NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Marine Cpl. Shawn Sickels, 22, a 2007 graduate of Indian Valley High School in Gnadenhutten, was found dead early Thursday, March 31 in his barracks at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

The U.S. Marine Corps is investigating his death, and an autopsy was planned to determine his cause of death.

His body was escorted back home to New Philadelphia by the military on Tuesday, April 5.

His body was flown from Camp Lejeune, N.C., to Akron-Canton Airport. Plans called for his family to be escorted by the Patriot Guard to the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home and Crematory in New Philadelphia.

The procession traveled Interstate 77 south to Route 39 and east two miles to the downtown square of New Philadelphia. Then on to Broadway, east on Fair Avenue to Second Street, and then south past the funeral home and onto E. High Avenue. Members of the military honor guard carried Sickels into the funeral home.

Calling hours were Thursday, April 7 at the funeral home. Funeral services were Friday, April 8 in the New Life Church of God, Dover. Cremation will take place.

He, reportedly, had just 12 days to go before he left the Marines. Cpl. Sickels was a field artillery cannoneer with the 3rd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division.

He had been in the Marines for four years, having been to eight different countries, including Afghanistan. He joined the Marines because he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, who also served in the Marines.

Sickels is the son of Marie Haynes and Steve Sickels of New Philadelphia. He has two brothers, Stevie and Shane; and one sister, Sadie Gibson of Port Washington.

Memories of Cpl. Sickels are being shared at the funeral home's website,