“What do you want on your Tombstone?” That was the catchphrase of an ad campaign for a popular brand of pizza sometime back. For David Kime, Jr., late of York, Pa., the question might have been recast as, “What do you want on your coffin?” The answer was one last fast-food burger from his favorite restaurant, Burger King.
According to the Clarion Ledger, that wish was granted on Saturday by Kime’s daughter, Linda Phiel. Phiel arranged for the funeral procession of her father, who died on Jan. 20, to make one last drive-thru visit on its way to the cemetery. Each mourner received a sandwich for the road.
And so did Kime, a World War II veteran, whose coffin was decorated not only with an American flag but with a burger that accompanied him into the afterlife. He “lived by his own rules,” said Phiel, who added that her father viewed the lettuce on a burger as his version of healthy eating. There may be something to that presumption. Kime was 88 years old at the time of his passing.
Margaret Hess, the manager of the BK franchise, where the procession stopped was alerted in advance of the plan and made 40 extra burgers for the occasion. The location was the one frequented most in life by Kime, whose face and order Hess said she recognized. “It’s nice to know he was a loyal customer up until the end the very end,” she is quoted as saying.
Final requests involving fast food are not as rare as you might think. In July of 2012, a 30-year-old man dying of cancer requested that his family go out for pizza in his memory and leave the waitress a $500 tip.
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