MUNSTER | Photos flashed on a large screen Tuesday night inside St. Thomas More Church, showing moments from childhood to adulthood of Army Staff Sgt. David Nowaczyk.
Those images and the ones attached to photo boards in the church, of Nowaczyk with family and friends, helped tell the story of his 32 years of life.
Based out of Fort Carson in Colorado, Nowaczyk was a 1997 Lake Central High School graduate. He was killed April 15 while serving his third tour in Afghanistan. His vehicle was struck by an enemy improvised explosive device.
At his wake Tuesday, music played while mourners passed his casket, which was draped in an American flag.
Outside in the rain, members of the Patriot Guard wrapped around the main entrance of the church, stepping away to escort people to and from their cars, under the shield of umbrellas.
Nowaczyk's funeral will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church, 8501 Calumet Ave.
After the funeral, the motorcade will continue south on Calumet Avenue. The procession is expected to reach Dyer about 11:30 a.m.
Cars will turn east on U.S. 30 and continue to Memory Lane Memorial Park and Funeral Chapel, 6305 W. Lincoln Highway, Schererville.
The McKinley Masonic Lodge has established a memorial fund for his family. Donations can be made at any BMO Harris Bank branch, under the name David Nowaczyk Memorial Fund.