Todd Leo Felix, age 42, of Manhattan, Kansas, died Tuesday morning, July 31, 2007, at the home of his parents in Manhattan, following an extended illness.
Born December 27, 1964, in Lancaster, California, he was the son of Leo L. and Patricia Ann (Palmer) Felix. Todd graduated from Coast Union High School in Cambria, California, in 1983. An athlete, he was all-CIF in baseball and football, San Luis Obispo County All-Star in football and Tri-County League MVP in baseball.
After his high school graduation, he earned an Associate in Science degree from Cuesta College in general studies, and then spent a year studying agricultural business management at Cal Poly. Todd then joined the U.S. Army and was called upon to serve in Operation Desert Storm with the Second Armored Division, which is part of “The Big Red One.”
Deciding to make the military his career, he re-enlisted and, in 1997, when his daughter was just one week old, his 125-member National Guard military police company (The 649th) was deployed to Germany, where they helped replace active-duty police sent to Bosnia under Operation Joint Endeavor.
Staff Sergeant Felix received numerous military medals and honors during his career, which included Valorous Unit Award, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal (third Award), Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (second Award), National Defense Service Medal (second Award), Southwest Asia Service Medal with three bronze service stars, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge with Rifle Bar, Army Parachutist Badge and Venezuelan Parachutist Badge. Upon being deployed to Iraq in 2002, he became ill and was soon returned back to the States, where he would eventually be placed on the temporary disability retired list and eventually the permanent disability retired list in October of 2006.
He is survived by his daughter, Michelle Lee Felix and his parents, Leo and Patricia Felix, both of Manhattan, Kansas; three sisters, Susan R. (Hank) Hooyerink of Lancaster, California, Janelle A. Felix of Morro Bay, California, and Laura L. (Stuart) Selkirk of Cayucos, California; three nephews; Brett Hooyerink and Clay and Ross Selkirk; two nieces, Blythe Hooyerink and Paige Selkirk; and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.
Inurnment was in the Arlington National Cemetery with full Military Honors.
FELIX, TODD L
- SSG US ARMY
- DATE OF BIRTH: 12/27/1964
- DATE OF DEATH: 07/31/2007
- BURIED AT: SECTION 8-XX ROW 23 SITE 1
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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