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Kasey McLaughlin

July 29, 1987 - July 23, 2020

Another American veteran has been lost to the after-effect of war.

 

Kasey Christan Kirk McLaughlin, 32, served her country honorably as a Military Police Officer in the United States Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Kasey was assigned as a prison guard at Camp Cropper outside Baghdad. Kasey went to war …read more

Another American veteran has been lost to the after-effect of war.

 

Kasey Christan Kirk McLaughlin, 32, served her country honorably as a Military Police Officer in the United States Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Kasey was assigned as a prison guard at Camp Cropper outside Baghdad. Kasey went to war a beautiful and dedicated young soldier, though following her tour of duty she was never again at peace.

 

Kasey was born on July 29, 1987 and according to her wishes will be cremated, on what would have been her 33rd birthday, July 29, 2020.

At Kasey’s request she will be interred at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, in Santa Nella, California, and will be accorded full military honors. She described this cemetery as profoundly beautiful and peaceful, and now she will lie alongside her beloved soul mate and best friend Jake Brzovich, and Danny and her all-too-numerous other Army friends and patriots who have been laid to rest there before her.

 

Her loss is felt so deeply by her parents Sunny MacLachlan and Rick Batrich, who love her beyond measure and will struggle to navigate life without her beautiful presence. She is also survived by other family members Jim, Jay and Scott McLaughlin, Craig, Cassondra and Lisa Armstrong, Dan and Nick Batrich. Her ever-loyal canine companions Spike (also known as “Pinky the Gunslinger”) and Beaujolais (“Beau Beau”) affectionately and collectively called her “Widdles” deeply mourn her passing, as do her other canine family members Aberdeen, Piper, Coco and Chardonnay.

 

Kasey is now in God’s embrace, reunited with Fleetwood Mac (“Mac”) her loyal service dog, being doted over by her beloved “Nanny” Dorothy McLaughlin (who is introducing her at this very moment to St. Jude), laughing with her Anam Cara Jake, and her dear courageous friend 1st Lt. Ashley White Stumpf, Deemer, her grandparents James McLaughlin, Bernard and Theo McElvaney, Harriet Simon Batrich, and Sgt. Green. Loyal and loving pets from her childhood onward Rudy, Aslan, Scottie Kitten, Hattrick, Justice, Jake, Snickers, Trooper, Shaunessey, Killian, Buster, Parker, Merlot and Mulligan joyfully greeted Kasey at the Rainbow Bridge, in all likelihood knocking her over and smothering her in love and sloppy kisses.

 

Kasey had so many friends in life, all drawn to her kind and selfless manner. She relied for many years on the affection and sound guidance of Dr. Kathleen Krupica, a magnificent woman who was the source of such strength and counsel for Kasey. Her loving “G-daddy” Retired Chicago Police Chaplain Tom Nangle, who served as her surrogate godfather and beloved spiritual mentor; great friends who were so significant at varying stages of her life: Brandon Halpin her “worstie-boogs”, Sam, Tiffany Blade, Adam, Craig and Cassondra, April Rettmann, Jack Henry III, Dan Raithel, Uncle Gary Watson, Chris C., Sara, Jesse W., Jason L., Diane Fairben, Carlo R., Diana and Brian Halpin, Melissa, Cathy, Hardy, Steve K., Adrian E. and so many others who played important roles in this too-short life of hers. She made you laugh until tears fell, because she was so quick-witted and absolutely hilarious. And now tears fall because her light and laughter is missing from our world. Kasey’s name was Celtic in origin and meant “brave” in Gallic. If you knew her you know she fought bravely, valiantly and relentlessly for ten years against this invisible enemy. She lived up to her name.

 

Kasey believed strongly in the unseen world, so going forward be open to signs of her presence in your life. She frequently referenced lyrics of songs from her musical idols Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood, especially these from “Landslide”:

“Oh mirror in the sky, what is love?

Can the child within my heart rise above?

Can I sail through the changin’ ocean tides?

Can I handle the seasons of my life?”

 

This is just another season of Kasey’s life.

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