Derek Robert Refsland |

Derek Robert Refsland

Lance Corporal Derek Robert Refsland, died Feb. 27, 2008, at Marimar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego.

Derek was born in Carbondale and moved to Troy, Mont., by fourth grade. He graduated in 2004 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He received specialty training and was assigned to the Avionics Section of the White Knights of Unit 165. He was stationed in San Diego for three years and completed a combat tour from September 2006 to May 2007 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom while assigned to the Aviation Combat Element of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Special Operations Capable.

Derek loved hunting, fishing, golfing, riding dirt bikes, and “tweaking out” his truck. He shared these passions with his family while at home as well as his military family whenever time allowed.

Survivors include his father, Steve Refsland and stepmother Marilyn Refsland of Carbondale; mother Bobbie Bamford, Junior Crismore, and sister Jordan of Libby, Mont.; sisters Gretchen Pfaff of Santa Barbara, Calif., Rita Peterson of Wichita, Kan., and Rachel Smith of Dodge City, Kan.; grandparents Bob Rice of Carbondale, Ardell and Marvolyn Refsland of Vergas, Minn.; and many other relatives and friends.

A Unit Memorial Service was held on the San Diego Base March 1, where many of his Unit family members and superior officers said, “Derek’s boots will be hard to fill.”

A funeral service was held March 4 in Libby, Mont.

Donations may be sent for a memorial fund set up at Lincoln County Credit Union, 120 W. Fifth Street, Libby, MT 59923, for families of fallen Marines.

Steve and Marilyn can be reached at 1314 Westridge Court, Carbondale or (970) 704-9914.

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