22-year-old Conneaut soldier killed in training honored, remembered at funeral service

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CONNEAUT, Ohio — People have gathered together Saturday afternoon to remember and honor a soldier from Conneaut who lost his life in a training accident last month.

U.S. Army Sgt. Thomas Cole Walker, 22, along with two other soldiers, was killed on October 20 at Fort Stewart in Georgia, when their armored vehicle fell from a bridge and landed upside down in water.

Walker had served in the Army since 2016.

A funeral service honoring Walker’s life and service began at 2 p.m. at New Leaf United Methodist Church in Conneaut.

Two processions will be held in his honor. One took place from the sanctuary to the area where his military service is taking place and the other will be the color guard putting the flag draped coffin into the hearse before it leaves the church.

In lieu of flowers, Walker’s family says contributions may be made to Feed Our Vets, 433 Center St., Ashtabula, OH, 44004, or directly at www.feedourvets.org, please specify “Walker Family Ashtabula County Ohio” in remarks.

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