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A funeral service will be Thursday for a U.S. Army civilian employee who died over the weekend after a short bout with liver cancer, officials said Wednesday.

For the past five years, John James Bomberger worked in Hanau, Germany, for the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Directorate. Before that, he spent 16 years at Fort Myer, Va. Until his illness, the 55-year-old was the nonappropriated fund business manager for U.S. Army Garrison Hessen.

“He was a really good person,” said Silvia Berglund, the MWR director for USAG Hessen. “We will miss him.”

Bomberger, who died Saturday, was an outgoing individual who often volunteered in the community, whether for youth sports or as a member of the community theater, Berglund said.

Bomberger is survived by his wife, Barbara, his son, Marcus, and daughter, Katherine.

Thursday’s funeral service begins at 10 a.m. at the Church of Christ the King, Sebastian-Rinz-Strasse 22, in Frankfurt.

Airman found not guilty of illegal use of cocaineRAF MILDENHALL, England — A 100th Air Refueling Wing airman was found not guilty in a court-martial Tuesday of illegal use of cocaine.

Airman 1st Class Joshua Patke stood trial on the charge that he used cocaine between April and May of this year, according to the 100th Judge Advocate General’s Office.

Patke’s legal victory comes on the heels of a guilty plea entered by a fellow 100th Air Refueling Wing airman for the illegal use of cocaine. Airman 1st Class Brian R. Sloppy on Monday was sentenced to two months of confinement as well as reduction in rank to airman.


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