Final farewell for Casey County hunter

CASEY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A final farewell Wednesday for a central Kentucky man who drowned while hunting last Friday.

Services are being held at Bartle Funeral Home in Liberty for Harold Wethington, 77. Investigators say Wethington and Larry Stokes, 57, were duck hunting on the Green River in Taylor County when something caused them to fall into the water. Searchers found the men's bodies over the weekend.

They were described as experienced duck hunters who loved the outdoors.

"It was just a shock. My heart fell to the floor."

James Patton is having a hard time believing a drowning incident took his cousin's life.

"You would have though he was 50. He was just so active, had few health problems, but he was so active. Really enjoyed life."

Wethington and Stokes were on the Green River when officials say something caused the two men to plunge into the rushing waters. Their boat was found downstream, pinned against a tree.

Patton says Wethington was an experienced fisherman and hunting guide, and the Green River conditions Friday were ideal for the spot he loved.

"They say duck hunters like to have the water up a little bit."

Their relatives became concerned Friday night when Stokes and Wethington didn't come home. Rescue crews found the Casey County man on Saturday and Strokes, who is from Somerset, was found Sunday. The Green County Coroner says both men drowned.

"He's just going to be missed by a lot of people. He was just really a good person."

Patton tells us that Wethington always talked about taking the next big trip, even when he was 80-years-old.

Funeral services for Wethington are set for 1:00 Wednesday afternoon at Bartle Funeral Home in Liberty.

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