- Associated Press - Saturday, August 9, 2014

BRITT, Iowa (AP) - This year’s Hobo Memorial Ceremony in the north-central Iowa city of Britt saw the remains of three people buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

A man known as Bo Grump, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was one of three as his mother burying part of his cremated remains, the Mason City Globe Gazette reported (https://bit.ly/1uzkw8M ).

“That dude had some fantastic stories,” Michael Haskett, also of Sioux Falls, said of Grump. “He made me laugh so many times, and still does. He was my best friend.”

Oval chimes made of pop cans honored Grump and six other people who have died since last year’s four-day annual National Hobo Convention in Britt.

The festival honors the hobo way of life and is now in its 114th year. Other events during the festival include a parade, hobo king and queen coronation, an auction, craft and car shows and musical entertainment.

Others whose remains were buried were identified as Fran Minstrel, of Maine, and Milwaukee Mike of Elmhurst, Illinois.

“He was very proud of his service,” Connecticut Tootsie said of Fran Minstrel, who served in the Air Force during the Korean War.

Chris Hobbs, son of Milwaukee Mike, said his father first visited the convention in 1990.

“He felt an immediate connection with all of you and came back pretty much every year since,” Hobbs said. “I know he’s looking down on us smiling.”


Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/

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