Area Residents Pay Respects to Soldier

The route to Midlawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Union, was lined with local Boy Scouts and residents who paid their respects to Sgt. Robert J. Traxel, 34, Union. Traxel died July 2 while performing training duties in support of the Beyond the Horizon Guatemala 2012 exercise. Although from the southern St. Louis County area, he and his wife recently had bought a house in Union. A motorcade escorted Traxel's body to the cemetery.