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Corvettes lead funeral procession for Heartland veteran

Updated: Jan. 28, 2021 at 10:12 PM CST
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JACKSON, Mo. (KFVS) - A 91-year-old veteran from the Heartland had a meaningful tribute as family and friends laid him to rest.

“He would be snapping his hands together and just a cackling and going oh my goodness. He couldn’t believe it,” said Kathryn Mills, Truman Horn’s niece.

Family and corvettes brought joy to Truman Horn’s life.

“He had a marvelous laugh. He could laugh at anything and find fun,” said Mills.

Horn served in the Korean War and later worked at a Corvette plant.

“He would bring home a Corvette and take his two daughters and his wife for a ride,” said Mills.

Horn passed away on January 23rd. He took one final ride surrounded by his favorite sports cars on January 28th. Corvettes of Southeast Missouri club members led Horn from the funeral home in Jackson to Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield.

“This was the best send-off anybody could give him, and he would have thoroughly enjoyed it,” said Carol Ruesler, Horn’s niece.

“I would almost bet he’s looking down and smiling as seeing that I know he loved Corvettes. And I think that anybody that does would be really, really proud of that fact that they had this many people show up in Corvettes to drive in his funeral procession,” said Rick Essner.

Essner’s the President of Corvettes of Southeast Missouri. He said about 14 Corvette drivers came out to honor Horn.

“It’s a support of not only veterans, the military, but also the Corvette. And here’s a gentleman that actually built the Corvettes, and that’s near and dear to our heart, along with being a veteran,” he said.

“And it turned out to be an explosive, fun, fun end to his life,” said Mills.

The ride to his resting place was surrounded by good company and cars.

“Really, really gonna miss him. But you know what. That’s what families are for. To stay together,” said Ruesler.

Horn earned a Korean Service Medal with a bronze service star for his time in the Army.

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