Flags lowered this week for Otsego soldier

9:16 PM, Feb 4, 2013   |    comments
Sgt. Mark Schoonhoven of Plainwell (U.S. Army photo)
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OTSEGO, Mich. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. flags lowered Thursday for the funeral of a 38-year-old western Michigan soldier who was fatally injured in an insurgent attack in Afghanistan.

The remains of Sgt. Mark Schoonhoven arrived Monday at the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport, then went in a 21-mile motorcade to Otsego. Mlive.com says 1,500 U.S. flags flew along the route.

His funeral Mass is at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Otsego. Visitation is 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Winkel Funeral Home in Otsego.

Schoonhoven came from Plainwell and enlisted in 2006. He was part of a unit out of Fort Carson, Colo.

He was wounded Dec. 15 and died Jan. 20 at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

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