Funeral services will be Wednesday for fallen Marine Lance Cpl. Dale Means, 23, who was born in Burnsville and graduated from New Prague High School in 2007. He was killed on Nov. 18 by an improvised explosive device in southern Helmand province, the Department of Defense reported.
Means married his wife Andrea, also a 2007 New Prague graduate, in October 2011, WCCO reported. The couple lived off-base at Camp Lejeune, in North Carolina where Means was stationed.
Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered flags to fly at half-staff across the state on Wednesday, WCCO says.
A visitation is planned for 4 p.m. on Tuesday at the Bruzek Funeral Home. A funeral service is planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of St. Patrick of Cedar Lake in St. Patrick, his obituary says.
Means was riding in the second vehicle in a 15-vehicle convoy when his truck hit a roadside bomb, his sister, JoLyn Means told the Star Tribune.
Means was funny, kind-hearted and honest, his friends told the newspaper. They described him as a "gearhead" who loved riding anything with a motor – or tinkering with them. "We love loud trucks, big tires and playing in the mud. We rode four-wheelers. We rode snowmobiles," one friend said.