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Army Sgt. Timothy A. David

Died June 28, 2009 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

28, of Gladwin, Mich.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died June 28 in Sadr City, Iraq, of wounds sustained earlier in Baghdad when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

Funeral, flags lowered for Mich. GI killed in Iraq

The Associated Press

BEAVERTON, Mich. — Friends and family will say their final goodbyes to a mid-Michigan soldier who was killed during his fourth tour of duty in Iraq.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm has ordered flags flown at half-staff Wednesday for Sgt. Timothy David of Beaverton. He died June 28 in Baghdad of wounds sustained when an improvised device exploded near his vehicle in Sadr City, Iraq.

David served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and four in Iraq.

The Midland Daily News and TV stations WNEM and WJRT say the 28-year-old's body was flown Monday into MBS International Airport.

David's funeral is Wednesday afternoon at Beaverton High School, about 80 miles north of Lansing. Burial follows at St. Andrew Cemetery & Mausoleum in Saginaw.

‘A joy to be around,’ father says

The Associated Press

Timothy A. David had an unusual business idea for when he got out of the military. It involved both safety and fun — a bar bus.

“Believe it or not, he was going to buy a couple of buses, transport people from Fort Hood to Austin, Texas,” said his father, Michael David. “He was going to get a liquor license and make a bar bus.”

David, 28, of Gladwin, Mich., died June 28 in Sadr City, Iraq, after a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle in Baghdad. He was a 1999 high school graduate and was assigned to Fort Hood.

A senior sniper, he was on his sixth tour of duty, having previously served two tours in Afghanistan and three tours in Iraq.

“He was just an all-around good kid,” said Michael David. “He left the Army life with the Army when he was home — that was Tim.”

In high school, David was a member of his school’s football and track teams. “He got the most out of his ability,” said Jim Emery, the boys’ track coach. “He had a good year in the high jump his senior year.”

He also is survived by his mother, Linda.

“He was a good kid,” his father said. “He was a joy to be around.”

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