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'It was very upbeat'
Former Cowboys coach Tom Landry laid to rest
Posted: Wednesday February 16, 2000 09:08 PM
DALLAS (AP) -- F-16s flew overhead in a World War II formation and Pro Football Hall of Famers sat in mourning Wednesday as former Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry was laid to rest in a private ceremony.
The timing of the funeral was not made public at the request of Landry's wife, Alicia. Landry died Saturday at age 75 after suffering from leukemia for nine months.
The guest list of about 400 friends and family members included former Cowboys Tony Dorsett, Roger Staubach, Harvey Martin and Dan Reeves. Frank Gifford, a teammate of Landry's on the New York Giants, also attended.
Cowboys chaplain John Weber gave about a 20 minute eulogy at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home. Afterward, mourners walked to the grave site at nearby Hillcrest Memorial Park for the burial.
"It was very upbeat, believe it or not. There were a lot of memories shared, the professional people all knew one another," said funeral home manager George Rohrer. "Mrs. Landry got a lot of support and was fairly uplifted by the occasion."
In addition to the jet flyover, Landry received full military honors in the form of a gun salute and color guard.
Landry spent two years as a bomber pilot in World War II as member of the Army Air Corps. He flew 30 combat missions and survived one crash landing.
More memorials and tributes are planned for Thursday. At noon, family and friends will hold a private memorial service at Highland Park United Methodist Church, where Landry was a member for 43 years.
Afterward, city leaders have planned a public memorial service at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.