NEWPORT — The funeral for Army Pfc. Tyler M. Springmann, the 19-year-old from Hartland who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, will be a week from today in the same high school gymnasium where he graduated.

Springmann, a 2010 graduate of Nokomis Regional High School, died Sunday while patrolling in Kandahar province.

Family members said Thursday that a military funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday, July 29. Crosby & Neal Funeral Homes, of Newport, is in charge of arrangements.

Ben Martin of Hartland, Springmann’s stepfather, said the funeral will be in the gym to accommodate an expected large crowd.

“We wanted to make sure that everyone can fit in and Nokomis volunteered to let us use the gym,” Martin said. “We’re honored they let us have the services there.”

Martin said school officials, including Principal Mary Nadeau, have been “an awesome help.”

Following the funeral, Springmann will be buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Dexter. Martin said Springmann will be buried beside his grandmother, great-grandmother and three uncles.

In addition to Martin, family members include Springmann’s wife of five and a half months, Brittney; his mother, Tina Stratton of Hartland, two brothers and a sister, and his father, Army Staff Sgt. Robert Springmann, who was in Afghanistan when his son was killed and escorted the remains back to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

Family members have remembered Springmann as a courageous young man who wanted to follow his father’s footsteps in the military. Springmann attended Nokomis his junior and senior year and he also attended the building trades program at Tri-County Technical Center in Dexter, where he was remembered by his instructor as an optimistic, witty kid who was interested in carpentry and looking forward to military service.

Scott Monroe — 861-9239

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