Missouri community steps up to bury Air Force veteran with no family

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — Sgt. Robert Wunderlich was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at 10 a.m. Friday with no family to plan or attend the service.

After calls for support were sent from the United Service Organizations and Gateway Cremation Services, it was up to the community to pay respects to the U.S. Air Force veteran.

“We have to pay tribute to those who served whether they’re with us or not,” Karl Lund, USO executive board member, told KTVI.

It’s a duty that John Robinson, owner of Gateway Cremation Services, felt called to uphold. Robinson stepped in after he received a call from John Cochran Hospital about a veteran without a family.

“They get quite a few unclaimed veterans, so they call us when they need help and we will make sure that they are buried respectfully,” he said.

Dozens answered the calls.

The cemetery Friday was packed with active military, veterans and community members showing their support. They had never met Wunderlich.

Wunderlich was laid to rest with full military honors.

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