Tri-State funeral home steps up to claim indigent man

Willie Snow
Willie Snow

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Cincinnati funeral home says it will cover the cost to bury a man who risked his life to help victims of the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire.

A visitation for Willie Snow will be held at Imwalle Memorial Funeral Home in St. Bernard on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services and a burial will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Vine Street Hill Cemetery in St. Bernard.

Willie Snow helped rescue several people from the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire in 1977. He died in August of a heart attack, and was declared indignant by the state when his daughter failed to claim her father's body nearly three months after his death.

After a story about Willie Snow aired on FOX19 Tuesday night, Dave Brock of Sin City Antiques and Treasures received numerous calls and e-mails asking how they could help give Willie Snow a proper burial. One of those calls came from Susan Imwalle of the Imwalle Memorial Funeral Home.

"We just felt so badly for Mr. Snow that he had done something so heroic. This wasn't his job," she said.

Mike Ryan, also of the funeral home, agreed that they should help. "I think it was incumbent upon us to help this man and help the family and not only that but to help the whole community in giving him a decent Christian burial," he said.

The funeral home and its vendors are taking care of everything for Willie, right down to his flowers and a new suit and tie.

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