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When Vietnam War Army veteran and shooting enthusiast Walter “Jim” Hosey died on January 2, his loved ones sent him off last Saturday in a fashion that was a “fitting tribute to the way he lived.”
His son Clint loaded fifty 12-gauge shotguns with his father’s ashes, headed to Jim’s favorite shooting range, and, with the help of friends and family, blasted Jim’s scorched remains into the heavens.
From Military Times:
“I think he got a kick out of that,” Clint said, acknowledging that he was holding up well, but eventually realization of the family’s loss “gets real.”
“It’s the first time for me that a veteran’s or an individual’s ashes were made into ammunition and then fired through a shotgun,” Spilsbury funeral director Mark Heiner said after the ceremony.
Hosey’s ashes were divided into two groups. One for the shotgun tribute, and one to be kept in an urn for a private family service.
Over a hundred people gathered for the event at Southern Utah Practical Shooting Range near Hosey’s home in LaVerkin, Utah.
Clint says his father never spoke about his time in Vietnam. He didn’t even bring home the medals he won. But Hosey frequented the range as a sort of therapy after his service — and he was a hell of a good time to shoot with.
“He was one of those kind of guys that, if you was having a bad day shooting and he was shooting with you, he would just cheer you right up,” Canfield said. “And if he was shooting good and you were shooting bad, he would start shooting bad. … He was a character.”
I like to think that Jim is up there now, throwing back a few cold ones with Jesus while they snipe the haloes off liberal’s heads. RIP..
[via Military Times]
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