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Fallen Soldier's Family Fixes Up His Classic Car In His Honor

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KENNEWICK, Wash- The memory of their 21-year-old son will live on through a 1968 Chevy Camaro.

Monday afternoon the family of fallen Army Sergeant Ross Clevenger told KNDU how much meaning was behind the shiny red paint of the classic vehicle.

Ross had the car fixed up half way before he was deployed and killed by a road side bomb in Iraq in February 2007.

The car was his dream.  His family, with the help of Creative Rods and Customs in Kennewick completed the job.

They wanted to finish the project that Ross had started.  They painted the car, put new brakes in and re-did the interior. 

A painting of Ross sits on the back of the car as a reminder of the young man they miss every day. One of the last times his father talked to Ross he told him how excited he was to come home and work on the car.

His father, Loren Clevenger said, "Ross would have been really proud of it. We did it for Ross. We finished it for him.  I'm sure he's looking down and just smiling now."

His uncle, Russell Clevenger said, "He was awarded the bronze star.  I felt he was a true American hero."

Family members plan to travel throughout the Northwest taking it to car shows.