DRY RIDGE, Ky. (AP) - Friends and family members of a northern Kentucky soldier killed in Iraq remembered him as a family man who lived to serve others at a memorial service yesterday.
Sergeant First Class William Zapfe was laid to rest next to his father at Hill Crest Cemetery in Dry Ridge. The 35-year-old Zapfe was killed last month when the vehicle he was in ran over an improvised explosive device in Muhammad al Ali, Iraq. Zapfe was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division based at Fort Stewart, Georgia.
Zapfe was born in Covington and joined the Army in 1991, serving the last 12 years at Fort Stewart, working as a combat engineer. He met his wife while stationed at Fort Knox where he did tank training. The couple have three children.
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