Colin G. Knight, 34, son of Amir and Sandy Pambechy, passed away Aug. 29 in Syracuse, N.Y. He retired honorably from the U.S. Army Aug. 2. He grew up at Lake Lotawana, Mo., near Kansas City and was a 1993 graduate of Lee's Summit High School. Colin was a Kansas City Chiefs ball boy under Coach Marty Schottenheimer for four years. He attended the University of Illinois and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from The University of Missouri at Kansas City.
Colin was a member of the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division, Special Operations, Fort Drum, N.Y. He was a cavalry scout. While serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, he spent 15 months - August 2006 - November 2007 - in Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned as a team leader to Task Force Vigilance to provide security for Camp Victory. He was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Life Savers, Cavalry Scout Order of the Spur and Combat Action Badge.
Colin leaves his parents, Sandy and Amir Pambechy of Keystone, his sister, Andrea Pambechy, of Dallas, and his wife Patricia of Syracuse, N.Y. He will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. A chapel service and graveside burial with full military honors will take place Nov. 17.
The family suggests contributions in Colin's name to the Rotary Club of Summit County Charitable Fund. The Rotary Club Troop Support Program provides care packages to our Summit County soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Every 6-12 weeks, multiple care packages arrive for these men and women. Colin was the recipient of this show of support during his
15-month tour of duty in Iraq. The soldiers share with their units. It is a constant reminder of home for our soldiers in harm's way.
Your tax-deductible donation may be sent to: Rotary Club of Summit County Charitable Fund (denote Troop Support on check) P.O. Box 4401, Frisco CO 80443.