U.S. Army Pfc David A. Wilkey Jr., 22, family resides in Elkhart, Indiana.
He was in a Humvee convoy in Iraq on Monday, June 18, 2007 when he was killed by a roadside bomb. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas.
He spent his younger years in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and graduated from Elkhart's Jimtown High School. He worked with his father at Plastic Components in that city for several years before joining the military and being deployed to the Baghdad area, his family said.
"He had decided that this was the best way to support his family," Margaret Wilkey of Elkhart, the soldier's stepmother said. He was married to Melinda Wilkey and had two children, stepson Christian, 4, and son Blayke, 1. A third child was due in October, Margaret Wilkey said. The soldier had been based out of Fort Riley, Kan., and nearby Clay Center was his most recent home.
A memorial service is planned at Fort Riley and Wilkey will be buried in the Upper Peninsula, where his mother lives.