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Family fires veteran's ashes at shooting range

Posted at 9:46 AM, Jan 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-10 09:46:33-05

HURRICANE, Utah (AP) — A Vietnam War veteran literally went out with a bang on Saturday, the St. George Spectrum newspaper reports.

The son of Walter "Jim" Hosey of LaVerkin, Utah, loaded a total of 50 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.

His son, Clint Hosey, says: "I think he got a kick out of that."

The newspaper reports that Walter Hosey, who often visited the sports park, died on Jan. 2.

Spilsbury funeral director Mark Heiner called the firing of the shells "a fitting tribute to the way he lived."

Heiner told the Spectrum that he has read about funeral ashes being loaded into shells for memorial shooting, but it's the first instance he knows of in Utah.