Photo courtesy of the Joshua Brackett Eagle Scout Project
(March, 1900 - October, 1926)
The Lusk Herald
October 21, 1926
MILITARY HONORS GIVEN ROSSON IN BURIAL SERVICE
CASPER AND LUSK EX-SERVICE MEN EXECUTE IMPRESSIVE CEREMONY SUNDAY
Veterans of Foreign Wars of Casper and Members of Lusk Legion Have Charge of Services
Last Sunday afternoon, Lusk was the setting of a scene which filled the heart with pride, yet dimmed the eyes with tears--pride for the fact that one of our young friends and former citizens was held in such high esteem, and tears for his loss and in sympathy for the loved ones who will miss him most.
The last rites of Edward Atwood Rosson were held Sunday, October 7th at the local Baptist church. As the father of the deceased was still confined in the hospital, convalescing from a recent major operation, the remains, draped in the United States flag, accompanied by a body of Veterans of foreign Wars of Casper and Lusk Legion post No. 4, were taken to the father's bedside that he might have a last look at his beloved son before he was laid to rest. From the hospital the assemblage then repaired to the Baptist church where the ex-service men, represented by Glen Cates, commander, and H. H. Koontz, chaplain of the Lusk post, assisted by Rev. N. C. Coggin, officiated in the ceremony.
Several beautiful selections were rendered by the male quartet. As the sweet strains floated through the room and one looked about at the wealth of beautiful floral offerings and the seats filled to capacity limit with friends whose eyes were dimmed with tears, one could not but feel that here was evidence in profusion that, though stricken down while yet so young, his life needs must have been one of love and thoughtfulness of others.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lusk Legion Post members and the pall bearers, in uniforms of the navy, Mr. Rosson having been a member of the latter during the late war, marched in double file to the local cemetery where the Legionnaires formed ranks and the Veterans of Foreign Wars carried out their burial ritual which was concluded by the firing of a salute and the sounding of taps by the bugler.
The remains were then lowered into the grave and the loved ones and friends gathered about, many of whom had come from Casper to pay their last respects, turned away with aching hearts but with a feeling of conviction that God knows best and that "Bud," as he was affectionately known, had just preceded them on the journey to the "land which surpasses all."
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