BURNETT COUNTY/MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Funeral services have been set for a 26-year-old Danbury man whose body was found last Thursday, Sept. 8, in the Cumberland River in Tennessee.
Sgt. Ryan A. Estridge, son of Rick and Terri Estridge, of Danbury, and a 2009 graduate of Webster High School, was an infantryman with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), out of Fort Campbell.
His funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 18, at The Northwoods Crossing Event Center in Siren. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, Hwy. 35, in the Town of Blaine, north of Riverside. Arrangements are entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster and online condolences may be expressed at swedberg-taylor.com.
In a letter dated Friday, Sept. 8, the U.S. Army stated “Sgt. Estridge was a fantastic soldier and leader. He was a true warrior, respected by all who were fortunate enough to know him. He will be missed but never forgotten.”
A memorial at service Fort Campbell, Ky., will take place in the near future, the letter states.
The clarksvillenow.com news site reports that Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency Director Jerry Buchannan said he had not spoken with the two men who found the body but it was his understanding that they were the father and brother of Sgt. Estridge.
Emergency personnel had been searching for the missing soldier since he disappeared on the night of Friday, Sept. 1, in the fast-moving Red River, allegedly after an altercation with another man in a parking lot on North Riverside Drive.
Rescue personnel with Clarksville Fire Rescue, Montgomery County Emergency Medical Services, and Emergency Management Agency were involved in the search. – Gary King