Funeral service today for daredevil Evel Knievel

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BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Evel Knievel is to be buried in his hometown of Butte, Montana, today with a service that's expected to attract thousands.

The legendary stuntman died November 30th in Clearwater, Florida. He was 69 and had been in frail health for years.

Knievel's hometown honored him with fireworks yesterday as his body was brought back. There's to be a public viewing today, followed by a service at the Butte Civic Center, the largest indoor space in town. The Reverend Robert Schuller of California's Crystal Cathedral will preside.

Knievel's funeral procession will wind its way through Butte along a six-mile loop known as Evel Knievel Way. The graveside service will be private.

During his daredevil days, Knievel was known for spectacular and sometimes near-fatal motorcycle stunts, that led him to conclude it's better to try and fail, than not try at all.

Every year, Butte holds an Evel Knievel Days festival that draws tens of thousands of visitors.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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