Brian Kingsbury had his life mapped out and knew where he was going, said his mother, Gail Kingsbury.
“He was an idea man, and everyone’s go-to guy,” she said.
His father, Shannon Kingsbury, agreed.
“Whatever he started, he finished. He wanted to get ahead in life,” he said. “He was a fine young man.”
Brian Kingsbury, 20, of Valparaiso, died March 29. He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and was posthumously awarded a degree in precision manufacturing by Vincennes University. He was an employee of Custom Machining and a 2011 graduate of Valparaiso High School.
He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone who needed it, his parents said. He had a great sense of humor, was outgoing, and was always upbeat.
Ever since he was a little boy, he loved building things. His grandfather called him “Mr. Idea Man” from a young age because he was always working on something, his mother said.
His aunt, Jo Heber, said he was always working on a project so he could earn money to buy his dream truck, an orange diesel Ford F350.
“His pride could be felt for miles around when he drove that truck, and his smile could be seen even further,” she said. “Brian had the patience, knowledge and determination to get anything up and running.”
He loved Science Olympiad in high school, and loved working on cars and trucks.
Shannon Kingsbury said his son had a positive impact by those around him and was admired by his younger sister.
“It was so magical how he would surround himself with the right kind of people,” he said. “He was a hard-working kid and kept his nose clean.”