Corpse forms 'I' in Ohio cheer photo

July 14, 2011 at 3:30 PM

NEWARK, Ohio, July 14 (UPI) -- An Ohio woman said a picture taken with her deceased father's open casket forming the "I" in an "O-H-I-O" cheer is a tribute to his love for the Buckeyes.

Juli Miracle, who arranged for the picture to be taken after the July 1 death of her father, Roy Miracle, said the picture was a tribute to her father's fun-loving ways and his love for Ohio State University, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch reported Thursday.

"I didn't do it for anybody but Dad and I," Juli Miracle said of the picture, which quickly spread across the Internet. "To me, it was the best honor and tribute to do for him and OSU."

The Rev. Mark Chow, who presided over the funeral at First United Methodist Church in Newark, said the photo was a fitting tribute to Roy Miracle.

"He was a fun-loving man who loved to tease," Chow said.

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