Pallbearers carry the coffin containing the body of David Decareaux to a hearse after funeral services in Waterloo, Ill. Decareaux and two of sons, Grant, 8, and Dominic, 10, died last week from cold while hiking along the Ozark Trail. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christian Gooden) (The Associated Press)
This undated family photo provided by Quernheim Funeral Home, shows David Decareaux, 36, and his sons, 8-year-old Grant and 10-year-old Dominic. The three died while hiking on Jan. 13, 2013. Only the family's 4-month-old yellow Labrador retriever survived the hike. He was found near Decareaux, who died at the scene, and the two boys, who were declared dead at a hospital after hours of efforts to revive them failed. (AP Photo/Family Photo Provided By Quernheim Funeral Home via Belleville News-Democrat) NO SALES (The Associated Press)
WATERLOO, Ill. – The widow of an Air Force veteran who died with two of their young sons during a Missouri hike told mourners she's comforted knowing her husband and boys were "together until the very last moment."
Sarah Decareaux (DEHK'-ah-roh) tried hard to find the words to say and not cry as she stood near the three caskets inside the Illinois funeral home Friday.
David Decareaux, of Millstadt, Ill., set out last Saturday with his sons on the narrow Ozarks Trail in southeast Missouri. Decareaux, 10-year-old Dominic and 8-year-old Grant got lost and never returned.
Their bodies were found the next day on the trail just a mile from where the rest of the family waited. Authorities say they died of hypothermia from temperatures that dropped nearly 60 degrees to below freezing.