Services set for Lebanon soldier & father killed in Afghanistan

Lebanon soldier & father killed in Afghanistan

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - Funeral arrangements have been set for a Lebanon soldier killed in Afghanistan.

Sgt. First Class Estle, who was 38, was killed on Saturday and is survived by his wife and three children.

The visitation will be held on Monday, August 6th from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Cornerstone Church of God in Lebanon. Funeral services will be at the same church on Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Burial with Military Honors will follow in the Deerfield Cemetery, located in South Lebanon.

Estle's father-in-law Richard Marston told FOX19 the military man had moved his family back to the Tri-state area from New York within the last year.

"He said 'I don't think I'm going to make it back on this next tour'," Marston recalled of a conversation Estle had with his wife.

He says despite all of the worry underneath, his wife would not acknowledge the possibility of losing the family soldier.

"She just said 'Bobby, you make it home, you come home' and he said 'When I do will you hand me a big pot of sausage gravy? And she said 'Yeah, yeah'," Marston recalled, chocking up. "He was just a good man."

Family members say Sgt. First Class Bobby Estle was shot in the abdomen while serving his fourth tour of duty.

They also say Estle was only ten days away from a planned trip home as a short break during his tour.

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