UMATILLA - McNary Heights Elementary School will host a public celebration of life Sunday for Joshua Tillery, an Oregon Soldier killed in Iraq last month. Tillery's mother, Paula Trueax, lives in Irrigon and is kindergarten teacher at McNary Heights. Roger Trueax, Tillery's step-father, works at the Umatilla Chemical Depot.

Tillery died in a helicopter crash Jan. 26.

The gathering will include pictures, a video and a remembrance time for family and friends. The event lasts from 2 p.m to 4 p.m. in the McNary Heights cafeteria, located at 120 E. Columbia Boulevard in Umatilla.

- Eric Florip

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