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Offline lazyassforge

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Old Mule Skinner's last wish
« on: March 11, 2012, 12:32:49 PM »
This weekend I had the honor to help fulfill the last wish of an old mule skinner. He wanted to be hauled from the church to the cemetery in a mule drawn wagon. I did not personally know the man but a friend of mine(Dewayne) asked me about a month ago if I would haul him. I asked when the service was scheduled and Dewayne said "I don't know, he aint dead yet!" The man was trying to get his arrangements lined out before he passed. Anyway, the man passed Thursday and the service was Saturday. His widow offered to let me out of hauling him because of the rain in the forcast but I told her I had been wet before! The rain held off until we were loading the mules back in the trailer after the service. These pictures are in front of the country church after they had loaded the casket and just before we left for the cemetery.

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Re: Old Mule Skinner's last wish
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2012, 01:56:23 PM »
Wow, Bill. Truly an honor to carry him to his final resting place!!

You're a good man for doing it, whether rain or shine!!

Well done.
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Re: Old Mule Skinner's last wish
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2012, 01:56:36 PM »
Glad you could help him out that is a nice looking pair of mules.They look pretty big.
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Re: Old Mule Skinner's last wish
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2012, 05:26:03 PM »
Well done, Bill! That is an honor to have, and honor to the man and his family that will be remembered forever.
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Re: Old Mule Skinner's last wish
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2012, 06:37:26 PM »
Thanks! I am very proud of how my mules performed, They stood for over an hour before and during the service and also at the service at the cemetery without fussing and fidgiting! The mules, Tess and Jasper, are 60 and 61 inches(15 hands) and were raised on my farm.

The funeral director was nervous about using the wagon to carry the casket (he had tried to talk the widow out of doing it but the family insisted) but there were no problems at all! I think everyone was pleased with the way it worked out.

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Re: Old Mule Skinner's last wish
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2012, 07:21:37 PM »
Good on you.

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Re: Old Mule Skinner's last wish
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2012, 08:00:49 PM »
Your a good man bill.

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Re: Old Mule Skinner's last wish
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2012, 01:33:22 AM »
Wow, that is deffinitly a honor for him and his family. I am sure they appreciate it.

I must congratulate you on what you did. We need more people like you.

I am no expert on mules but they deffinitly look like a good team ya got there.
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Re: Old Mule Skinner's last wish
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2012, 06:17:36 AM »
Taking the time, and effort, to fulfill a man's dying wish... That's no small thing.  My hat's off to you.