Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered that all flags in Iowa be flown at half staff beginning at 5 p.m. today until 8 a.m. Monday in honor of Sgt. James Skalberg Jr., 25, originally of Emerson.
Sgt. Skalberg was killed in Afghanistan while serving on active duty in the U.S. Army on Wednesday, June 27, when an improvised explosive device detonated near the vehicle he was driving. He was one of two soldiers killed in the explosion.
Sgt. Skalberg is survived by his wife, Jessica Skalberg; his son, Carter; his parents, James and Kelli Skalberg Sr.; sister, Spring Skalberg; and grandparents, Bonnie and John Stephens and Karen Brewer.
A funeral service is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1101 Summit St., in Red Oak. Visition with the family is set at the church from 4 to 8 p.m. today. A graveside service will be held at Emerson Cemetery west of Red Oak following the funeral.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Carter Skalberg Education Fund, 705 E. Corning St., Red Oak, Iowa 51566.
The governor's directive applies to all flags on state facilities. Individuals, businesses and other governmental units are asked to comply as a sign of respect.