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Plane With Body Is Grounded

Funeral arrangements for Buddy Holly, 22-year-old Lubbock rock ‘n roll singer and recording star who was killed in an airplane crash Tuesday in Iowa, were pending here late Wednesday night.

The singer’s father, L. O. Holley, 1606 39th St., said a chartered plane which left Lubbock to return the body was grounded at Des Moines by weather.

The body will be flown from Mason City, Iowa, to Lubbock as soon as weather is favorable, Holley said.

Brother Reports Delay

An older brother, Larry, 4803 17th St., called Wednesday night from Mason City of the chartered plane’s grounding at Des Moines. He and J. E. Weir, 2307 49th St, a brother in law, flew to Mason City to make arrangements.

Sanders Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements here. The singer’s father said services probably would be conducted Friday. Time and place were not announced.

Young Holly’s widow, the former Maria Ellna Santiago, a bride of less than six months, arrived in Lubbock by airliner from New York at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday. She was accompanied by an aunt and went immediately to the Holley home.

Family of the singer reported telephone calls and inquiries from all over the nation. Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers singing and recording duo informed the Holley family he would attend funeral services here.

A plane from West Texas Aircraft here took off early Wednesday for Mason City. It was the one grounded at Des Moines.

It was reported a charter plane was en route from Houston to Mason City to return the body of Jiles B. (Big Bopper) Richardson, 28, to Beaumont. He was another victim of the crash in which Holly was killed.

Another entertainer, Ritchie Valens, 17, of Los Angeles, was killed in the crash. Dead also was the pilot, Roger Peterson, 21, of Clear Lake, Iowa.

The three recording stars were killed early Tuesday when their four-place chartered plane crashed in a snow-covered farm field near Mason City, Iowa. They had just completed an engagement in Clear Lake, Iowa, and were headed for Fargo, N.D. Others in the troupe took a chartered bus.

Remaining entertainers in the troupe staged a show Tuesday night in Moorhead, Minn., in a “show must go on” tradition. Attendance was 2,000.

Two shows had been scheduled at Moorhead but only one was held. Members paid tribute to the victims during the performance.

From Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Morning Edition
Thursday, February 5, 1959
Section 1, Page 11

Services Pending Here For Singing Star Buddy Holly

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