Special Funeral Procession for Horse Rancher - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

Special Funeral Procession for Horse Rancher

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BILLINGS - An 87 year-old man from Luther, near Red Lodge, was laid to rest Friday. And it was done with a very unique, yet fitting funeral procession.

As a tribute to his lifelong passion of horse ranching, the family of West Donohoe made a request to have his casket taken by horse and buckboard to his burial service Friday morning.

The family reached out to Angel Horses, a local non-profit group, that uses rescued animals to help grant special requests to the community. Members of the group said they were more than happy to help honor Donohoe's memory with an old-fashioned procession.

"The bottom line is you just want to honor the family and make the family really happy. Their dad used to feed all the livestock with a team and buckboard and so that's pretty much that's the fond memories they have of their dad. And we're pretty much going to carry on that tradition," said Jonnie Jonckowski, the CEO and president of Angel Horses.

The police escorted procession went from St. Pius X Parish to the Sunset Memorial Gardens in the Billings West End, where West Donohoe was laid to rest.    

He is survived by his wife who said he would have loved the tribute he was given.