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Funeral Services Set for Soldiers

Funeral Services Set for Soldiers Click to Enlarge Photo: Image by Charles Thompson from Pixabay

(KNSI) - Services are set for the three Minnesota National Guardsmen who died in a helicopter crash on Thursday.

28-year-old Sergeant Kort Plantenberg's funeral is coming up Thursday, December 12, at Saint John's Abbey Church in Collegeville at 1 p.m. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service.

According to his obituary, Plantenberg "graduated from Albany Area High School in 2009 and from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2013 with a degree in criminology, then went to work as a correctional officer with the Stearns County Sheriff's Department.

His sense of service and dreams of flying inspired Kort to enlist in the Minnesota Army National Guard March 1, 2016, as an aircraft electrician. Sgt. Plantenberg served a nine-month deployment with the Guard's Company C, 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion in Kuwait, where the unit provided aerial medical evacuation."

Plantenberg was born in St. Cloud, graduated from Albany Area High School, and currently lived in Avon.

28-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 2 James Rogers was born in Madelia in southern Minnesota but lived in Winstead at the time of the crash.

Visitation for Rogers will be at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted on Saturday, December 14, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. and one hour prior to his funeral, which is set for 1 p.m. Sunday, December 15 at Howard Lake Waverly Winstead High School. Rogers will be buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

30-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 2 Charles Nord's visitation will be held Sunday, December 15 the from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a prayer service at 3 p.m. Visitation will continue on Monday, December 16 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. followed by his funeral at 11 a.m. at Perham High School. Nord was born in Breckenridge and currently lived in Perham with his wife and two-year-old daughter. The Nord family also has another baby on the way.

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