U.P. Native Killed in Iraq

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An Army soldier born in Michigan's Upper Peninsula was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq, the Department of Defense and family members said Tuesday.

Spc. David Anthony Wilkey Jr., 22, died Monday from wounds suffered the previous day when a roadside bomb blew up near his unit in Baghdad, the Pentagon said. Wilkey was riding in a Humvee convoy, said his father, David Wilkey Sr. of Elkhart, Ind.

Wilkey Jr. was born in Norway, Mich., and grew up in Wilson, his father said. As a teenager, he moved to Elkhart, where he graduated from Jimtown High School.

He worked with his father at Plastic Components Inc. for several years before joining the Army and being deployed to Iraq, family members said.

"He's going to be missed," David Wilkey Sr. said. "He's made a lot of friends."

Wilkey was married and had a 1-year-old son and a 4-year-old stepson. His wife is expecting another child in October.

Wilkey was based out of Fort Riley, Kan., and nearby Clay Center was his most recent home. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.

A memorial service is planned at Fort Riley. Wilkey will be buried in Powers, Mich., in the area where he grew up, his family said.

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