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Funeral services set for fallen Southern Illinois soldier

U.S. Army Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt of Tamaroa, Ill., died Saturday, Nov. 12 from injuries inflicted by an improvised explosive device in Bagram, Afghanistan. Iubelt was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas.
U.S. Army Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt of Tamaroa, Ill., died Saturday, Nov. 12 from injuries inflicted by an improvised explosive device in Bagram, Afghanistan. Iubelt was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas. AP

Funeral services for a Southern Illinois man who was killed last Saturday in Afghanistan have been set.

According to Perry County Sheriff Steve Bareis, the remains of Army Pfc. Tyler Iubelt will fly into Scott Air Force Base at 10 a.m. Monday. He will then be escorted to Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin. Iubelt’s visitation is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Searby Funeral Home, 130 S. Washington St., Du Quoin. Funeral services are at First Baptist Church, 104 N. Washington, in Du Quoin at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will be at Sunset Park in Du Quoin.

Iubelt, 20, died Saturday of injuries inflicted by an improvised explosive device at Bagram Airfield. Two American contractors also died in the explosion Saturday morning, and 16 U.S. service members and one Polish soldier were wounded.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which it said was carried out by a suicide bomber inside the base. Bagram is widely considered the safest and most secure area in Afghanistan. The attacker was dressed as a laborer when he blew himself up.

According to his obituary, Iubelt was a 2015 graduate of Pinckneyville High School. He attended Tamaroa Grade School and played baseball there. He enjoyed duck hunting, fishing and grilling.

He married Shelby A. Crews on Oct. 30, 2015, in Nashville, Ill. She survives along with their 6-month old daughter, Violet, both of DuQuoin. He is also survived by his parents and many other family members.

Memorials can be made to the education fund for Violet Iubelt with donations made to Shelby Iubelt. They will be accepted at the funeral home.

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