A funeral service is set for Friday for a Vietnam veteran and those with Montague County Veteran’s Service Office hope Texomans will be able to attend.
Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Kevin Benton responded to an unattended death call at a home near Nocona Lake. When he arrived, he found Vietnam Army Veteran Norman Beaty who had passed away on Feb. 19, 2019. After the Sheriff’s Office officials tried to find his family with no luck, Benton said he decided to call Montague County Veteran’s Service Office.
“In searching for identifying information, I discovered there was a veteran’s card on the dresser,” Benton said. “And being that he had died home alone, I just felt like any veteran deserves our recognition so I contacted the VA.”
After being contacted, Montague County Veteran’s Service officer Colm Murphy said he jumped at the opportunity to help out and hopes the surrounding communities will do the same.
“We don’t want any veteran that sacrificed for this country to go unhonored so that’s what we do,” Murphy said. “So we respond as best we can to every single request.”
Vietnam Veteran Walter Lutkenhaus said he hopes to be able to attend the service on Friday to show his support.
“I just feel it’s something that needs to be done because the individuals took the time of their life to do what their country asked them to do,” Lutkenhaus said.
Lutkenhaus, Benton and Murphy hope this soldier receives the burial he deserves.
During the ceremony at the Nocona Cemetery, Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. where military personnel will play taps as well as perform the folding of the American flag.