Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Before sixty-seven year old Randall Jourdan of Wisconsin passed away, he informed his family that he wanted to be buried with his valuable Fender guitar. According to Jourdan’s family, the guitar was the man’s pride and joy.
After Jourdan died, the guitar was placed in his casket, as per his directions. Steven Conard, a cemetery worker, was aware of the guitar and decided to take it from the casket before the crypt’s stone face was attached. Another worker, James Lang, realized the guitar was missing and reported it to his supervisor who called the police. The authorities located the guitar in Conard’s living room and returned it to Jourdan’s family.
See Cemetery Worker Stole Guitar From Army Vet’s Casket, The Smoking Gun, Sep. 26, 2011.