BEACON — Walter L. Wurster, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, died on Jan. 11, 1982.

His cremated remains have been in storage at Libby Funeral Home in Beacon since then because no one claimed them.

Wurster's ashes were finally buried Thursday — one day shy of 37 years after he died — following a brief ceremony in Libby's chapel. The cremated remains of three other veterans in the same situation, including a World War II veteran who died almost 41 years ago, were also honored at the ceremony.

The ashes of all four are now buried in Calverton National Cemetery, a Veterans Administration cemetery on Long Island.

Their common tie to the area was that they all died at the Castle Point VA Hospital in Wappingers Falls.

Their mourners on Thursday were mostly local veterans.

Clergy members who spoke at the service said the four men’s service to the nation was never completely forgotten.

“While they may not be remembered by many, God remembers all of us,” said the Rev. George Mangan, pastor of Christ Church United Methodist.

When Matthew Fiorillo, the new owner of Libby’s, found the ashes being stored at the home, he made arrangements with Castle Point to have them buried at Calverton.

Besides Wurster, who was married and had a son, the deceased included:

— Henry C. Garrity, who served in the Navy in World War II and died March 5, 1978, at the age of 67. He was a widower but had a brother.

— Adam Garber, an Army staff sergeant in World War II who died at the age of 73 on Aug. 30, 1979. He was single and had a brother.

— James Melvin, who served with the Army in Vietnam and died at the age of 53 on Jan. 1, 2003. No family information was available.

Melvin lived in Beacon for a short time; the others were from New York City and Westchester County.

“They fought against our enemies, foreign and domestic,” said Rabbi Brent Chaim Spodek of the Beacon Hebrew Alliance.

Ellen Pearson Gersh, a cantor with the alliance, chanted a traditional prayer for the dead.

The Rev. Karl Lindblad, chaplain at Castle Point, offered a final blessing: “Grant them eternal rest, and let perpetual light shine upon them.”

Two elements of a traditional military funeral were incorporated into the service. A bugler played “Taps.” And, while there were no relatives of any of the deceased veterans present, two members of the military escort that would accompany the ashes to the Long Island burial folded an American flag and symbolically presented it to the veterans and others assembled.

“On behalf of the president of the United States and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s honorable and faithful service,” one of the escorts said.