EL DORADO, Ark. (KSLA) – The ArkLaTex remembers a fallen soldier this morning as friends and family gather to pay respects to Major Ronald "Wayne" Culver, Jr.
Culver, 44, was killed on May 24th after a roadside bomb went off beside the vehicle he and his troops were riding in at the time. Culver and his soldiers had just completed a three day mission in southern Iraq.
Friends and family arrived at the visitation Monday afternoon, bringing pictures and memories of Culver for his family.
"He was a very compassionate person. He loved folks and he was just eager to do anything in the church or the community. He was just a great person," said Bruce and Margie Hill, members of Culver's church.
Culver grew up in Shreveport and went to Northwood High School. He left behind a wife and two teenage children. The family has set up a trust fund for the children at the Simmons Bank in El Dorado.
During Culver's 22-years of service with the Louisiana Army National Guard he was honored with several medals, including the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He was on his second tour of duty in Iraq when he was killed. He was deployed in January with the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.