Funeral services held Tuesday for local fallen soldier

Funeral services held Tuesday for local fallen soldier

EXPORT, Pa. — Funeral services for a soldier from Export who was killed in Afghanistan were held Tuesday morning.

Sgt. Jason McClary, 24, was injured by an improvised explosive device in Andar District, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, on Nov. 27. He died Dec. 2 at a hospital in Landstuhl, Germany.

“My brother was definitely a hero. He loved doing what he did and worked hard doing what he did," McClary's brother Jeffrey Ritter said.

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McClary is survived by his wife, Lillie, and two sons.

“Before he would deploy, they would almost say their goodbyes, he knew it was possible. I think the rest of us willingly denied it was possible," Ritter said.

Lillie McClary said her husband suffered a massive stroke after coming into contact with the IED while on patrol.

Visitation took place Monday at Cornerstone Ministries in Export, where funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. A procession escorted McClary to his final resting place.

McClary was buried with full military honors at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Cecil Township.

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McClary was assigned to 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.

Three other service members -- including 25-year-old Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin, of Beaver County -- were killed in the explosion that killed Sgt. Jason McClary. Two others were wounded.