Dr. Matt Houseal Funeral

Matt arrives at the church
The scene outside the church. The commentary below and all of the photos are courtesy of Al Oxton.

Quite a funeral I just came from in Canyon, Texas. Fifty motorcycle VFW honour guard, maybe ten motorcycle guard of Canyon police, 21 gun salute by the U.S. Army, bagpiper and bugler. The motorcade from church to cemetary must have been at least a mile long with traffic stopped all along the way. Many folks out of their cars saluting as we passed. The service commenced with the tolling of a replica Liberty Bell mounted on a flatbed trailer. Saint Ann's Catholic Church was near full with celebrants, many in uniform. Matt's siblings and children gathered from as far away as Beijing where one of his daughters teaches English. "The family suggests memorials be to a benefit fund established for Dr.Houseal's minor children, in care of Amarillo National Bank, 410 S.Taylor St., Amarillo TX 79101." At Llano East Cemetery, the gravesite, directly beneath the flight path of Tradewind Airport, was chosen to honour Matt's love of flying. A warm breeze kept flags snapping as family, friends, and honour guards assembled for a last service under clear skies. The casket flag was folded and presented and a reception line of hugs and handshakes brought the proceedings to a close.

bike parking
the church
take these 2 tablets
front door
not an ill wind
Thanks Dave!
some fine people
at the cemetery
Order Arms!
piping him home
the flag presentation to Matt's wife

Thank you Al for representing us and sharing these photographs. And thank you Dave Gallas for the flowers.

Here is the funeral card.