PHILOMATH -- The family of Army Ranger Cody Patterson, killed Sunday in Afghanistan, said in a prepared statement that "we will feel his absence forever."
Patterson graduated from Philomath High School in 2007. The popular students was captain of the football team and won a "Mr. PHS" contest that raised money for Doernbecher Children's Hospital.
Here is the family's statement:
"The Family of Cody Patterson is proud of his service to his country, his bravery, and his sacrifice. There are not enough words to express the depth of our heartbreak over his tragic loss. We will feel his absence forever.
Cody was a small town boy with a large extended family and deep ties to his hometown and surrounding community. He will be missed and remembered by so many for his sense of humor, compassion, and strength.
We extend our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the families of the other victims of this terrible incident.
Details regarding the funeral service are pending and will be made public when finalized.
Cody's family members ask that everyone kindly respect our privacy during this devastating time. Thank you."
Patterson is survived by his mother, Nancy R. Wilson of Corvallis, Ore., and his father, Randy L. Patterson, and his sister, Taylor, both of Philomath, Ore. He is also survived by sisters and brothers Nicole Patterson, Letitia Williams, Elijah Williams, Kapriel Wilson and Mara Wilson.