Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Suttie Economy, a World War II veteran, will have his casket painted like a pack of Juicy Fruit gum. Mr. Economy has been handing out packs of Juicy Fruit gum in his Virginia Community for decades. "Economy served in the Navy on the USS English in the Pacific during the war."
Mr. Economy, 94, has been dealing with some health problems the last year and has been moved from the VA Hospital to the Virginia Veterans Care Center next door, although his health has slightly improved.
“For decades, Suttie has been known as the guy who takes packs of Juicy Fruit to restaurants, doctors' offices, funeral homes, firehouses, etcetera, and gives them out to everyone he sees,” Oakey said. “He has probably purchased tens of thousands of packs of the gum over the years.”
In the beginning, Wrigley was not too fond of having their trademark on a casket. However, Oakey posted the request on social media, bringing in a lot of buzz. Wrigley has now decided that it will make an exception for the Veteran.
Oakey said the casket will either be painted to look like a pack of Juicy Fruit or a pall with the logo will be laid over the casket
See Stephen Sorace, World War II veteran's wish granted: casket to be painted like pack of Juicy Fruit, Fox News, September 6, 2020.