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Monday 21 April 2014

Burger fan's drive-through funeral

A hearse carrying David Kime Jr pulls up to the drive-through at Burger King in York, Pennsylvania (AP)

Mourners at an American fast-food fan's funeral wanted him to have it his way, so they arranged for his hearse - and the rest of the procession - to make one last drive-through visit before reaching the cemetery.

David Kime "lived by his own rules," said his daughter Linda Phiel - and he considered the lettuce on a burger his version of healthy eating.

To give him a whopper of a send-off, the funeral procession stopped at a Burger King in York, Pennsylvania, where each mourner got a sandwich for the road.

Mr Kime got one last burger too, reported the York Daily Record. It was placed on top of his flag-draped coffin at the cemetery.

Ms Phiel said the display was not a joke, rather a happy way of honouring her father and the things that brought him joy.

"He lived a wonderful life and on his own terms," she said.

Mr Kime, 88, a Second World War veteran, died last Sunday.

Restaurant manager Margaret Hess said she knew his face and his order. She and her crew made 40 burgers for the funeral procession.

She said: "It's nice to know he was a loyal customer up until the end - the very end."

Press Association

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