Family and friends escort Harmon Killebrew's casket into Christ's Church of the Valley in Peoria. By Jennifer Thomas
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew was remembered for his kindness and respect for all those he encountered in a moving funeral service on Friday.
Several hundred, including past and present members of the Minnesota Twins, attended the service at Christ's Church of the Valley in Peoria on a gorgeous sunny morning.
Killebrew, who hit 573 home runs in his long major league career, died Tuesday of esophageal cancer at 74.
Former teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven had those in attendance stand and cheer Killebrew for an imagined home run No. 574 near the end of the service, and the crowd responded with a rousing effort.
But it was Killebrew the man who was celebrated far more than Killebrew the baseball player.