WWII veteran Delbert Belton, who died last week after an attack by two suspects, will be laid to rest Thursday afternoon with full military honors.
His funeral will be held at the Greenwood Memorial Terrace on North Government Way, with Heritage Funeral Home facilitating the ceremony.
Heritage Funeral Home director Dennis Murphy said Belton will be transported from the funeral home to the area where he'll be laid to rest in a 1939 hearse. Murphy said he thinks Belton would have loved it because of his love for working on cars.
Belton's casket will be draped with an American flag, and the VFW, the Fairchild Air Force Base color guard and the Patriot Guard will be on hand to give a proper military send off for the WWII veteran.
Quiring Monuments of Seattle has built and is donating Shorty's grave marker. They had to expedite their work on the marker so it would be completed in time for Shorty's service.
"It’s been our honor to assist in recognizing a decorated American hero whose life was tragically cut short," Jon Reece, general manager for Quiring Monuments, said Tuesday.
Shorty's closest friends and family will attend, and the public is also invited to participate.
"We're hoping that all of those who knew Shorty or feel compelled to pay their respects, that they'll come there's lots of room up in the cemetery, it should be a pretty grand send off for something that never should have happened," Murphy said.
KXLY has received a number of e-mails from people across the country wanting to donate to pay for the funeral. Murphy said the State of Washington Labor and Industries has a crime victims fund that is set up to cover the funeral costs for victims, and they imagine Belton's funeral will be paid for through that fund.
Murphy said at this time donations are not needed.