Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 6, 2006, for 1st Sgt. Tobias C. Meister, a Jenks, Okla., soldier killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan Dec. 28, 2005.
Services were held at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Jenks. Burial followed at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens in Broken Arrow, Okla.
A decorated U.S. Army soldier who was honored as the nation's top Army Reserve drill sergeant in 2002, Meister was killed Dec. 28, 2005, in Asadabad, Afghanistan, when a roadside bomb detonated near the Humvee in which he was traveling, military officials said.
Meister, 30, became part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in 2005. He was assigned to the 321st Civil Affairs Brigade, San Antonio, Texas.
When his term as a drill sergeant ended, he transferred to the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Comman (Airborne).
Meister served as team leader of an 18-soldier unit providing support for Afghanistan's first free elections, in addition to many other functions.
Tobias C. Meister was born Nov. 24, 1975, at Kingsley, the son of David and Judy Meister. He joined the National Guard in 1992, two years before graduating from Remsen-Union High School, Remsen.
He was also a fourth-degree black belt in tae kwan do, a Golden Gloves boxing champion and an undefeated kickboxer.
Meister was previously employed by a Tulsa oil and gas firm, Horizon Natural Resources, after obtaining a business administration degree, with a concentration in international business, from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Survivors include his wife, Alicia, and 1-year-old son, William, and parents, David and Judy Meister, all of Jenks, Okla.; a brother, Tim Meister and his wife, Angie, and their son, Dakota, of Naples, Fla.; his paternal grandmother, Dorothy Meister of Lawton; his maternal grandmother, June Corbin, of Moville; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
The David Meister family formerly resided in the Kingsley and Remsen, communities prior to moving to Oklahoma.
A memorial fund has been established to assist Meister's family. Contributions may be made, in person or by mail, to:
1st Sgt. Tobias C. Meister Memorial Fund
12345 S. Memorial Drive, Suite 117
Bixby, OK 74008