WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Corporal Nathaniel Ordway was one of three Marines killed in a tragic training accident off of the Australian coast August 5. Family, friends, and many others gathered to celebrate his life at Hartman Arena Saturday.
Ordway’s family invited the public to share in the celebration of life. Nathan’s favorite music was also played during the ceremony in addition to a Tae Kwon Do demonstration, one of Nathan’s other loves.
“The things I want Nathan to be remembered for is his laugh, his stories, his love for his family, his hugs, his kind soul,” his mother Kat Reed Ordway shared at the podium.
Repeatedly, it was shared that Nathan was raised by all women, many remarking of his tender-hearted nature.
“I have to say, one of the things I loved about Nathan was how personable he was,” roommate Cpl. Tyler Gartin shared.
Gartin was given the honor of escorting Ordway’s remains back stateside. The two were roommates at their base in Okinawa, Japan. Gartin’s past week and a half was spent alongside Nathan’s remains. Ordway’s mother made it clear, she wanted “her other son”, Gartin, to bring Nathan’s remains home.
“I was very glad that we were able to bring him home. There was cause for concern that that would not be available, and I’m just glad we were able to bring him home and his family was able to get closure as well as myself,” Cpl. Gartin said.