Sgt. Jakob J. Roelli, 24, of Darlington, Wis., died Sep. 21, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked their unit with small arms fire. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan. He was born the son of Richard Roelli and Dawn (Gill) Lacy. Jake was member of First Baptist Church in Darlington. He was 13 when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and chose to be baptized. Jake attended Darlington High School, where he was active in the theater and a member of the wrestling, football, and cross country teams. In 2006, he graduated from high school and continued his education at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. In 2007, Jake joined the United States Army. Following basic training Jake went into the Infantry; he later received Special Forces training, and was then deployed as an Infantryman to Afghanistan in 2011. Jake is survived by his father: Richard Roelli of rural Darlington; his mother: Dawn (Chris) Lacy of Fort Davis, TX; one brother: Matthew (Eryn) Roelli; one niece: Olivia all of Verona, WI; his fiancée; Caitlin Pixler of Manhattan, KS; his maternal grandfather: Robert Gill of rural Shullsburg, WI; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother: Margery Gill on October 21, 1996; and his paternal grandparents: Edwin Roelli on October 26, 2006 and Anne Roelli on November 6, 2007.
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