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Funeral today for well-known missionary killed in Guatemala

Funeral services will be held today in Guatemala for a former Milwaukee priest who spent 20 months in prison for burning draft records during the Vietnam War.

Larry Rosebaugh, 74, was shot to death Monday by masked gunmen while he and three other missionaries were riding in a car to a meeting.

In 1968, Rosebaugh and 13 others stole thousands of military draft records from Milwaukee's Selective Service office and set them on fire. They became known as the Milwaukee 14.

Rosebaugh was born in Appleton. He taught in high schools in both Duluth and Chicago before moving to Milwaukee at the height of the Vietnam War in 1968.

Rosebaugh was part of a group that gave shelter to homeless women and children, when he decided he wanted to take a non-violent stand against the war. The fire was the result of that.

After his prison time, Rosebaugh went to Latin America to serve the poor. He and a Mennonite lay worker were arrested in Brazil in 1977, and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter went to see them.

Rosebaugh had spent about the last decade as a missionary in Guatemala.

Friends said he ministered to poor seniors, kids with AIDS and crime victims.