Man Requests Odd Casket as Dying Wish

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By WAFB's Tyana Williams

MARINGOUIN, La. --  The Junior Mart in Maringouin, Louisiana sees a steady line of customers every day.

"We sell a lot of beer in this little town.  It's amazing," said a clerk.

The store was almost a daily stop for one man in particular, Leon Wesley.

"He stood six feet, seven and a half inches tall.  He was really a comedian.  He loved to make you laugh all the time," said Leon’s younger sister, Jackie Wesley.  "He would always put his foot behind his head and we were always so afraid that his foot would stay up there and we would have to call the paramedics to come take it down."

Jackie said her brother was rarely without his red cup.  He died on Sunday after battling prostate cancer.

He made his sister, who runs the local funeral home, promise to honor his dying wish.

Leon Wesley's dying wish was to be buried in a Budweiser casket. (Courtesy: WAFB)

"When they hear about the casket, they're gonna be curious to come see about that," Jackie said.

Leon's casket was special ordered to fit his body and covered with the logo of his well-known drink of choice:  Budweiser beer.

Her brother's dying wish is now fulfilled.