After his mother died in a car accident when he was 2, Timothy J. Sutton quickly pitched in to help his widower dad.
"He was a great big support for me," Phil Sutton said. "Once he got old enough to realize what was going on and all the problems in my life, he stepped up and picked a role and said, ''Here''s what we need to do. The past is gone, and you can''t change it. Just go on with life.'' "
Sutton, 22, of Springfield, Mo., died July 11 in Baghdad when his vehicle hit a land mine. He was assigned to Fort Carson.
The 2001 high school graduate had spent two years studying drafting and design at Ozarks Technical Community College before joining the Army.
"The artist''s eye _ he had that gift," said Richard Faber, a computer-aided drafting instructor at the college. "He turned out to be one of my best students."
Sutton''s first tour in Iraq ended in May 2004, giving him time to get married and teach his new wife, Angela, one of his favorite pastimes _ hunting.
"He was a fun-loving person, very easy to get along with. He''d bend over backwards to do whatever he could for you to try to help you out," said his father.