Missouri funeral artifacts collection heads to Texas museum

2 years 6 months 14 hours ago Sunday, July 17 2016 Jul 17, 2016 Sunday, July 17, 2016 12:30:00 PM CDT July 17, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

INDEPENDENCE (AP) — A Missouri history buff's collection of antique embalming equipment, funeral photographs, manuals and various coffins is headed to a Texas museum.

The Independence Examiner reports that the collection had been kept in the basement of 70-year-old Lee Ward and his wife for more than 20 years. Among the highlights is the embalming machine used for President Harry Truman, which came from a funeral home, where it was retired out of respect after that job.

Earlier this month, representatives of the National Museum of Funeral History in Houston arrived at the couple's house to remove most of the items.

Ward worked as an embalmer and undertaker until 2001. He said he didn't want the collection to be a burden to his family and believes the Texas museum is the ideal recipient.

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