Puckett's remains presented to his children

Updated: October 24, 2006, 7:00 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- Kirby Puckett's cremated remains were awarded to the Hall of Famer's children.

Puckett, who starred for the Minnesota Twins, died in March at 45 after a stroke. His body was cremated in the Twin Cities and the ashes were kept by a funeral home.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Benjamin E. Vatz ruled it was an emotional hardship to deny the remains to the children -- Catherine, 16, and Kirby Jr., 14. Had Puckett "not wanted his remains to be in the home of" his children, "then he would have taken care to express that wish in writing," Vatz wrote in a ruling issued Monday.

Puckett's fiancee, Jodi Olson, sought the ashes, saying she wanted some of them for a locket. The couple was living together in Scottsdale when he died.

The judge also removed Puckett's friend, Brian Woods, as the personal representative of the Puckett estate.

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