HURST, Texas - Complete strangers are working hard to honor a World War II veteran and have his remains properly put to rest.
A worker at a Hurst VFW post found a box on the doorstep that turned out to be the man's ashes. They're now trying to find family and inviting others to honor him next week at DFW National Cemetery.
All Rush Dewade knows about the Army veteran is his name was Ollie Eugene Worley. He was from Fort Worth and went into the Army when he was 25 during WWII. And a few days ago, someone left his remains at the doorstep of VFW Post 4695 in Hurst.
Manuel Altonaga took the box to Dewade, the post chaplain. Inside the box was Worley's cremated remains and paperwork that shows he was 72 when he died about 26 years ago. His dog tags were also in the box.
"He needs to be given the burial and respect he's due," Dewade said.
And there was an anonymous note.
"This is a WWII veteran, served honorably. Can you please give him the burial he deserves?" Dewade read from the note.
Worley's story was spread on social media. Dewade has since been able to find the names of a few relatives and fellow veterans have stepped forward to help give him a proper burial.
Dewade said Worley's military service has been verified by the national archives and the national cemetery.
"These remains of a veteran of war are sacred," he said. "I hope that he does find eternal peace. Don't know how to put this, but I believe by putting him back in Mother Earth — that will give him eternal rest."
Worley’s remains will be buried at at 12:30 p.m. Monday on Lane C at DFW National Cemetery. That's directly behind the visitor's information center.