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Front-end loader farewell in Gardendale

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For most, funerals are one of the most difficult times of their lives, but one Gardendale family found a different way to say goodbye Monday.

77-year-old Ronald Corvin's funeral service started out like any other. From songs to scripture, family and friends remembered the Warrior man loved by many.

"We want people to remember the good things about him and know that we will see him one day again in heaven," said daughter Vickie Kanute.

The difference in his sendoff came after the service. Corvin started in the construction business at the age of 15.

The Army veteran also hated hearses.

"Since he operated heavy equipment, we felt it was only fitting for him to go out like this," added Kanute.

From Ridout's Gardendale Chapel to Oakwood Memorial Gardens, Corvin was given one final ride by a front-end loader.

"He traveled around the state of Alabama building roads," said son-in-law Chris Kanute. "Later on in his life he started a construction company, but road building was what he was known for."

The service wasn't without emotion, but it came with a smile as many said their final farewells to a husband, father and friend.

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