Yesterday went well enough and everything went smoothly. Pat had us at the funeral home at 0830 for a 0930 departure for the church. Mike and Dana caught up with us enroute so we had an actual Stovebolt in the escort for the arrival at the church.
Charlie stayed home on this one because Pat specifically wanted the Cornbolt ('73 1310 dump) to go with the Hollywood and Mechanicsville VFD's Parade Trucks which were both Internationals. Pat drove the 359 Pete and his brother Artie drove Mechanicsville's 23. Gary Mattingly drove Gary's '59 Reo and Dale Pilkerton, Sr was driving the Hollywood truck.
One of Gary's relatives drove a '31 Model A truck. Neither Gary's firetruck nor his Autocar dump truck were able to be there.
We had a medical emergency happen in the middle of the church service ... but ... with a room full of Firefighters/EMTs/1st responders, it was handled swiftly, professionally and successfully and the service continued.
For the graveside service, the Air Force sent two E-7's (Air Force rank insignia can be confusing ...) for taps (one of those electronic bugles
)but they did a nice job of folding Gary's casket flag and presenting it to Gary's daughter, Trish.
Gary had a good send off.