Marine Cpl. Tobias Johnston had the privilege of meeting Cpl. Gregory Scott Stultz.
On Friday, he called him his "best friend."
Friends and family packed Christ Community Church Friday to mourn the loss of the 2006 Northview High School graduate. He was killed in action during combat in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Following the service, Stultz' body was laid to rest at Summitt Lawn Cemetery. A procession of vehicles drove through Brazil from the church onto National Avenue before turning at County Road 200 W., heading toward the cemetery.
"Greg is the definition of a hero," Cpl. Johnston said. "He was my hero. Greg was a man I looked up to."
Just before leaving for Afghanistan, Cpl. Johnston said Cpl. Stultz asked him if he would stand at his funeral if he died, to which he looked at Stultz and immediately said, "no."
Johnston said Stultz appeared bewildered, but immediately flashed a grin, knowing Johnson's dry sense of humor.
"I immediately told him, 'yes,'" Johnston said.
Johnston told the crowd he was "grateful" for knowing Stultz.
Stoney Lalen officiated the proceedings and began by giving thanks to the community.
"Cpl. Gregory Scott Stultz will not be forgotten for a very long time," Lalen said. "The love and the outpouring of support has almost been overwhelming."
Stultz' brother, Zach, stepped to the podium to share what he referred to as four items his brother would want mentioned.
Zach said his brother would want to give thanks to everybody for attending the event, thank his parents and tell everyone, "he loved God with his whole heart."
Both Zach and Cpl. Stultz were avid Indianapolis Colts fans. With the fourth item, Zach also said his brother would not have many good things to say about the recent Super Bowl, where the Colts were defeated by the New Orleans Saints.
"I couldn't ask for a better brother," Zach told the crowd. "I'm the proudest brother."