Vietnam Vet's Ashes Spread With an Actual Bang

Utah man's ashes loaded into 50 shotgun shells
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 10, 2016 1:34 PM CST
A Remington 1100 12-gauge shotgun.   (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

(Newser) – A Vietnam War veteran literally went out with a bang on Saturday, reports the St. George Spectrum. The son of Walter "Jim" Hosey of LaVerkin, Utah, loaded a total of 50 12-gauge shotgun shells with his father's ashes and fired them off at the Southern Utah Shooting Sports Park in Hurricane with the help of relatives and friends. "I think he got a kick out of that," Clint Hosey says. Walter Hosey, who often visited the sports park, died on Jan. 2.

"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 says, calling the ceremony "a fitting tribute to the way he lived." Says Clint Hosey of his father's affinity for shooting: "As soon as I could hold a pellet gun up, I was learning to shoot. Dad was always looking for a good time." (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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