Thief steals ashes of Vietnam veteran from truck

OSAWATOMIE, Kan. - When Milburn Kelley III's father died on April 2, he thought that was the worst thing that could happen. Then he made a depressing discovery three weeks later.

The 31-year-old Osawatomie man said the ashes of his father, Milburn Kelley Jr. were stolen from his truck parked in front of his house overnight on April 23.

"Why would someone do that?" Kelley III wondered. "You're low. Lower than filth."

Kelley III said the thief also stole two rifles, a cleaning kit and a wallet.

Kelley III said his father passed away after battling pneumonia for three weeks. He faced many other struggles throughout his 72 years, serving four years with the Navy in Vietnam where he was sprayed with Agent Orange.

Milburn Kelley Jr. also survived cancer, heart attacks and was living with diabetes.

Kelley III said the person who stole his father's ashes needs to drop the urn off at the Osawatomie Police Department.

"They need to return them. Because if they were standing in front of me, I might not kill them but I'd probably put them in a situation where they were eating steak through a straw for the rest of their life," Kelley III said.

The family's ultimate goal is to bury Kelley Jr. at the family cemetery near Garnett.

Anyone with information should call Osawatomie Police at 913-755-2101.

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