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East Quogue Veteran Builds Casket For Soldier Father

It was Ron Campsey’s final gift to his dying father: a casket made from white pine, 22 inches wide, 15 inches tall and 77 inches long, decorated with a cross and depictions of Arthur Lee Campsey’s various military honors.More than a son’s present to his father, it was a gift from a veteran of one war to a veteran of another, a recognition of their shared history, and one final reminder of the battles each faced—both abroad and upon returning home.
Arthur Campsey, 94, died at his home in Devine, Texas, on October 22. Three days later, he was laid to rest on top of one of his favorite blankets and buried in the casket that his son built by hand. Read Story

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