Keith Shea Jr.
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Funeral services planned for Northern Kentucky soldier

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FLORENCE, Ky. – A Northern Kentucky family is mourning the loss of their hero.

Staff. Sgt. Keith Shea Jr. died Monday at Fort Bragg, a large U.S. Army installation in Cumberland, Harnett and Moore counties in North Carolina. The cause of his death was not released.

The 26-year-old was a member of the Army Airborne and attending Special Forces School. He was also an infantry member who served two tours of duty, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.

She was a 2006 graduate of Boone County High School in Florence, Ky., where he played baseball and was center on the football team. Shea’s family says he will be remembered for “his contagious smile, his carefree personality and his willingness to always help others.”

Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Stith Funeral Home, 75000 U.S. Route 42 in Florence, Ky. Shea will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to the Yellow Ribbon Foundation, 8170 Corporate Park Dr., #145, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45242. Online condolences may be made at

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