The funeral for former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno will be held at Koch Funeral Home in State College. The funeral home is expected to announce details about Paterno's memorial later on Monday.
Paterno died on Sunday, from lung cancer. He was 85 years old and had been hospitalized since Jan. 13 because of complications from his cancer treatment, the family has said. Details about his funeral arrangement can be viewed on the funeral home's Web site, www.kochfuneralhome.com.
SB Nation has reported that Paterno's family and the school are coordinating the funeral plans.
Penn State Board of Trustees and University President Rodney Erickson said the university has plans to honor Paterno for his contributions and to remember his life and legacy. Paterno was ousted as head coach of the school's football team in November, amidst the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
We grieve for the loss of Joe Paterno, a great man who made us a greater university, Erickson's statement read. His dedication to ensuring his players were successful both on the field and in life is legendary and his commitment to education is unmatched in college football. His life, work and generosity will be remembered always.
The University plans to honor him for his many contributions and to remember his remarkable life and legacy. We are all deeply saddened, the statement continued. We are considering appropriate ways to honor the great life and legacy of Joe Paterno. The University's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is consulting with members of the Penn State community on the nature and timing of the gathering.
The Westboro Baptist Church on Sunday, said it will protest at any event held to honor Paterno.
In the meantime, Paterno's family has asked that instead of flowers, donations be made to the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania or the Penn State THON (The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon).
According to PennLive.com, donations for the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania can be mailed to: 2570 Boulevard of the Generals, Suite 124, Norristown, PA 19403; or donate by calling Special Olympics Pennsylvania's office at 610-630-9450, ext. 230 or 1-800-235-9058 during regular business hours.
More information can be found at www.specialolympicspa.org.
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