Clovis News Journal
By David Stevens
January 12, 2016
Devin Schuette wanted a challenge.Courtesy photo Devin Schuette, 35, 'always did everything100 percent,' said his mother, Karen Alexander.Courtesy photo
That’s why he joined the Army as an infantryman in 1999 after graduating House High School.
“He loved his country and he loved the Army,” said his mother, Karen Alexander of Clovis.
“He was very proud to be in the military. He was very well respected and he was very respectful.”
Staff Sgt. Schuette’s life will be remembered Thursday when services are held at Fort Hood, Texas, where he was stationed when he died Jan. 3.
Officials said his body was found in a vehicle near the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area. The cause of his death has not been officially released, but Schuette’s mother said her son took his own life.
“He suffered from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder),” she said. “Just a lot of emotional and physical stress, and he just decided he couldn’t handle it anymore.”
Alexander said Schuette, 35, was home with family in Clovis during the Thanksgiving holiday, but showed no signs of any worries.
An Army news release reported Schuette was deployed to Iraq three different times, between 2003 and 2009.
Alexander said Schuette chose to die at the lake because, “It was quiet … pretty. He loved the outdoors.”
He left a note, she said, expressing love for his wife, their children, other family and for his country and the Army.
“But he felt like he was broken,” she said.
Schuette is survived by his wife, Tannie, and three children.
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