Tyler Fey planned to attend vocational school when he returned home from his second tour in Iraq in August.
"He was a happy and lovable kid," said his aunt, Linda Barrick, who added that he liked snowboarding. "He loved life."
Cpl. Fey, 22, was killed by hostile fire in Iraq''s Anbar province on April 4.
A combat engineer from Eden Prairie, Minn., he was based at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He graduated from high school in Richfield, Minn.
Jerry Zahn, a longtime neighbor of the Feys, coached Tyler in youth baseball.
Tyler "was a very energetic kid," Zahn said. "And when he came back from his first tour in Iraq, he was a real grownup kid. He learned something over there."
"He was a kind and sweet kid. He was proud of his decision to be in the service and serve as a combat engineer," said his cousin, Char Loving.
Survivors include his parents, Cheryl and Richard Fey.