Remembering Spc. Robert Wayne Ellis

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Specialist Robert Wayne Ellis was killed in Afghanistan last month. Hundreds of people came out to his memorial service at South Hills Church Monday.

A giant American flag flew over South Hills Church. Honor guards lined the walk approaching the sanctuary. As friends and family remembered the young man they lost.

To us, he is a hero. Specialist Robert Ellis put his life on the line for our freedom.

To his family, he's Robby.

"In these moments, there's no expression that can be put together to truly describe the anguish felt by a mother or father at the loss of their son," said a family member speaking at the service.

The faces of friends and family tell the story of a life cut short.
A soldier remembered for his humbleness, dedication to duty, and love for family.

"Robby was a very approachable individual and I think it's because of his love for Christ," says Bill Dupignach, Robby's pastor of eight years.

Bill had only cherished memories of the 21 year-old born and raised in Kennewick.

"I'm not just praising his life, but I'm praising his eternity now also, because of that hope," he says.

His body was taken to Mueller's cemetery for a final goodbye.

"He didn't expect anything. He didn't expect any rewards. He didn't expect any fame. And I think that just speaks volumes to who he was and how he led his life," says Robert's Cousin Katie.

His family hopes you'll never forget the sacrifice he made for us all.

"It's just been an honor to even be related and to even know him," Katie added.

Specialist Robert Ellis is survived by his parents and brother. He was a 2010 graduate of Kennewick High.