Soldier had longtime Hawaii ties, loved sports
Sgt. Michael Jeffrey Montpetit loved sports, especially watching the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox.
Sgt. Michael Montpetit:
He died Friday in Iraq from noncombat injuries.
The obituary prepared by his family in Copperas Cove, Texas, also said Montpetit's sports passion extended to the University of Miami football team and World Wrestling Entertainment sporting events.
Montpetit, 31, died Friday in Baghdad while serving with the 15th Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry, from Fort Hood, Texas.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove with full military honors.
A spokesman for the mortuary said there are no plans to hold a service in Honolulu, where Montpetit grew up, attended high school and met his wife.
He is survived by his wife, Christina, of Copperas Cove; son Christian; daughter Courtney; father Michael L. of Waianae; mother Kathleen Vasconcellos of Pearl City; and sister Brenda Montpetit of Pearl City.
The Pentagon said Montpetit died of noncombat wounds while serving as a quartermaster and chemical equipment repairman in Baghdad.
He married Christina on July 14, 1996, in Hawaii and joined the Army in May 1997.
Montpetit was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas, in October 2005.
A year later, his Fort Hood unit left Texas for what was supposed to be a 12-month deployment. Last month, its combat tour was extended for up to 15 months.
Visitation hours will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Monday at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. His body will be cremated.