We'd stay and talk for hours or we'd just lay there. Sometimes we didn't need to say anything; just being in each other's company was enough.
— Kendall Grace, cousin
LaWare died at a hospital in Germany three days after being severely burned in a guard tower fire. He loved his family's annual traditions--gathering at his grandmother's house for Thanksgiving dinner and cutting down a Christmas tree the next weekend.
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