Once an avid art student, Michael Spencer spent his final day in Iraq
handing out school supplies to Iraqi children. Ever since, his family
has been compiling a scrapbook of his life to give to his own young
son. "Someday, Damian is going to want to know who his dad was,"
said Weger's father, Gregory. Weger, 30, died Oct. 12 along with two
other soldiers when an improvised explosive device hit their Humvee.
Weger was based at Fort Hood. Born in Pascagoula, Miss., Wegner
moved to Texas and studied art and computer graphics at North Harris
Community College before moving to the Atlanta area and working as
a real estate agent. He joined the Army after the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks. "Only the good die young, and Mike Weger was definitely one
of the good ones," said his friend and former commander, Capt. David
Woodruff. A smart man with many interests, Wegner enjoyed
landscaping, cooking and playing guitar and had numerous exotic
pets. But family members said his most cherished role was as a
father to 6-year-old Damian. Weger is also survived by his mother,
Patricia, and ex-wife, Danielle Eames.