Staff Sgt. Robert Traxel died while filming a helicopter takeoff.

8:22 AM, Jul 10, 2012   |    comments
Staff Sgt. Robert Traxel in a photo provided by his family.
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St. Louis County (KSDK) -- Funeral arrangments have been set for a Missouri National Guard soldier who died while on a humanitarian mission to Guatemala.

Staff Sgt. Robert Traxel filed video news reports for the National Guard. Less than three days after he posted his last story online, his family says he was killed in a helicopter accident.

Traxel's aunt says the family was told the 34-year-old was videotaping a takeoff on July 2, 2012, when the chopper clipped a tree caused a branch to hit him in the head.

Traxel leaves behind a wife and four children.


Visitation for Staff Sgt. Traxel will be Wednesday, July 11, 2012, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Kutis Funeral Home, 5255 Lemay Ferry Road, Mehlville, MO.

Staff Sgt. Traxel's funeral service will be Thursday, July 12, 2012, also at Kutis Funeral Home.

The Traxel Children Memorial Fund has been established for Staff Sgt. Traxel's four children at River Region Credit Union, 3608 West Truman Boulevard in Jefferson City. Donations may be sent to the attention of Dana Alderman.

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