World War II vet without family to be buried Friday in Wyoming

Associated Press
February 25, 2020 - 11:35 am

Elizabeth Fraser/Arlington National Cemetery

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Marine Corps veteran who served during World War II and died at age 101 with no known family is expected to be buried in Wyoming.

Cpl. Remigio "Ray" Barela is scheduled to be buried at the Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery in Casper at 10 a.m. Friday, The Casper Star-Tribune reports.

Joey Casada, the manager of Bustards Funeral Home, said he did not know details of Barela's record or how he came to Casper.

Barela told friends he had outlived “everybody,” Casada said.

"No family has come forth in the last two weeks," said Casada, whose funeral home is handling the arrangements.

Born in 1918 in Colorado, Barela served in the Marines from 1942 to 1946.

Mike Byers, the captain of the Wyoming Patriot Guard, said Barela's funeral would likely include full military honors.

"I'm asking anyone to please, please come out and help us honor this man," said Byers, whose motorcycle group escorts fallen service members, veterans and their families through the funeral process.

"With no family, with no one to mourn for him, I just think that every veteran deserves to be remembered," Byers said, “and to have someone shed a tear over them.”

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