Veteran who was thought to be homeless had family

Friday, March 20, 2009 | 3:14 p.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — Just as the service was about to begin for a homeless World War II veteran with no family, the man's widow surprised the crowd by showing up.

It happened Thursday at a funeral in Kansas City for 84-year-old Edwin Cecil McQuiddy, a Navy musician 2nd class who died March 10.

A group of Kansas City-area funeral directors organized his cremation and burial with military honors because no one knew he had any family.

But as the service was starting, funeral director Mark McGilley was told the man had a widow and had lived in a nursing home.

McGilley said a stepdaughter had asked if McQuiddy would qualify for a burial program as an indigent. She had said she wouldn't attend the ceremony, and no one knew about any other family members.


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