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Large funeral expected for WWII veteran who outlived family

November 30, 2019 GMT

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts community is making sure hundreds of people will show up for the funeral of a World War II veteran who died at age 99.

The Herald News reports that when Arthur Schroeder, of Taunton, died Nov. 22, he left behind no surviving family members to attend his funeral.

The veteran’s pastor, Rev. Ami Dion, decided to reach out to Taunton Mayor-elect Shaunna O’Connell and City Councilor John McCaul to help spread the word about the Bronze Star recipient’s funeral to other veterans and community members.

Veterans’ service agent Micaila Britto hundreds of people are expected at Saturday morning’s funeral at West Congregational Church.

Britto says Schroeder “outlived his entire bloodline” but died with many caring about him. His obituary described him as a history buff and dog lover.