Remains of Missing Soldier to Return Home

Nearly 70 years after Corporal DeMaret Marston Kirtley went missing in action in North Korea, his remains will be returned home to Kaycee this month for burial with full military honors.

Arrangements are with Kane Funeral Home of Sheridan, and a public visitation will be held there on June 28 from 9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m before the remains are taken to Kaycee for a memorial service at 10 a.m. June 29.

Kaye Penno, who's Kane Funeral Home media specialist, said a cannon may be shot off at the funeral home Friday morning in Corporal Kirtley's remembrance.

The Army officially declared Corporal Kirtley deceased on Dec. 31, 1953, but his remains weren't identified until May 2017 in Hawaii. They will arrive in Billings on June 27 and will be escorted from there to Sheridan.

Penno said this shows that the military never gives up.

The remains will have an escort both from Billings to Sheridan and from Sheridan to Kaycee. Corporal Kirtley will be buried with his parents and other family members in the Kaycee Cemetery with full military honors.

Corporal Demaret Marston Kirtley. (Courtesy photo(
Corporal Demaret Marston Kirtley. (Courtesy photo(

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