Capt. Kevin Michael Kryst

Capt. Kevin Michael Kryst, 27, of West Bend died Monday, Dec. 18, 2006 in the Al Anbar province in Iraq while serving his country as a United States Marine.

He was born Sept. 17, 1979 in Maywood, Ill. to Glenn and Elizabeth (nee Dziak) Kryst.

Kevin was a pilot of a Cobra helicopter in the Marine Light-Attack Helicopter Squadron 267, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.

He is survived by his parents, Glenn and Elizabeth of West Bend; his fiancˇe, Sara of West Bend; and five siblings, Bradley of Mesa, Ariz., Daniel of Stevens Point and Jennifer, Justin and Timothy, all of West Bend.

He is further survived by his maternal grandparents, Sy and Betty Dziak of Illinois; his paternal grandparents, Clifford and Rita Kryst of Michigan; and other relatives and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Dec. 29, at 6 p.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Cath-olic Church in West Bend with Rev. Jeffrey Haines presiding.

Inurnment will take place in Arlington Nat-ional Cemetery in Arling-ton, Va.

Visitation will be Friday at the church only from 3 until 5:45 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Fisher House, which provides housing for the families of wounded military personnel, are appreciated. For more information, visit

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family.