Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Ariz. Judge Awards Kirby Puckett's Ashes to His Children
MINNEAPOLIS A judge in Arizona has awarded the cremated remains of former Minnesota Twins star Kirby Puckett to his children.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Benjamin E. Vatz ruled this week that keeping Puckett's remains away had imposed emotional hardship on his two children, Catherine, 16, and Kirby Jr., 14.
Had Puckett ''not wanted his remains to be in the home of'' his children, ''then he would have taken care to express that wish in writing,'' Vatz ruled.
Puckett's fiancee, Jodi Olson, had sought possession of the ashes, saying she wanted to wear some of them in a locket.
An attorney for Puckett's ex-wife, Tonya, and his children, who still live in Minnesota, said they're pleased with the court's ruling.
''The children are looking forward to bringing their father's remains home,'' attorney Bridget Logstrom, representing Puckett's ex-wife Tonya, and his children, said Tuesday.
The judge also removed Puckett's friend, Brian Woods, as the personal representative of the Puckett estate.
Puckett, 45, died last March after suffering a stroke at his home with Olson in Arizona. His body was cremated in the Twin Cities and the ashes were kept by a funeral home.
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