The work of complete strangers paid off and now a World War II veteran will have loved ones present as his remains are finally laid to rest.
A worker at a Hurst VFW post found a box left in front of the building that turned out to be the ashes of Ollie Eugene Worley. After a search, they've now located Eugene Worley's family and will honor him next week at DFW National Cemetery.
Worley’s family said he went to fight in WWII and came home to a long life. He had three sons and he was Charlotte Manley's and Barbara Robinson's favorite Uncle Gene.
"He came into a room and the room lit up laugh was very contagious,” Robinson said.
About two weeks ago someone left a box with his cremated remains at the doorstep of VFW Post 4695 in Hurst. The box also had his dog tags and an anonymous note to give this Army veteran a proper funeral.
Barbara and her sister Charlotte say they and the rest of the family attended a memorial service for their uncle when he died in 1990. They thought Worley's son Jay had his father's ashes.
"When Jay died, it never dawned on me where Uncle Gene was,” Manley said.
Another son, Dennis Worley lives in El Paso. He told FOX4 on the phone his brother Jay died in 2005, and he never dreamed his father’s remains were still out there somewhere.
"It's still a mystery for probably 10 years,” said Rush Dewade, Chaplain VFW Post 4695.
The VFW post has planned a funeral at DFW National Cemetery next Monday.
Everyone in the family who's heard about the discovery is expected at the funeral. Some haven't seen each other for 25 years.
“Our uncle wanted to bring the family back together again,” Robinson said.
What would Gene Worley think about how his story ends?
“He'd be standing there with a big grin and laughing at the whole thing,” Robinson said.
Worley’s family finally got to meet the people who found his remains and worked so hard to reunite them with his family.
“It's just so overwhelming all this trouble you went to,” Robinson said.
"It's no trouble at all to handle this because it's our duty as a VFW post to handle whatever they can do help a veteran," said Manuel Altonaga.
“We are profoundly thankful,” said Manley. “And it's unbelievable that somebody did this for us and that somebody loved a veteran enough to find the family."