Ross A. Clevenger didn't have trouble entertaining himself, whether playing video games and watching movies or wandering off on a trail alone while camping in the woods.
After one family camping trip, Clevenger showed the others pictures he had taken, and they were surprised at the sights he had discovered.
"They said, 'Wow, where were you?' He found stuff they didn't see," recalled Nancy George, the fiancee of Clevenger's father, Loren.
Clevenger, 21, of Givens Hot Springs, Idaho, died Feb. 8 of wounds he suffered from an explosion in Anbar province. He was a 2003 high school graduate and was assigned to Boise.
Clevenger enjoyed snowboarding, motorcycles, horseback riding and fishing. He planned to go into nursing after his service was up. He liked to say someday he would buy a cabin, and his dad could come to live with him when he got old.
He loved ice fishing, four-wheel driving, jumping on the trampoline and the book "Where the Wild Things Are," by Maurice Sendak. The book was read to him one final time and then placed in the casket with him.
He also is survived by his mother, Abby Bradshaw.