburger” Zachovich. The two of them had the wonderful and all too rare opportunity to spend 6 weeks traveling Europe together prior to the birth of Daniel, where they were able to cement their love in a way that most young couples never get. His son Daniel was truly the “apple of his father’s eye,” and his wife Marina was the “love of his life.” For him to have had that, we are all very humbly grateful. While in the Army as a Combat Medic, Zach not only excelled at his job, but he sincerely loved helping people and saving lives. He fell in love with the children of Afghanistan and was always requesting that things (not for himself) to be sent to where he was stationed so he could pass the gifts out to the children. His heart was as big as they come. All who knew him know that he had only one speed and direction which was straight forward and fast as hell. Whether it was playing the guitar, cooking, “dairy challenge”, dancing, working, or playing, he always brought an unmatched gusto to the game. He inspired those around him to either […]