"He always lived by his own rules," said Linda Phiel, referring to her father David S. Kime Jr. "His version of eating healthy was the lettuce on the Whopper Jr."

The 88-year-old World War II vet passed away last week near his hometown of West York, Pennsylvania.

A life-long lover of having it his way, Kime naturally made Burger King his fast food joint of choice.

"My mother kind of kept him in check," Phiel told the York Daily Record. "When she died, for a while, he would eat with us. But he considered us health freaks because we ate things that were green, like broccoli."

Seeking to pay tribute to Kime's king-size lifestyle, his family decided to swing his funeral procession by Burger King for one last Whopper Jr.

Margaret Hess, manager of the Manchester Township Burger King, was in the restaurant Saturday, when a hearse suddenly showed up at the drive-thru window.

She and her staff prepared 40 Whopper Jrs. in all for the mourners.

"They also wanted one for the deceased," Hess said. "It's nice to know he was a loyal customer up until the end — the very end."

Kime was later buried with that Whopper.

"All of us are going to be in this position," Phiel told the Daily Record. "And I think there's a certain group who think we should be crying. But on the other hand, he lived a wonderful life and on his own terms."

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