A former employee at thermoformer Plastic Components Inc. in Elkhart, Ind., died Monday in Iraq, killed by a roadside bomb. U.S. Army Spc. David Wilkey Jr., 22, was married with two children, and a third due in October. He had joined the military in January 2006, after after being laid off from the company. Wilkey joined Plastic Components after he graduated from high school in 2003. His father, David Wilkey Sr., still works there, according to this story from the Elkhart Truth (registration required). Wilkey Sr. was informed of the death on Monday, at the company, according to the story. (Here's an Associated Press version of the story). The story describes Wilkey Jr. as "an avid fisherman and hunter," who had been based out of Fort Riley, Kan. A memorial service is planned at Fort Riley, and burial eventually will take place in the Powers, Mich., area, on the Upper Peninsula, where he grew up.
Former plastics worker killed in Iraq
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