WWII vet granted final wish to be buried in Juicy Fruit casket
A World Warfare II veteran with a significant candy tooth has been granted his final want — to be buried in a casket painted like a pack of Juicy Fruit.
Sammy Oakey of Oakey’s Funeral Service got permission from the Mars Wrigley Firm to make use of the long-lasting yellow chewing gum emblem and fulfill the request of his longtime pal Suttie Financial system.
Financial system, 94, who’s at the moment at a Virginia Veterans Care Clinic because of a coronary heart situation, has a long-documented love of the gum, CNN reported.
He developed his style for it whereas serving in WWII, when the corporate took Juicy Fruit and different types of gum off the market and devoted its total output to the US Armed Forces.
When he received residence to Roanoke, Virginia, Financial system was recognized to all the time have a pack on him, and freely donated to others locally, Oakey instructed the outlet.
“Suttie would are available in right here for visitation or simply are available in to go to and he would all the time convey a bunch of packs of Juicy Fruit chewing gum and put it out for the workers to get pleasure from,” mentioned Oakey.
“He didn’t simply try this right here. He did it at restaurant and physician’s places of work wherever he went.”
The gum grew to become a significant image for the veteran, mentioned his brother, John Financial system.
“It served as a logo for his mission to speak to individuals concerning the World Warfare II memorial and to honor the deceased veterans that died for our freedom,” he instructed CNN.
At first, the Mars Wrigley firm denied Oakey’s request to make use of its trademark on Financial system’s casket, he mentioned.
However the vet’s want gained consideration on social media, and Oakey acquired a contact for the corporate’s president from a group member. Inside a number of days, the VP known as and gave his blessing for the brand for use.
The corporate additionally despatched 250 packs of Juicy Fruit to Financial system’s household, Oakey mentioned.
The household is now searching for an artist to color the casket.