PHILADELPHIA -

A nephew of an Allentown soldier who died in a plane crash in Europe more than six decades ago said the family is grateful his remains have been identified and can be laid to rest.

Services are slated in New Jersey this week for Staff Sgt. Zoltan Dobovich, who died along with seven others in the Nov. 1, 1946 crash of a B-17 in the French-Italian alps.

Dobovich's remains were recently identified through DNA and were returned Monday to family members in a ceremony at Philadelphia International Airport.

Carlton Dobovich told The Philadelphia Inquirer that his late father and his uncle were very close as boys. He said it feels good to know that "we'll have him close so we can visit him."