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Services set for soldier from Jefferson County killed in Afghanistan

Services set for soldier from Jefferson County killed in Afghanistan

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Funeral services have been set for a Jefferson County soldier who was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday.

A visitation for Sgt. James R. Ide V will be held Sept. 10 at De Soto High School from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A funeral service at the school will begin at 10 a.m. on Sept. 11. Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Ide, 32, joined the Army after graduating from De Soto High in 1997. He loved animals, family members said, and he became the handler of a bomb-sniffing dog. Ide was certified to train the dogs and other dog handlers.

He was working with his dog, a Belgian Malinois named Daphne, Sunday in Afghanistan's volatile Helmand province when his unit was attacked. He died of wounds from small-arms fire, according to the Department of Defense.

He was assigned to the 230th Military Police Company, 95th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Sembach, Germany. He had previously served a tour of duty in Korea and two tours in Iraq.

Ide's wife, Mandy, and two children, Trinity, 7, and James, 16 months, live in Germany.

Memorial donations may be made to the James R. Ide Living Trust, 2839 Meyer Road, Festus, MO 63028.

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