Staff Sgt. Robert Traxel in a photo provided by his family.
St. Louis County, MO (KSDK) - A Missouri National Guardsman who died in Guatemala last week was laid to rest Thursday.
The family of Staff Sgt. Robert J. Traxel of Union, Missouri told NewsChannel 5 he died in a helicopter accident July 2 while on a humanitarian mission in Guatemala.
Traxel, 34, was videotaping a takeoff when the chopper clipped a tree, which caused a branch to hit him in the head.
He is survived by a wife and four children.
Traxel's funeral was held Thursday at Kutis Funeral Home on Lemay Ferry. He was then buried in Union.
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.