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ROLLA, Mo. - The remains of U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy Owens returned home Friday afternoon.

Owens served in Iraq and Kuwait but died on American soil last week when a gunman at Fort Hood went on a shooting rampage.

Three thousand flags line the streets of Rolla, Mo. where Owens grew up. He went to high school in Rolla, where he wrestled and was a wide receiver. He also met his future wife in the town. On Saturday, he will be laid to rest in the town.

Married for less than a year, Billy Owens stoically stood as her husband began his final journey. The Patriot Guard riders escorted the family on the long ride home from St. Louis.

Owens served 10 years in the Army and had just re-enlisted for another six. His mom said he planned to make the military his career.

The funeral service will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Rolla.

A memorial service in Effingham, Ill. where he was born and where his mother lives, is planned for Friday night.

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