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Body of second WI Fort Hood victim back in Wisconsin

WONEWOC (WKOW) -- A small Juneau County community remembers the second Wisconsin soldier killed at Fort Hood.

The other Wisconsin soldier to die during the attack on November 5 was Staff Sgt. Amy Krueger.  A funeral for Krueger was held Saturday at Kiel High School. 


Captain Russell Seager's body arrived home Saturday morning.

The 51-year-old most recently lived in Racine, but the Army Reservist wanted to be buried in Wonewoc, where his family had roots.

As the military motorcade arrived from Volk Field, there was nothing but an emotional silence in Wonewoc, as the body of Army Reserve Captain Russell Seager arrived home.

Master Sergeant Charles Swift, with the Army Reserve, says, "He was a dear friend and will be dearly missed as a co worker.. and as a soldier."

Family and friends looked on, remembering who he was as a person, fondly called "Rusty."

Nancy Ennis, Seager's cousin, says, "He was a wonderful person. He just wanted to do good and help people.. and it's just a tragedy."

Military colleagues saluted Seager, who last worked as a nurse practitioner at the VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.

Swift adds, "That's when I really started to get to know him. I knew him for about four years.. and became a really good friend.. and co worker. Everyone at the hospital enjoyed his presence."

Captain Darcie Greuel, also with the Army Reserves, says, "I remember when he was hired at the VA. He was ecstatic. It was like almost a dream come true for him."

Seager worked specifically with veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

Greuel says, "He was really really looking forward to the mission. A few times he came up to my office and we talked about it. He was real excited to serve his country and go overseas."

A mission now cut short.. by an act his cousin still struggles to understand.

Ennis adds, "I could have seen something like this happening over in Afghanistan or Iraq.. but not on American soil.. it's not right."

Captain Seager will be buried in this Pine Eden Cemetery in Wonewoc, near his mother.

Seager leaves behind a wife and 20-year-old son.

His funeral will be Monday afternoon.

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