Updated: Monday, 21 Sep 2009, 1:42 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 17 Aug 2009, 2:18 PM EDT
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - His dad described Nick Roush as an "avid car freak" who was "really determined to serve his country." He signed up for a five-year Army committment, put on weight and developed language skills that he knew would be beneficial.
Roush, 22, died Sunday in Herat, Afghanistan from an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Psychological Operations Battalion, 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.
He was a corporal in the Special Ops, his dad, Robert, told 24 Hour News 8. Roush spent time rebuilding cars, and while he was in high school, played golf for the Thornapple Kellogg team.
A Middleville native, he was last home at Easter. He left for Afghanistan right after his visit.
Besides his father, Roush is survived by his mother Donna and his brothers Bobby and Kyle.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, and noon to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, in Middleville.
Roush's funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday.
His burial will be at Mount Hope cemetary in Middleville with full military honors.
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