Oklahoma Soldier Commits Suicide After Deployment

Friday, April 24th 2009, 4:42 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma National Guard soldier has committed suicide after being deployed in Iraq.

Ada Police Chief Mike Miller said Friday that Matthew Earl Eppler, 26, of Ada, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Tuesday. A police report indicates that his wife found his body in
the bedroom of their home in Ada.

He was currently serving with the Army National Guard and had served one year in Iraq. He had attended Francis and Byng schools.

Services for Eppler are set Saturday at Criswell Funeral Home Chapel in Ada. Burial follows at Rosedale Cemetery. Full military honors will be conducted at the cemetery.

Eppler is survived by his wife and their 2-year-old son. A benefit account has been set up for them at Citizen's Bank of Ada.