'Family is more than just blood:' Funeral held for veteran who died in Hazard

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HYDEN, Ky. (WYMT) - About two weeks ago we told you about Richard Flook, a man who died in Hazard with no family.

Richard told people at the nursing home that he was a veteran. He was to be buried in the Perry County Cemetery if his family did not come forward or proper verification about his service was not found.

Hard work from a multitude of both local and state officials found family and verification of Specialist Richard Flook’s honorable discharge from the Army.

On Monday, he had a proper military burial at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East in Hyden.

“I don't think he realizes how much family he really has,” said Vaughda Wooten, the cemetery’s director. “When we first started following the story of specialist Richard Flook the nursing home was trying to locate the family.”

She praised the nearly 100 people that attended the funeral. Many of them never even knew Richard Flook.

“It pleases me very much to look around and see how much family showed up today. This is incredible. This is more than our normal services,” she said. “It also shows that family is more than just blood and for that I am very thankful.”

The local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans was also in attendance for his burial.

“Veteran of war, well done, your glorious warfare past, the battles fought, the races won and you are crowned at last,” said Robert Baker, the DAV chapter’s chaplain.

The staff from the Hazard nursing home that cared for Richard came as well. They received the flag draped over Richard’s casket.



 
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