Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Marine Lance Cpl. Kane M. Funke

20, of Vancouver, Washington.
Funke died as result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California. Died on August 13, 2004.

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"To the family of Kane, I am truly thankful for the opportunity to have known LCPL kane Funke while in Iraq with 2/7 Echo Company. He made me feel like we weren't even in that country while back at the FOB. Pleasure to have known that great man. He made me laugh even during the bad times and the good. He is a true Marine he gave all in everything that I knew him to be. Cant believe it's another August already."
Shane Moody of MISSOURI

"I've gotten in touch with some of our old pals from SOI. Can't stop smiling anytime I think of you brother. I know you're smiling down on all of us and keeping us all safe. Ordering a new bracelet to break all the rules in culinary school, as we aren't allowed to wear "jewelry". Miss you man!

Would love to hear from some of the other guys from boot and SOI. Taylor and Stoff are about the only ones i talk to still, so if any of you happen to read this shoot me an email.
tdesetti@outlook.com"
Tristan Desetti of Overland Park, KS, USA

"Always thinking of you."
Shane of NC

"The Man with the best Dr Evil impression ever we miss you brother. just sitting around here in North Carolina thinking about you."
SSgt Moody of Havelock NC

"Kane,
I cannot believe that it has been almost nine years already. I only had the opportunity to spend a little time with you before you joined the Military but I have never forgotten you and I never will. Bless you for your sacrifice and bravery."
Amanda C of Vancouver, WA

"I will never forget your humor, generosity and handsome smile- regardless of the years that pass. I will always remember the ultimate price you paid."
Patti Lundy of Vancouver, WA, USA

"So hard to believe you are gone, still after all these years. I can't go to my parents house and not see memories of you everywhere. As I see the kids all grown up now I see you looking down on them with a smile. Rick is getting married tomorrow, but you probably know that already. Her name is Katie and she is gorgeous and makes him very happy. They have a beautiful memorial at Fort Vancouver for you and a few other heroes we visit sometimes and reflect on the memories and you always bring laughter as well as tears. I thank you for watching over Rick and bringing him home safely to us after 4 deployments. Please watch over Nicholas as he is soon to follow. We love you and miss you and will always remember your sacrifice."
Diane Velazco of Vancouver Wa

"http://www.facebook.com/RIPKaneFunke Here is a link to anyone who wants to get in touch with kanes family and other friends! We all can talk to each other and tell stories about kane!"
Ashley of Montana

"I went to Infantry school with Kane spent a few weekeneds with him! Great guy, made the best of everything, all the will the staff making him be Dr. Evil! I wear his name on my wrist every day! God bless you brother, thank you for you sacrifice! #neverforget"
Taylor Johnson of Grapevine, TX

"To the friends and family of Kane Funke,

My name is Jon, but Kane and most of Echo Co. knew me as "Guts." I first met Kane in late 2003 here in 29 Palms and I thought he was hillarious because he introduced himself to me by doing his infamous Dr. Evil impression. The entire unit did not have too much liberty to include any weekends due to all the training we had to complete before being deployed in 2004, so I did not get to know Kane very well until we were on board FOB Hit. The 2 of us were unlucky enough to get stuck on the ever-dreadful "Oscar 1" or Observation Post (OP) from 0200-0600 so we had a lot of time to talk and we pretty much did during the four hours of not-so-much going on. On or about the third time of us being stuck together Kane said, "Hey Guts, they got you again huh? I know I'm here cause there's an M-240 here that an expert 0331 such as myself has to man, but I know you're one of several 0311's that hanging around; what's he deal?" So I told him that 3'rd platoon preferred to send a Designated Marksman to Oscar 1; they're way of telling me that the new guy gets the 0200-0600 shift. He laughed me and said I should be proud.

Looking back on the experience, I am glad I was on post with Kane all of those times and I learned a lot about him. I remember he had this whole river rafting/camping trip planned shortly after we were to return and he went into extreme details about it. My platoon (3rd) were the ones who escorted Kane and the rest of his crew back to FOB Hit after he left us and the one thing that couldn't escape my mind was the fact that he wouldn't be able to make the camping trip that he was planning for so long. I never saw it coming and I was absolutely shocked. Out of all of my friends that had died during the duration of the deployment, his death was the most hurtful to me and will remain one of my most painful memories. For some reason, I just never thought that Kane would have left us during that time. I could just see him coming home and going on his fishing/camping trip and keeping in touch with me throughout time. I surely thought I would have gone first before he. It also happened right before the company was leaving FOB Hit and to say that we were no longer overly excited to go home and were absolutely crushed from the loss of our dear friend was an understatement. I never did have the Hollywood homecoming nor felt the need for one.

Since then, I switched MOS's from 0311 to 4421 (Legal Services Specialist/Marine Paralegal) in 2007 and I have left active duty in 2011 but continue to serve in the Reserves and just got selected to SSgt. I work as an IT tech for MCCS as a civilian here in Twentynine Palms as well. Not a day goes by that I do not think about Kane and his sacrifice. After I came back from deployment, I was having a rough time with several things including losing my temper frequently, but during those tough times I would think to myself, "What would all of my friends who didn't make it back think about me and my actions right now? What would Kane say about me blowing something small out of proportion like his?" This kind of mentality has gotten me to where I am today and though I am not a millionaire, I have been married for 8 years, I have a 6 year-old daughter, I've got 5 months until I finish my Bachelor's degree and role into a Master's program, and life has been good overall. I will never forget Kane and will always remember the life lessons that he has taught me.

Semper Fi Brother.

Your friend from Oscar One,

Jon Guthrie A.K.A. Guts.

If anyone wants to say hi or ever need anything if you come back through Twentynine Palms (not that most of you will ever want to), I can be reached at jonguthrie@hotmail.com or jonathon.guthrie@usmc-mccs.org or jonathon.guthrie@usmc.mil (I can only view this .mil email account when I am doing my reserve days)."
Jon Guthrie of 29 Palms, CA

"Hey Kane when I heard the new's that you weren't with us anymore I was very sad person that day. Kane and I had class's together in High School and he was one of the nicest people I'v known. He would give the cloths off his back for you. To your family: I'm sorry for your loss he was a great man. He will always be in my thought's."
Rick Joynes of Vancouver, Wa USA

"Kane Funke it's SSgt Moody by know you have a head full of hair again and Jesus can't stop laughing. I will never forget you and it still seems like yesterday you where manning that 240G Machine Gun. I want your family to know they are being looked after by you. I know what a great man you are and that the streets of Heaven are being guarded by men like you..."
SSgt Moody of Havelock NC

"Kane,
I just want you to know that I still think of you often. I have worn a bracelet to remind me of you and share your story to alot of people. You taught me alot in the short time I knew you, skills I have used for years in the Army now. Thank you for all youve done, you are missed my friend. You are missed dearly."
1LT Jesh Rogers of FT Stewart GA

"Kane, I wish to this day that I could say Hello to you one more time, I still remember the night we met. If it wasnt for you that dance would of been LAME. I still remember the day I heard you were no longer with us, I coudnt beleive it, I didnt beleive it until I saw your picture on the news then i was hoping it was a dream but it wasnt. I will never forget you. You always cheered me up, not a day goes by where i dont think about you. I just wish I could see you one more time. I miss you very much. Until we meet again."
Leah of Vancouver, Washington

"I miss you man, it's seems like yesterday we were in wrestling practice or in the cafeteria grabbing some food. I wish you were still here with us, and we all appreciate everything you did for us. I will always keep you in my thoughts."
SGT Jones of Fort Knox, KY

"To the family of:Kane M. Funke
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga" 1-1-11"

"To Everyone here. you may find kanes page on facebook. It's not his actual page, but its where you can share photos and stories!"

"Dear Stephanie, I lost track of you, I am sorry. I hope you are hanging in there, I am trying too. Call me at 907-283-3389 or e-mail at morrisemma@yahoo.com. Take care, you are in my prayers and thoughts, Geri"
Geri Morris of Kenai,AK.

"Missing my wonderful son today.....big hole in my heart but I know you are up there looking down and watching over us- We will see you again some day... Love Mom"
Stephanie Funke of Kingston, WA

"Its been six years that i have been trying to figure out the exact words to say to you kane... and honestly i dont think i can find the right ones... I miss you so much man.... Your on my mind all the time.Not a day goes by that your name isnt floating in my head. The day you left us was the day my heart was crippled forever. I know i didnt know you that long as others did but you and i shared a special bond. Remember our first night in the fleet together man? How about those nights we use to just relax and talk out by the smoke pit? I remember the first time i met you; it was in receiving at SOI. You had one of those rare attitudes and approaches to life that made complicated things and situations simple. You had the rare ability to bring people together and help put diferances aside. I remember that morning you left us you brought all us Gun boots together together (even Barkon, yup, Barkon) and we sat on the roof watching the sun come up remebering you and missing you. Your courage was never questionable, you led and challenged us as boots. Remember How Hows?; we use to order the Steak and fries from a chinese place. You carried me through those hard times,you know what im talking about. I just wish i could have carried you through yours man.People come and go like the seasons in my life kane but you will always be with me brother. Just know that you will never be forgotten. Im here today because of you,im forever in your debt."
Mario Mena of Chicago, Illinois

"I miss you brother."
D.Pintor of Dallas, Tx

"D. Pintor- This is Stephanie Kane's Mom- my email is funkestephanie@yahoo.com- I would love to hear how you are doing and possible have a copy of your poem... thank you for leaving a message on Kane's site.
Sincerely,
Stephanie"
Stephanie Funke Sweeten of Kingston, WA

"To funke's family,
Still to this day kane is on my mind. From the first day he arrived to the palms to the night in August in iraq. I wrote a poem for you. It was published. Doesn't mean jack if you can't read it. I got the tattoo you drew for me done. I'm not much for words but to Kane's mom and his sister, knowing Kane Funke has changed my life for the better. Its taken me this long to say that. We miss you!"
D. Pintor of Dallas, Tx

"I leave for boot camp next month for marines and have thought about you more and more, and im starting to realize the sacrifice you made on a whole nother level. Your still in my heart and I cherish our times together, when we would wrestle, you were always stronger than me, and we both loved getting beat up in practice. Youre one of a kind. your wrestling brother."
Keawe Holt of Vancouver, WA

"you were like my step brother. you were always there when i need you. you always hung out with simeon. ill always remember you. i miss you so much."
Michaela parent of Libby mt,59923

"I never met you but you were a good friend of Kyles.I have heard sooo many stories from him. I wish I could have met you. Thank you for everything you. You'll never be forgotten by the ones who love and miss you so much."
DJ Pettersson of Vancouver, Wa

"Kane it's been a few years now since you have been able to come over to my house,I really miss you brother. It's just like yesterday we were bolth 17 and talking about the military. I miss you and I will love you forever my fallen brother."
SPC Chris Bruer of Vancouver Washington

"Kane.Buddy.Miss you.Love you. I was in Fort Campbell when I heard. Doing good. Married now. Before I got married the wedding ring I have, I had a dream I was with you holding your hand. and you gave the ring to me from your pocket and said use this. I miss and love you buddy. I will see you again.
Love Nick"
Nicholas Stocker of Vancouver, Washington

"I wnet to High School With Kane. I graduated in 04. We had classes together all the time. I remember it was fit to compete with coach smith or smitty as we called him. He was a big inspiration to me, specially when he came back after boot. I tied to join but was not allowed because of medical history. Yet, I wish with all my herat that I could have been over there, doing what I felt I had to do. I know Kane felt the same way. I want to send my thanks to him and the sacrafice that he gave, it still hurts. I want to thank everyone who has given their lives for the sake of their country. For Honor, For Courage, For Country. SEMPER FI!"
Brad "BJ"Brown of Vancouver, WA, USA

"Funke
Its me, McDonald your team leaer/ gunner. Sorry we had to go on the last mission. Your unselfishness that night no doubt saved my life. Other wise I would have been in that seat instead of you. I don't think I told you, but August 13, is my birthday. Yes, i did receive a purple heat that day as we both left for Camp Alisad, but as your family knows you gave all. You proved "uncommon valor was a common vitue" that day. I seen your family back at base after we returned as we hondered the fallen. I did not approach your family to tell them I knew you, and that I was with you right till the last second. Everyone encompassed them to inform them they knew you. I felt wrong in approaching them with my story. Funny thing is, I saw people up there talking away like you were friends that gave you a hard time before you left. I don't care that I said something here as much as I care that everyone that knew should know that your friends in 2/7 were really hurt, and upset when you were taken in combat that sad day. This is for your buddies until they discover this site for themselves and leave there own thoughts.
Take Care
Funke, and Funke's family"
McDonald of Wisconsin

"Hey Family your loved one Kane Funke was the funniest man I had ever known he had the best DR Evil empression ever. The night he died was horrible and i lost a great friend. the only thing i know is he is in heaven and he has a full head of hear ounce again. i remember kane telling me he got a funk in boot camp after they shaved his head. so in some spots his hair didnt grow back."
Sgt Moody of va

"To the family...
I am a marine in Iraq right now, im in 1st battalion 9th marines. I started attending poolee meetings at rss vancouver when i was in 8th or 9th grade. Kane was one of the finest young men that i ever knew, he befreinded me and encouraged me, even took me out to eat one time despite the fact he was several years older than me at the time. I didnt know him very well or for a very long time, but i will always remember his high spirits and great sense of humor. I was heartbroken when i heard from a mutual freind that was in the DEP when he was, what had happened and i just wanted to let you all know what an inspiration he has been for me over the past couple years during my service in the corps. I keep you in my thoughts and prayers."
Andrew hooper of Al anbar, Iraq

"July 1, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Kane M. Funke:
Kane gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Hey brother i remember all the good times and i know i will see you again at some point i miss you and love you
your lil sis
candace"
Candace Frahm of Vancouver, Wa

"Kane, I have fond memories rolling in the AAV through Iraq and you having a dip and a cig at the same time! I only had the privilege of knowing you for a short time and you always made me laugh and smile. I miss you man! Semper Fi!"
HM3 (FMF) Holzemer

"LCPL Funke,
We still have the guidon you made hanging in the Vancouver recruiting office as a constant reminder of the sacrifice you gave for your country and Corps.
Semper Fi"
MSgt Hieb of Vancouver, Wa

"Wow..today is March 25th, 2008 and I didn't even know this site existed. God bless google. I was Kane's cousin and though I did not know him and really only knew of him and the hero that he was, my heart has been touched forever. Stephanie, I think about you a lot and hope you are doing alright. You will always be in my prayers. Having a Marine brother for so many years (Cpt. David L. Ruiz, Ret) there is so much honor and love I feel for each one of these heroes. I attended Kane's funeral on my last day visiting Montana again and was blessed to have been there. It was truly beautiful and has touched me and my son Garrett forever. I'm moving back to Montana in July of this year and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again. God bless."
Linda Hinkel (Ruiz) of Orange, CA

"montana mauler...miss you brother"
Horse of 2/7

"When I heard the news that Kane had died in combat it broke my heart. I remember the first day I met him he walked into that JROTC room with his head held high and that big goofy smile he always carried on his face. He was a very dear friend to me and I still miss his encouraging way of letting people know you can do anything if you put your mind to it. I was Kane's Battalion Commander in JROTC and he had more heart than I anyone I've ever known. We spent coutless hours on buses heading for competions that he worked so hard to get to, I knew he would go far. He loved that Ranger team more than anything and was always striving to be best. Well he was!! Kane will always be in my thoughts. I made it home twice and he gave his life so others could live he will always and forever be my hero. I love and miss you Kane I hope that I'll see you again one day. You did your duty and you are loved and missed more than you'll ever know."
SGT Heather Decker US Army of Kalispell, MT

"Happy Birthday to my son, my hero...
Love Mom
Ashley and I love and miss you everyday, someday we will get to see you again......."
Stephanie Funke of Kalispell, MT

"We miss you Kane. I still constantly think of you and tell people about you all the time."
Christina Lindsay of San Diego, CA

"To Kane
i remember the day you walked into the Vancouver recruiting office and all we could say was WOW this kid is running on pure motivation! All the recruiters loved you and just thought you were the weirdest but coolest kid in the DEP..i remember you and the other DEP guys made your own guidon for all the DEPS going into the 03 field..and then i remember the look in your eye when you asked us to come out and play paintball with you guys..bro i loved ya to death but that look you had..i knew you had something up your sleeve...i was in Okinawa when i saw winkle and she told me the news..up until she actually said you had passed away i was saying to myself "Please say he got hurt anything other than he died"..but it was not meant to be..i went to my room and cried for a bit because it just hurt so bad that such a motivated kid as yourself had to go...but i know you went out fighting to the end...as i said before i feel for the angels up there right now getting shot up by paintballs...and you as moto as you are probably have the only set of digital cammie wings in all of heaven...take it easy Big Dawg you will be forever missed.."
The Former Sgt. Reaties of Sacramento, Ca..USA

"My dearest Kane! I want you to know that I am thinking about you alot lately. I have missed you alot lately too. I have a picture of you everywhere I go. Whether its work or home you are always there. My guardian angel. You have probably seen the heartaches I have been going through and I talk to you about them and I want you to know that I listen to everything you say because I can hear you in my heart. Its been almost 3 years since you left this part of life but I know that God needed you, and I have too much respect for him to be mad about him taking you away. I just thank God that you are always near me. Please watch over Rick. I haven't heard from him in a little while but I know that you are out there keeping him safe. He misses you too. He went to Iraq for you. Please calm his spirit. He needs you so much right now. I just had a moment to express to you what I am thinking and how I miss you. I will talk to you soon. Promise Chief! I love you.

~Squaw"
Cpl Krys N. Winkle (USMC) of 11th Marines, Camp Pendleton, CA

"I didn't know Kane very well, he was a friend of my friend Rick Burke. We attended Heritage High School.

After serving in the Marine Corps for four years, I have lost quite a few friends in Iraq and Afghanistan. Even though I didn't Kane very well, I still feel his loss.

It's because of people like Kane and other Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, and Airmen....that our country remains to be the hallmark of freedom and democracy.

Semper Fidelis"
Sgt. Ike Lomeli of Vancouver, Wa

"i know this is very late. Kane and i were great friends. we met in high school and competed against eachother every day. i never said it but i relay looked up to him. he left for the marines a year befor i did. i remember one day when he came back to school in his uniform. he walked around with the confidance of a king. I wanted that confidance!. i left for boot camp the next summer on 07/19/04, i had no idea that the number of graduates to be active duty would drop by one wile i was there. i cant tell you how much it hurt to know that i had lost another good friend. wile i was home on boot leave i attended the mamorial at Heritage high school. it took everything i had not to break down on the gym floor. i was given a picture of Kane from my counsler. it was laminated, and till this day i still keep the same picture of my good friend in my wallet. and nothing will make me take it out.he is a constant sorce of motivation and will always be a sorce of strength for me. he passed away doing the job i new had to be done. he was your family, and he was also a brother to countless others. i truly miss him. i am sory for all of the misspelled words in the message i have never been much for words. someday i would like to talk to his family once more

superpilotf15@yahoo.com"
Cpl. Howard C. Campbell of stationed Iwakuni Japan, curantly okanawa japan (home Vancouver WA)

"LCpl Kane Funke, You are not forgotten. I never met you, but I was with Krys Winkle in Okinawa the day she heard the sad news. You and your family left a significant impact on her. Almost two years later I still remember. To his family, you're all in my prayers!"
Cpl Lynsey E. Johnson of Cherry Point, NC

"Just wanted to stop by and show my appreciation for the service this young man has extended to his country. Im a veteran of the Iraq war myself, having served in the Army with the 101st Airborne Div. My moms side of the family has the last name Funke. I wonder if we were at all related to some degree. Anyways, I didnt know him but it allways sadden's me to see a fellow service man fall in combat. God bless him and his family.

Sincerly,
Spc Michael Benjey"
Michael Benjey of Michigan

"kane was more than one of my best freinds. we went through JROTC in kalispell Mt. when i heared that he had passed it broke my heart but also help. i had fallen into drugs and lost the way that me him and the rest of our freinds had tried so hard to build. but now i am recovered and part of it is a blessing from kane. Ill always remember when we were captains of the ranger team, we were never more proud. It felt like nothing could touch us. but no matter how manny battles we went through we will always be able to go back and be at Echo lake doing a paint ball war and sitting by a fire talking about when we get to be heroes. Kane my friend you made it. Hope i will see you at thoughs gates and once again we can run through the woods and be our own heroes again.
Bryan J. Goodloe
460 red Mt Dr.
grants pass OR 97526
formaly Kalispell Mt"
Bryan goodloe of Grants pass Or.

"December 22,2005.I was so proud being Kane's cousin because He is my hero how he fought so hard to make into this world and he fought for all of us to have freedom.anyone who will give his life for bllions of others you know for a fact is everything that we need in this world.I will never be able to put into words how i feel.all I know is that i miss kane so much and if i could i would make it so i could squeeze kane one more time and talk to him and play army with him and my brother.Merry Christmas Kane You are in our hearts.We Love You Kane!!!"
Kristen Funke of Ronan,MT

"I was so proud being Kane's cousin because He is my hero how he fought so hard to make into this world and he fought for all of us to have freedom.anyone who will give his life for bllions of others you know for a fact is everything that we need in this world.I will never be able to put into words how i feel.all I know is that i miss kane so much and if i could i would make it so i could squeeze kane one more time and talk to him and play army with him and my brother.We Love You Kane!!!"
Kristen Funke of Ronan,MT

"December 14, 2005... We were just reading the many wonderful messages left here. I return to a search on Kane's name now and then and I appreciate finding the many places to keep his memory and story alive. We knew Kane since he was 2 years old when his Mom married our son. Kane called us Grampa and Gramma and he was nothing short of a grandson to us. There are lots of fond memories and pictures in our minds as well as in our picture albums. We've never been quite the same since Kane was killed in Iraq, that day changed me forever, personally, and the way I react to things now is different. I had the pleasure of helping him get his drivers license, taught him how to pan for gold and most of all got to have many conversations, some around camp fires, about the Love that the Lord Jesus Christ has for him. As I continue to get older I find I have as many or maybe more friends in Heaven now than I do here on Earth. And I know that Kane is among them there. It's going to be a grand re-union one day. We're looking forward to that. Thanks for this site and the opportunity to leave a message. And thanks to all the others who serve and are serving to protect us and our country. Heroes for sure whether fallen or not but especially those to gave their lives so that we might be safe and free."
Joe L. Johnston of Astoria, Oregon USA

"To the family i Knew Kane in JROTC in kalispell I always thought what a good cadet he was. i can only imagine the type of Marine he was. I found out about Kane passing while i was in Phoenix Az. I was Debating joining the Marines. He was a deciding factor. He is greatly missed. Semper Fi"
PFC Dwight Smith of Twenty Nine palms Ca. United States of America

"Funke was a great guy, i only knew him for a short time when we were with Delta Company at the Marine School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton. Though i was not as close to some as him, he was a great guy, always found a way to make the entire company laugh, from his downright spot on impression of Doctor Evil to him just looking the part with his shaved head, "Funky" as we called him was a awsome guy, i remember hearing of his death just a week before i was comming home myself, and it was a much more difficult day for me than it could have been knowing he was no longer with us. Funke, brother, i'll always drink one for you buddy, and always remember you lovingly as the resident Dr.Evil we all knew and loved, i'll see you again in heaven some day, but not yet, not yet..."
Lcpl. Travis B. Johnson, 3/7 Lima Co. of Twentynine Palms, CA

"I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the Funke family, Kane was one of the greatest persons i have ever known. The world is truly a sadder place without him, he had a way of lighting a room up with his humor. It did not matter how bad you felt he somehow found a way to make you feel better, we will never forget what you have done for us Kane, R.I.P. "NEVER forget those we have lost""
Lcpl Patrick Mounts of 29 Palms, Ca

"Kane was a part of my everyday life. He was my sons best friend. Kane wasn't just another one of kids, he was the one who went around the house teaching respect and humor. He was so comfortable I would find him getting dinner in the kitchen in his tighty whitety's and socks. Oh what a sight.
Kane and Kyle(my son)went to sea cadet boot camp in camp parks California together. They were the only 2 from Vancouver. Kyle was so proud to be going with Kane, they stayed up all night getting ready.I think I took Kane back to his house like 6 times because he forgot something. Kane couldn't wait. Kane did so well there that he was an honored cadet. He recieved many ribbons from the cadet program. He always took the time to help the other cadets who needed it.
Kane had a huge heart and an even bigger spirit.
I miss his goofyness the most, his smile and his stomach. He could eat.
I miss everything about him. He taught our family alot.Their is not a day that goes by that he is not a part of my life.
He was a great marine, friend and son.
Stephanie and Ashley our prayers are with you always. Thank you for the gift of letting us have Kane in our lives, It was an honor.
All my Love"
Cathy Frahm-Yager of Vancouver, WA

"I knew Kane Funke for a very short period of time. For about 3-4 monthes. He came to the Civil Air Patrol (United States Air Force Auxiliary) a few years back and joined into the Basic Cadet Training Program in which I was the Cadet NCO Trainer. I knew from the first day that the program was going to have an excellent cadet enrolled in the program. Since I worked directly with the Cadet Basics I came to know L/CPL Funke closely and at the time we both were on our way to the Marine Corps so we shared several of the same ideas and interests. However though, his stay in the program was cut short abruptly when he heard about the Naval Sea Cadets in which he joined. It was an unfortunate loss to the Civil Air Patrol but he had his own ideas and found out the the Sea Cadet program would be more suitable for him. When I saw his picture and the headline in the newspaper I was in total shock. I just felt that I should submit this message to this site to let everyone know that a family has lost an excellent son, grandson, and relative, and that America has lost an outstanding soldier. But his life was not given up in vain. He now rests peacefully along with the thousands of heroes and commrades that have laid down their lives for our great country. Semper Fidelis Lance Corporol Kane Funke!"
Blake of Vancouver, WA

"Kane ,
I just wanted to tell you Happy Birthday !!! I miss you ...Love you lots ."
Stephanie L Ayala of Austin , Texas

""Funke was good guy and he always made people laugh, and damn he was a silly drunk, and he could drink quick, but still a good man. The last time I saw him was the last day of high school. Then he left for basic and I only found out yesterday that he died. How sad. The only thing him and Rick ever talked about was being good Marines. He was a good Marine, he died for country.
21Jun.2005""
SPC Nikiforov, Mark K., WAMC, Ft. Bragg of NC and Vancouver, WA

""I met Kane as a Sea Cadet. We both went to boot camp together at Camp Parks in Dublin, California. We were both assigned to Charlie Company. I know he remembers EA1 Marinelli.(lol) I am so sorry for your loss. I know how great of person Kane was and I know how great he was in the military. It didn't suprise me when I found out that he was a Marine. He was just that squared-away. I don't remember the last thing I said to Kane or the last time I thought about him but he has always been with me in my memories, in my boot camp pictures and now in my heart. Kane will always be a shipmate that I lost and I will remember him."
CPO Jonathan Kan, Moffett Squardron, USNSCC of Hayward, Ca. USA

"I remember first meeting Kane, it was in my senior year with him at heritage high school. since i was such a slacker in my freshman year i had to take an english class over again. When i walked in the door i saw another friend of mine sitting in the back with a couple of other guys (one being Kane), so i sat back there with the only person i knew in the class. We became pretty good buddies in that class. Then one day not too long after that first day of class, i saw him at one of my friends houses. Then we became really good buddies.
Before he left for training, we took a walk in the park nearby. He told me i was just the kind of girl he'd like to come back to. He wanted me to wait for him and he even asked if one day i'd marry him. I was hesitant. The thought of it being so soon and us not really knowing each other for too long kept me back. I really liked him a lot, but i was really scared of that kind of comittment so soon. I told I'd be here when he came back, but i couldn't make any promises.
The next day i think it was he was telling me that he wanted to hang out before he left. He had given me the hotel name and number so i could pick him up so we could go get dinner or something of the sort. But when i heard the rumor that he wasn't leaving right away like he had said, i didn't call the hotel thinking he would call me and let me know what was going on. I never heard from him or spoke to him since.
When i got a call one sunday afternoon, from my uncle, i didn't believe him. I grabbed a news paper from the porch and looked for myself in horror when i read the words "Local Hero Fallen." i was in shock. I just stood there. my mom asked me what was wrong, and i couldnt talk. i went straight back to work for a different copy of the news paper to find the same things. i was completely devestated, even moreso when i read that the memorial was to be held in a different state.
The thing that haunts me most is the last time i talked to him he told me he wanted me to go to the marine's office to find out where he was stationed so i could write to him. I didn't. And i didn't get to see him off either. I miss him so much every day. and i blame myself for never getting to say good bye. It hurts even more to think of how young he was when he died.
to the funke family, i am deeply sorry for your tremendous loss, and sadness. and i fully regret not being able to stay in his life longer than i did.
penguingirl04@hotmail.com"
Rebecca L. Edie of Vancouver, WA

"You meant so much to me Kane, and you still do. I will never forget your voice and how you always made me smile. It was so hard to not be able to say goodbye to you one last time, but I know you're in Heaven smiling down on us. We all miss you dearly, you were truely an Angel sent from above. I thank God for giving me the chance to get to know such a sweet and caring guy. You will never be forgotten, a mark has been placed on all of our hearts. God Bless. Hpnotiqueen@aol.com"
Christina Lindsay of Placentia, Ca

"I JUST FELT THE NEED TO EXPRESS MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES.

I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS FOR KANE M FUNKE FAMILY.

WE ARE SO SORRY FOR YOU LOST,WE KNOW YOUR PAIN.

WE LOST ANOTHER MARINE 1ST LT OSCAR JIMENEZ.

I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND THE PAIN YOU ARE GOING THRU.

GOD BLESS AMERICA.

FAMILY JIMENEZ,OF WASHINGTON SEATTLE"

"I JUST FELT THE NEED TO EXPRESS MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES.

I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS FOR KANE M FUNKE FAMILY.

WE ARE SO SORRY FOR YOU LOST,WE KNOW YOUR PAIN.

WE LOST ANOTHER MARINE 1ST LT OSCAR JIMENEZ.

I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND THE PAIN YOU ARE GOING THRU.

GOD BLESS AMERICA.

FAMILY JIMENEZ,OF WASHINGTON SEATTLE"

"I JUST FELT THE NEED TO EXPRESS MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES.

I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS FOR KANE M FUNKE FAMILY.

WE ARE SO SORRY FOR YOU LOST,WE KNOW YOUR PAIN.

WE LOST ANOTHER MARINE 1ST LT OSCAR JIMENEZ.

I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND THE PAIN YOU ARE GOING THRU.

GOD BLESS AMERICA.

FAMILY JIMENEZ,OF WASHINGTON SEATTLE"

"I knew kane for a very short time at heritage. we always use to joke because i was going into the NAVY but he went to the marines. he always was there for me like a brother . he told me what i wanted to hear not what i should hear. i remeber the last word i said to him was GOOD LUCK AT BASIC TRAINING. i wish i could of said more i'll never forgett you KANE. if any body knows of his burial site or memiorals please email at Capt06@hotmail.com"
j.r. Erecacho of westfield,ma

"I knew kane for a very short time at heritage. we always use to joke because i was going into the NAVY but he went to the marines. he always was there for me like a brother . he told me what i wanted to hear not what i should hear. i remeber the last word i said to him was GOOD LUCK AT BASIC TRAINING. i wish i could of said more i'll never forgett you KANE. if any body knows of his burial site or memiorals please email at Capt06@hotmail.com"
j.r. Erecacho of westfield,ma

"My cousin was a great guy. Of course everyone knows that. It was nice having him and his sister around so much when I was younger. Kane and I were the same age so we could relate pretty well to eachother. I have so many unforgettable childhood memories of him. I'd go see him and Ashley in Kalispell and they'd be beating eachother up. I'd just watch not wanting to get into the middle of it while they were rolling around on the floor. Then they'd laugh about it. We talked about drawing a lot too. Something he loved. He had a great sense of humor. He'd laugh at the smallest things most people would overlook. He could find happiness in just about everything. He could always bring a smile to your face without even trying. I'm very proud of him. Grateful that he was a part of my life. I wasn't able to see him as much as I would've liked when we got older. But we were still family. We still are. I'll never forget him or the sacrifice he made. He'll always be with us, in our hearts... I want to thank everybody for your wonderful messages. Kane touched so many lives. I am also very proud of Ashley, Kane's sister. She has been so strong through all of this. She's managed to keep her sense of humor and remember the happy times, a lot like Kane. He's proud of you, just as you are of him. You guys are so much alike. I love you both very much."
Alicia Funke of Polson, MT.

"I met Kane when we were in the sixth grade. We became really good friends the summer after the seventh grade. We loved to go fishing together, watch movies and paintball among many other things. He was the brother I never had. Hes the funniest guy ive ever known but even though he loved having fun he cared about his family and friends more than anything and he would do anything for them. He was always their for me. I didnt know what to say or do when he told me he was going to Iraq. It made me sad. Now hes my GUARDIAN ANGEL! I know for sure he's around us all, and hes still doing all that is in his power to protect his family and friends. He's the greatest person I know. So dont ever forget the wonderfull times we shared with him along with all the great things hes done in his life. In loving memory of my super hero Kane M. Funke. I love you Kane and nothing will ever be the same without you!"
Simeon Parent of Kalispell, MT United States

"I first met Kane in a class at Heritage High School. Fit to compete was a Physical Education class. Kane knew how to make me laugh right away. Well he kind of has his smooth ways with me. He gave me hugs, kinda flirted in a cute little way. I liked Kane, alot.about 3 weeks after knowing him, i saw him after school walking through a parking lot. I got out of my car and called for him to come over to me, he just smiled then walked over to me. We talked for about 10 mins. and thats when Kane told me that he liked me. and he leaned in and gave me a little kiss. Little but it meant so much, i didnt know itd be meaning so much more to me 3 years later. Kane told me that he was going to be going to Iraq....a few weeks before he left. I was worried but i knew he loved doing what he did and i tried to keep my mind off of it. Well he came back to Heritage to say hi told old friends and teachers before leaving for iraq. He was so handsome in that suit. he cleaned up so nice. I saw him when he was standing out in front of the school and i was so happy, i was trying to make him notice me but because he didnt i said i would just go to class real quick to set my stuff down and then i would go back to him and get another one of them hugs he gave. Well when i got back to the front of the school he had left. 8 months later im sitting in a gym with the whole student body of heritage high school watching a slide show of him knowing he was gone. I hate myself for ever passing him by. if i wouldnt of passed him by to put my stuff in class i coulda saw him one more time. He was by far the best boyfriend any girl could ever ask for. i dated him for maybe 2-3 months and it was the happiest 2-3 months of my life. Im sorry Kane that i passed by. Im sorry i didnt get to say goodbye to you before you left for iraq. I promise you when i see you again...i wont pass you by. :( RIP. to the family of Kane, Im sorry i never really got to meet anyone while i was dating him. Im so sorry for this loss. whatever you did while raising him, you did it well because Kane was by far, the most polite gentleman i have ever met. you couldnt of done it better. He really changed my life. he was a miracle man. Im so sorry for all the pain you guys must be feeling. i pray for you and i cry for him every night. be strong you guys will be okay. Goodbye Kane."
Melissa M. Winter of Washington State

"I knew Kane in High School. He came to Prairie High School one class period a day to attend Air Force JROTC. He only went there for a year, but I have never met a more honorable and fun-loving man in my life. We were friends for a while, though lost contact when the school year ended. Our country lost an amazing man, but his service to our country will never be forgotten. My love and prayers go out to the Funke Family. Thank you for raising such a fine young man and thank you for letting him serve for our country."
Meghan Corcoran of Vancouver, Washington

"Kane, I still think of you. I remember the day I walked you into that Marine Corps recruiting station for the first time. Being a Marine myself I could tell what each of the Naval Sea Cadets in my unit was made of. You were special and I knew you had what it took to become one of my band of brothers as a US MARINE. You represent an excellent example of who we are- "The Few, The Proud" and you rest among the bravest men and women in the world.

I will never forget you L/Cpl Funke I am very proud to have been apart of your life for the short moment in time we had together in this life.

SEMPER FIDELIS"
Mr Pat Edwards (Kane's USNSCC Executive Officer) of Portland, Oregon

"Thinking back in time, I remember Kane as the little boy his mother brought up to the house I was building overlooking Flathead Lake in Montana. I never really got to know the fine young man he had grown to become. However, from my recent conversations with his mother, I have realized he was following a dream. You see he had already achieved what some never find, that is a direction and purpose in life. Following his dream, he joined the Marines and set out on his mission to protect us all. I canít begin to express how I feel over his sacrifice. I can only say he and his family will always be on my mind in my heart."
Ken Langston of Redding, CA.

"I was very proud to be kane's sister, even though i was only his half sister. It really didn't seem that way though. We had our fights, we had our good times together. I still remember pulling him around by his hair at the playground at elementary school. Also, I remember watching him run into ever wall and/or door. I still wish that i could have done more stuff with him before he died. But i guess i can when it is my time too."
Ashley Johnston of Kalispell, MT

"Kane was a wonderful guy, I was his girlfriend for a year before he joined the marines. We were still very close afterwards. I feel very lucky to have spent the time I did with him, and he will always be in my families and my own heart. God bless him and his family."
Rebekah Dockery of Acworth, Georgia

"I met Kane in my Junior year at Heritage high school. He was the kind of guy who didn't care about popularity and all of the other trivial things that high school can bring. Kane looked at everyone and just liked them for who they were, no judgements, and thats how I think a lot of people remember him. Kane always seemed to be happy, and he knew just how to cheer you up too. He was fun loving, and carefree, always up for a laugh. He is still up in heaven smiling right now. When I heard the news of what had happened, like everyone else, I was stunned. Kane is a hero to us all. He wasn't just in it for the tuition, or to look for a new direction. Being a Marine, and serving his country truly was what he wanted to do, and he did just that. We love you Kane, you are an inspiration to us all."
Shenee' Bell of Vancouver, Washington United States of America

"To the parents of Kane Funke. Your sons death has touched our family in Illinois. We had sent Kane a care package with the basic day to day supplies that a soldier needs. When we heard of Kane's death we were shocked in disbelief. We have prayed for Kane to enter Heaven to meet his creater. We will never forget your son. We love him and think about him daily. God bless your in your loss."
Tom and Tay Parpan of Elmhurst, IL

"I just wanted to tell anyone who knew Kane , If you need someone to talk to . I am here . sepherrellie@yahoo.com"
Stephanie L. Ayala of Austin , Texas

"Thank you Kane , I miss you and love you so much ......
I can't even think of any words that could describe my love for you . You came into my life when I needed you the most and gave me the most joy anyone could experience . Even though your not here next to me , you will always be in my heart . You were so many things to so many people . No one will forget what a wonderful man you were . I still have our conversation on the computer and your messages on my phone , I can't bring myself to stop looking at them or stop listening to them . Everywhere I go I see you .. something is always there that reminds me of you . I miss right before we'd hang up the way you would say " I Love You " . I loved you so much from the first day we started talking and no matter what happens in my life , that will never change . I wrote this poem for you the day of your funeral :
* You got your wings and flew away
* I know we'll meet again someday
* Your in my heart
* You'll always be
* Our love is there eternally
* Even though you're not here
* Your love for life won't disappear
* It lives on in us everyday
* You're always here
* Here to stay

Friends and Family of Kane .... May god bless you and help you through this hard time ."
Stephanie L. Ayala of Austin , Texas

"I cannot describe the grief I feel for the loss of a man I considered a brother. During high school and up until we went our separete ways in the Marine Corps, Kane was a constant presence in my life. We was a kind, gentle, but most of all funny person. I think it would be a vain attempt to find someone who knew Kane and did not like him. He truly loved being a Marine and will forever be remembered as one. I will miss him deeply and only hope my strength of charcter will match his own some day."
LCpl Rick Burke

"I would like to thank everyone who wrote something for my son Kane Funke. He will leave a huge hole in my heart forever. He was a true gift from God, he is my hero.
Stephanie Funke (Proud Marine Mom)
info@bigskyproperties.com"
Stephanie Funke of Kalispell, MT 59901

"To the friends and family of Kane. I did not know Kane, but I am from Vancouver, WA and deployed overseas myself. I have been continuously impressed with these brave young men and women that I proudly serve with. I was saddened by the news that someone from my hometown was KIA. I will not let anybody in Vancouver ever forget the sacrafices he, and your family, has made so that we can live in a great town and a free country. Like here in Afghanistan, there are people in Iraq (who you won't see on the news) who thank us everyday for freeing their country and giving them a new hope for the future. Kane helped those Iraqis and believe when I say, they appreciate his sacrafice."
SSG Scott Holmes of Eastern Afghanistan (via my home town of Vancouver, WA)

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Kane M. Funke,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca

"To my dearest Kane, I know that you were doing what you loved and couldn't have been happier serving your country and providing freedom to those who were home and you loved. I miss you. I wish that the gap between heaven and earth could so much smaller so I could feel you and your presence again. I now serve where you left off, I will carry your strength and commitment to all those around me. There are no words to describe my love for you and I only hope that I can stand by you in the next life along with all our brothers and sisters in the corps. I love you so much and can't wait to see you again. Stay close to me and watch me, and I will watch your family in a physical form so you won't have to be worried about a thing. Be smart, be safe and I will meet you there soon.

To Kane's family, I mourn with you over the loss of the greatest man, Marine and friend I have ever known. His heart was so big he couldn't help but share with everyone. I am honored to serve in the same corps as him and only hope that I can carry the weight that he had on his back in war. He is with us all, and he lives through us. So I will live everyday knowing that he is right next to me pushing me to finish my run just like he did when he was here by my side. I will keep him in my heart. Thank you for giving him to the world and the Marine Corps we are better for having him and heaven can enjoy his sweet spirit now. And we will make it live here. God bless and Semper Fidelis."
PFC Krys N. Winkle of Okinawa, Japan (Vancouver, Wa)

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Kane, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Kane was like one of our own children while he was here in Vancouver. His loss has been devistating to all who knew him. He was kind, considerate generous and courtious to all. Kane and my son joined the delayed entry program together and were the best of friends. We traveled to Montana for his funeral to pay our respects to him and his family. There was over 400 people in attendence, some of whom traveled great distances to be there. That should tell everyone what kind of person that he was. Once you met his family it was easy to see why he became the man that he was. He was proud to be a Marine and defend our freedom and the freedom of the Iraqi people. He knew why he was there and he served with honor. He is now and forever our hero. The world is definitely a lesser place know that he is gone, but all who know him are bestowed with a sense of humanity we either never had or lost somewhere along the way. Because of Kane we all learned how to be a kinder and better people from him. He treated everyone the way they should be treated and made you want to be a better person. Our love goes out to Stephanie and Ashley. Kane is with God and the angels where I'm sure even heaven has been improved by his spirit. Let us all never forget the sacrifices of all of our fallen heroes, All gave some, but some gave all."
Diane Velazco of Vancouver, Washington

"I heard from my son in Iraq on Sat Aug 14. He said, I just heard that one of my buddies from training died yesterday. I asked him what is it that you miss him for? He said, "Funke made us laugh; he was always smiling and he was good to be around with."

My son and our family feel your loss and are praying for the Funke family. Kane, You are a hero to my family and your life is precious to God and to us."
Y. Valadez of Aurora, Ill

"I cannot even describe the grief that I feel at this moment!! I new Kane while he was part of my delayed entry program in Vancouver WA. I feel I have lost my own son. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of Kanes family. He truly was a warrior, I can only say I would trade places with him in a minute if there was a way. I truly loved your son and was proud to say I had the pleasure of meeting him and to call him my brother.."
SSGT MARONE of OKINAWA

"We extend our deepest sympathy in your time of pain and loss. We will never forget the sacrifice he made for America."
The Crochet Family of Chauvin, LA

"Very thankful for your son's service. an deeply sadden by his lost. He truely, was more then a son, soldier and hero! HE HAS TOUCHED MANY MANY LIVES. AN ALL WILL REMEMBER HIM IN THEIR OWN SPECIAL WAY.FROM THE wAHL FAMILY TO YOUR'S. OUR HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOU. Not easy losing a a love one, more so in this conflict. We lost our son, so we understand your pain. God Bless!"
leonard wahl of valley stream ny

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude.
May G-d provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten.
A grateful citizen and a Proud Marine Mom,"
Lily of Wakefield MA

"Corporal Funke, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"To Kane's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"To the family of Kane Funke;

Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. Kane is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to this country. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time."
The McClain family---azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"To Kane's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Kane Funke, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Kane Funke:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Kane for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Kane Funke:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Kane, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on