(Staff photo by Brett Eppley/beppley@madisoncourier.com)
(Staff photo by Brett Eppley/beppley@madisoncourier.com)
Members of the American Legion Post 9 Honor Guard attended their 109th funeral of the year Monday at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

But this one was different.

The Guard, along with dozens of members of the American Legion Riders, gathered at the cemetery at noon to honor the life of William Hines.

Hines, 97, of Nashville, Ind., served with the U.S. Navy for more than four years before returning to his hometown of Indianapolis and working for Hurty-Peck & Company. He later retired in Brown County with his wife Virginia Eleanor McKay Hines. Virginia preceded her husband in death.

Hines was abandoned at a funeral home with no immediate family nearby to take care of arrangements.

Indiana Funeral Care handled the arrangements and costs and put out a call to American Legion members to give Hines a proper burial, said David Ring of Indiana Funeral Care.

About 50 people gathered in the chapel at the cemetery for a short service and a 21-gun salute and taps.

William Hines received — from his military brothers and sisters — a fitting send-off.