Fond du lac area residents made time on a busy Friday night to pay their respects to a Fond du lac soldier who died in a tragic drowning accident near his Texas army base. The body of Rob VandeZande junior arrived in Milwaukee Friday evening and received a military-law enforcement escort to Fond du lac and through downtown Fond du Lac to the funeral home. VandeZande drowned last Saturday while swimming with some army buddies at a lake in New Mexico not far from the Fort Bliss, Texas army base where he was stationed. Chris Browning served in the Army with VandeZande and the two were good friends since high school. "I just can't believe he's gone. I have all these fond memories, just hanging out and having long converstations with him," Browning told WFDL news. "I just wish I could give him a hug." Kevin Draves doesn't know the VandeZande family...but says he came out to pay his respects. "I'm happy to see the people here. These gentlemen do a lot for us, its something we take for granted every day and never realize it until you don't have them anymore." Visitation will be held from 2pm to 8pm Monday at the Uecker Witt funeral home. Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday.