SHARE IF YOU CARE: Family asks other Marines to come to funeral in Colorado Springs

Military funeral. Photo courtesy MGN.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A family is asking fellow Marines to come to the funeral of Paul Jasko.

Jasko passed away on Oct. 27 following a battle with COPD.

"He waged a fierce battle until the very end and isolated himself in his final years out of shame that he wasn't strong enough to beat his illness," his daughter wrote in a letter posted on the American Legion Department of Colorado's Facebook page. "Paul always made sure we were taken care of and to the very end he felt he had failed his duty by leaving us behind."

The family has arranged for him to have military honors at his funeral, but they believe he doesn't have any friends to attend his service.

"Paul will be pleased as punch to know we are interring his ashes in a .50 cal ammo can but I know having his fellow Marines there would mean the world to him," Valerie Newcomb added in the letter.

The service is scheduled for Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. It will be held at Pikes Peak National Cemetery in Colorado Springs at 10545 Drennan Road.

Read the full letter below and follow the American Legion Department of Colorado on Facebook for updates.