Ironically, a drive-thru for funeral processions is a whopper of an idea, at least for one fast-food fan, who recently passed away. Saturday, family members gave a Pennsylvania man a fitting send-off before burial by taking the hearse carrying his body through the line reserved for cars. Apparently, during his life, he enjoyed a WHOPPER JR. sandwich daily.
David S. Kime Jr., 88, a resident of York, enjoyed eating all-things-fast-food so much that a day rarely went by without him having one of his favorites on the menu. A drive-thru for a funeral sounds like much or even a joke, but the man's family insists that there is no better way to honor their beloved.
Linda Phiel (pictured here), said that she lectured her father about his "unhealthy" diet, but he "lived by his own rules." In fact, Kime once said the extent of his healthy eating is the lettuce on his hamburger.
The World War II veteran loved hot dogs, tacos and hamburgers. However, he was particularly fond of Burger King's WHOPPER JR.
"He liked his WHOPPER JRs.," said Margaret Hess, general manager of the Manchester Township Burger King restaurant. While she didn't personally know Kime, she recalled his face, warm personality and his favorite sandwich when he dined at the fast-food location.
Altogether, she prepared 40 burgers and one of the deceased when family members called ahead with plans to use the drive-thru for the funeral procession.
At the funeral, his daughter placed his favorite sandwich atop his casket before it was lowered into the ground. How fitting?
Kime died Jan. 20 of heart complications.