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Remembering a fallen hero

It was an emotional day for some, as one of our nation's heroes was laid to rest.
It was an emotional day for some as one of our nation's heroes was laid to rest.

A funeral service was held Saturday morning for the state's oldest veteran.

John Petterway Jr. died earlier this week at the age of 102.

In 1942, he enlisted in the United States Army.

He was in his 30's.

He served our country overseas in North Africa, Italy and France.

Petterway had Multiple jobs including as a cook, hatch foreman, and winch operator.

As family and friends say goodbye inside, some were outside honoring him for his heroism.

"I think he deserves to be honored and that's why we're here," said Patriot Guard Rider Kenny Kimler. "We are here to stand a flag line for him, to escort him to the cemetery and to stand a flag line there until they bury him."

Petterway Junior will be remembered by many, including his wife of 71 years and their two daughters.

He also will be remembered by his 28 great-grandchildren, and more than 30 great-great-grandchildren.
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