Lonny Wells was a father of five who loved taking his children to the movies or on walks. But his family says he was still a kid at heart himself.
The last time his mother, Yvonne Lynn Wells, heard from him in a letter in September, he included a special request for Kool-Aid. She sent him a dozen packages.
Wells, 29, of Vandergrift, Pa., was killed Nov. 9 in an explosion in Fallujah. He was stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Wells'' mother said it was a her son''s dream to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who were veterans of Vietnam and World War II, respectively.
"Ever since he was 8 years old in karate, he wanted to go into the Marine Corps," Yvonne Wells said.
She wanted him to be a male model instead, but he just said, "Oh, mother," and joined the Marines after graduating high school.
His brother, Larry, remembered his brother as a Dallas Cowboys fan who used to sing Kenny Rogers songs.
"We never fought," he said, "except for when the Steelers and the Cowboys played."
Wells is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and five children and stepchildren: Marissa, 10, Dominique, 10, Lonny Jr., 8, Daylon, 5 and Jade, 9 months.