Vietnam vet holds yard sale to pay for own funeral

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (WJAC) – Driving through town, you often come across yard sales. Everyone has a different reason for cleaning out the house or just trying to make some extra cash.

But for one Cambria County man, there’s a bigger reason he’s selling his belongings.

One man is selling his items to pay for a funeral and two strangers have stepped up to help.

For several weeks, Willie Davis has been setting up his blue canopy and selling his possessions in a yard sale in Brownstown.

Last month, David Dunkleberger was one of his customers.

“At the end, when we bought a few things, he said to me, ‘If you know of anybody else interested, I’m trying to sell all my stuff to pay for a funeral.’ And when I said, ‘Whose funeral?’ He said, ‘Mine,'” Dunkleberger said.

That didn’t sit well with Dunkleberger, so he went back out to the car to tell his friend, Ed Sheets.

“It broke your heart, hearing the story, and we just decided we had to do something to try and help him, try to make his life a little bit easier,” Sheets said.

Davis is a Navy veteran who served for six years, starting in 1970. He served during the Vietnam War.