Celebration of Life Planned for Specialist Dohrenwend

Batavia, Ohio.  Yellow ribbons, American flags, and business marquees thanking Army Specialist Jacob Dohrenwend for his service to our country are prominent in Milford and surrounding communities today as family and friends prepare a Celebration of Life ceremony for the 20-year-old Milford High School graduate, who died of non-combat injuries while stationed in Balad, Iraq on June 21, 2010.

Specialist Dohrenwend's body will be returned to the area later this week.  A processional will then travel from Lunken Airport, along Wilmer Avenue onto Beechmont Avenue, merging on SR 32, heading left on Church Street/Newtown Road, right on Wooster Pike/SR 50 into Milford, to the Craver-Riggs Funeral Home, located at 529 Main Street in Milford.

Visitation is set for 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday (July 2) in the Great Hall at Milford First United Methodist Church, located at 541 Main Street.  On Saturday (July 3), the community is invited to attend a 10 a.m. Celebration of Life ceremony at the church, also in the Great Hall.  In addition to a slide show and special music, Specialist Dohrenwend's parents, 13-year-old brother, and seven of his friends will take part in the ceremony.

The family has requested that memorials be made to the following: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.iava.org), 292 Madison Avenue - 10th Floor, New York, N.Y.  10017, donate@iava.org or call (212) 982-9699; the Wounded Warrior Project (www.WoundedWarriorProject.org), 7020 AC Skinner Pkwy. - Suite 100, Jacksonville, Fla. 32256; Impact a Hero (www.ImpactAHero.org.), 8044 Montgomery Road - Suite 700, Cincinnati, Oh. 45236, info@impactplayer.org or call (513) 792-4070.