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Hundreds attend auction of the estate of Terry Punt

There are 27 comments on the Public Opinion story from Feb 18, 2010, titled Hundreds attend auction of the estate of Terry Punt. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

The sale of former State Sen. Terry Punt's belongings drew a record crowd Thursday to Hurley Auctions, Greencastle, even requiring shuttle service from Shady Grove Community Center.

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Anonymous

Greencastle, PA

#1 Feb 19, 2010
I am puzzled why Punt's only daughter had to pay money in an auction to acquire a personal possession like her mother's wedding dress. Punt and the mother of his grown children had been divorced for some time, I believe. What on earth was his ex-wife's wedding dress doing in his possession anyway unless she had given it to him for safekeeping so their daughter could have it someday? In that case, their daughter ought not to have to purchase it at an estate sale.

I certainly hope others at the auction had the decency not to bid against her for it!

“Not fallen”

Since: May 08

WalMartBoro, PA

#2 Feb 19, 2010
Very interesting article. I knew he had an interest in the Civil War, but not to this extent. The desk would have been a real nice thing to have, IMO.

“Not fallen”

Since: May 08

WalMartBoro, PA

#3 Feb 19, 2010
Anonymous wrote:
I am puzzled why Punt's only daughter had to pay money in an auction to acquire a personal possession like her mother's wedding dress. Punt and the mother of his grown children had been divorced for some time, I believe. What on earth was his ex-wife's wedding dress doing in his possession anyway unless she had given it to him for safekeeping so their daughter could have it someday? In that case, their daughter ought not to have to purchase it at an estate sale.
I certainly hope others at the auction had the decency not to bid against her for it!
Her mother died abruptly. But I don't understand why their daughter couldn't have gone into his residence and just taken the dress. Perhaps she didn't know her father had it. That doesn't sound likely, though.
pdodd

Newville, PA

#4 Feb 19, 2010
It's a shame the items couldn't have been left to his children.
dobber

Gettysburg, PA

#5 Feb 19, 2010
I am also confused as to why anything had to be purchased by the family. They should have been able to have anything they wanted.
George

Sterling, VA

#7 Feb 19, 2010
Is there anybody who knows the answers to the previous questions? Is it because that's how he had it set up, or did the State force it that way?

I'm asking these questions because one of the neighbors hasn't made many arrangements for the inevitable, and was telling us last night that she figured her boys would fight it out. If she hasn't named an executor, does the State take over and do an auction like this, or is it a totally different situation?

Thanks in advance for any information.
OHW

Waynesboro, PA

#8 Feb 19, 2010
Terry is also buried beside his ex-wife. explain that.
disagree

Greencastle, PA

#9 Feb 19, 2010
This is obviously not the "easy question" thread.
George

Sterling, VA

#10 Feb 19, 2010
OHW wrote:
Terry is also buried beside his ex-wife. explain that.
Either to placate the kids, or because that's where he WANTED to be buried, I suppose. Just because you divorce somebody doesn't mean that you can't be buried next to them. My father-in-law was married 3 times, and was buried next to his 2nd wife because that's where he wanted to be buried.
disagree

Greencastle, PA

#11 Feb 19, 2010
Why did that double post?
disagree

Greencastle, PA

#12 Feb 19, 2010
George wrote:
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Either to placate the kids, or because that's where he WANTED to be buried, I suppose. Just because you divorce somebody doesn't mean that you can't be buried next to them. My father-in-law was married 3 times, and was buried next to his 2nd wife because that's where he wanted to be buried.
Bet his 1st and 3rd wives were thrilled about that.
George

Sterling, VA

#13 Feb 19, 2010
disagree wrote:
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Bet his 1st and 3rd wives were thrilled about that.
All 3 were buried before he paased on, so they really didn't care.
disagree

Greencastle, PA

#14 Feb 19, 2010
George wrote:
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All 3 were buried before he paased on, so they really didn't care.
As far as you know.
plot number 435

Gettysburg, PA

#15 Feb 19, 2010
OHW wrote:
Terry is also buried beside his ex-wife. explain that.
who cares where your buried YOURE DEAD.
Ol Barney

Greencastle, PA

#16 Feb 19, 2010
George wrote:
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... My father-in-law was married 3 times, and was buried next to his 2nd wife because that's where he wanted to be buried.
Maybe he and his 2nd wife had purchased adjoining burial plots, and that was the easiest solution ...(instead of buying another plot, then trying to sell the adjoining plot ???)
George

Sterling, VA

#17 Feb 19, 2010
Ol Barney wrote:
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Maybe he and his 2nd wife had purchased adjoining burial plots, and that was the easiest solution ...(instead of buying another plot, then trying to sell the adjoining plot ???)
Actually, he had a set of burial plots with both the 2nd and 3rd wives. the 3rd wife was a witch, so nobody questioned his choice to not be buried next to her. Her daughter lost her battle with cancer about a year ago, and the family gave dad's burial plot to her husband because the bills for her care were so expensive that he couldn't afford a burial plot.
George

Sterling, VA

#18 Feb 19, 2010
plot number 435 wrote:
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who cares where your buried YOURE DEAD.
Actually, I don't want to be buried; take what you can use, then burn the rest.

I have a problem with filling up large plots of land with concrete and steel boxes when there is so little farmland anymore. The population grows, they need to be fed, and we're using ground to plant people. That's just how I feel about it. Hubby has never told me what his preference is; if he doesn't, he'll get burned, too.
live here

Gettysburg, PA

#19 Feb 19, 2010
stick to the topic. This is about Terry not your family.
Randy

Chambersburg, PA

#20 Feb 19, 2010
I also don't understand why the kids are being forced to buy things from the estate. If the kids wanted to keep the stuff, they could simply report the value of it (if any) for inheritance tax purposes and it's done. No need to have a public auction and then buy it back.
black knight

Gettysburg, PA

#21 Feb 19, 2010
Randy wrote:
I also don't understand why the kids are being forced to buy things from the estate. If the kids wanted to keep the stuff, they could simply report the value of it (if any) for inheritance tax purposes and it's done. No need to have a public auction and then buy it back.
I'm sure there is a valid reason why they did it this way.
Really, it is none of our business.

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