KEWANEE, Ill. — A Henry County soldier’s funeral will be Saturday at the school he attended as a student.
Sgt. Schuyler Patch’s funeral will be at 1 p.m. in the gymnasium at Kewanee Wethersfield High School-Middle School, with burial at Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee. The gym will be open at 9 a.m. for family and friends. Arrangements are being handled by Schueneman and Tumbleson Funeral Home.
Patch, 25, of Galva, Ill., and Sgt. Scott Stream, 39, of Mattoon, Ill., were killed in Kandahar on Feb. 24. Patch was assigned to the Illinois National Guard’s Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Battalion, 106th Cavalry, based in Kewanee. Stream is assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry, based in Effingham.
Patch graduated from Wethersfield High School in 2002 and his parents and sister live in Kewanee.
Patch enlisted in the Oklahoma National Guard in March 2005, then transferred to the Illinois Army National Guard in November 2007. He was on his second deployment to Afghanistan. His unit arrived in December 2008. He was also deployed to Afghanistan from June 2006 to May 2007. He was posthumously promoted from specialist to the rank of sergeant.
Stream and Patch are the 22nd and 23rd Illinois soldiers killed since operations started in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2002.
The Patriot Guard Riders will accompany Patch’s body Thursday from the Quad-City International Airport in Moline to Kewanee, Ill. The procession will go from the airport, south on U.S. 150, east on Illinois 81 to Kewanee.