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Soldier’s funeral set for Saturday

Guardsman’s unit based in Lawrence

March 1, 2006

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— A funeral Mass is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday in Dodge City for a Kansas Army National Guard soldier who died in Iraq.

The Mass for Jessie Davila will be at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the state adjutant general's office said Tuesday.

Davila, a 29-year-old Greensburg resident, died when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle Feb. 20. He was a member of Company A, 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry, which deployed about 500 soldiers to Iraq last fall. Company A is based in Lawrence.

Davila was promoted from specialist to sergeant after his death.

Davila is the 25th Kansan to die in Iraq and the fourth member of Kansas National Guard.

From the Lawrence area, three service members have been killed in Iraq. Army Spc. Lucas Frantz, 22, of Tonganoxie, died Oct. 18; Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher B. Wasser, 21, of Ottawa, died April 8, 2004; and Army Sgt. Jacob Butler, 24, of Wellsville, died April 1, 2003. Butler was the first Kansas soldier killed in Iraq.

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