A 27-year-old soldier from north-central Iowa has died in Iraq. Staff Sergeant Mark Wall died last Thursday in Mosul where he’d been deployed. Wall apparently collapsed and died while he was at his Army base. Wall was a 1997 graduate of Alden High School.

Wall joined an Iowa Falls unit of the Iowa National Guard, attended classes at Ellsworth Community College, then joined the active-duty Army in May of 2000. He was deployed to Iraq in August of last year.

Wall is survived by his parents; two brothers, Tony Wall and James Wall, both of Alden; sister Carissa Meierdierks and her husband, Eric, of Bloomington, Minn.; and two nieces and a nephew.

The funeral is planned for Saturday at the Alden United Methodist Church.