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Kansas City family forced to cancel 99-year-old WWII vet's funeral

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Updated: March 27, 2020 02:57 PM
Created: March 27, 2020 02:40 PM

(KSHB) Funeral directors are frustrated and families are devastated as precautions put in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 are upending our daily lives, including how we say goodbye to loved ones.

Earnest Rankin Jr., of Kansas City, Missouri, was a 99-yer-old World War II veteran and his family had big plans to celebrate his storied life.

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Unfortunately, in death, his family will not be able to gather to celebrate those 99 years of joy and life.

Due to restrictions on public gatherings of more than 10 people and a stay-at-home order from the city and Jackson County, funerals are not allowed until at least late April.

"Getting the news, I was, I'm not going to lie to you, I was really upset and angry, because he deserves this and we deserve it," granddaughter Jesslyn Smith said of honoring Rankin with a big celebration. "Not only us, but other families."

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