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Funeral arrangements set for fallen Marine

U.S. Marine Cpt. Nathan McHone

U.S. Marine Cpt. Nathan McHone

Funeral arrangements have been announced for a Crystal Lake Marine who died last week in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

Nathan McHone was one of six Marines who died Jan. 19 in a helicopter accident during combat operations in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand.

The visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 932 S. McHenry Ave., Crystal Lake. Overflow parking for the service will be available at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 1023 McHenry Ave.

McHone will be buried in Windridge Memorial Park Cemetery in Cary.

Instead of flowers, the family has asked for donations to The Capt. Nathan R. McHone Memorial Scholarship Fund. Donations can be sent to Crystal Lake Bank & Trust, 5100 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. They can also be sent to the United Services Organization, 211 Wilson Blvd., Ste. 1200, Arlington, VA 22201, or to Friends of the Fallen, P.O. Box 2081, Dover Air Force Base, DE 19902.

McHone joined the Marines in 2005. As a CH-35D Sea Stallion helicopter pilot, he became part of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, also known as the Lucky Red Lions, in October 2009. This was his second deployment to Afghanistan.

The squadron, based out of Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, was deployed to the area in August in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

McHone received several personal awards while in the military, including two Air Medals and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He is a 2001 graduate of Crystal Lake South High School.

McHone is survived by his parents, Ronald and Sylvia; his brother Ben of Syracuse, N.Y.; his sister Stephanie Oduro of St. Louis, Mo.; and paternal grandparents Robert and Irene McHone.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Grant and Helen Smith.

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