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Valrico funeral for fallen lieutenant to be held Saturday, Riverview burial to follow

RIVERVIEW — Army 1st Lt. Ivan D. Lechowich, whose remains were returned to his family Thursday, will be buried Saturday in Riverview.

Lechowich, 27, died on Sept. 28 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany after sustaining injuries from an improvised explosive device in the Ghanzi Province of Afghanistan. A funeral mass of the Christian Burial will be held Saturday at St. Stephen Catholic Church, 5043 Bell Shoals Road.

A burial with Military Honors will then take place at Serenity Meadows Memorial Park, in Riverview.

Lechowich, a King High School alum, was killed just days after his daughter, Natalie Marie was born.

A procession to honor Lechowich was held Thursday. The procession wound its way from MacDill Airforce Base and along the streets of downtown Tampa. Dozens turned out to support the fallen lieutenant.

Valrico funeral for fallen lieutenant to be held Saturday, Riverview burial to follow 10/14/11 [Last modified: Friday, October 14, 2011 11:56am]

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