North Dakota National Guard Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk receives a flag to present to family members during the burial of Sgt. 1st Class Darren Linde on Tuesday in Sidney, Mont.

National Guard soldier laid to rest: Linde remembered as prankster, family man


SIDNEY, Mont. -- More than 600 people gathered Tuesday to celebrate the life of North Dakota National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Darren Linde, who was remembered as much as a prankster and family man as a decorated soldier and hero.

"I decided God took Darren from us because heaven was getting too boring," his wife, Adrienne Linde, said during the funeral in Linde's hometown of Sidney. "They needed a practical jokester."

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.