Heartland soldier will be laid to rest Thursday

The streets of Milan were filled with heavy hearts Tuesday afternoon as a Heartland soldier returned home to be laid to rest.

While a Heartland family is preparing to say goodbye to their loved, his community was also preparing to say goodbye to a Heartland hero who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, the Patriot Guard Riders escorted the body of PFC Jonathon Michael Dean Hostetter from Kansas City to Milan.

Hostetter, 20, of Humphreys, was a soldier in the United States Army serving in Afghanistan where he was killed in action on August 23, 2013.

People were lined up on city streets with American flags saluting and welcoming their hero home.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at First Christian Church in Milan. The burial will follow at White Oak Cemetery just south of Milan.

Visitation will be be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff statewide on Thursday in honor of Hostetter.

Due to Hostetter's funeral, Milan C-2 Schools will be released early on Thursday at 11:45 a.m.

Memorial contributions are suggested to a Linn County school scholarship fund, in care of Hostetter's parents, Mike and Lisa Hostetter.

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