Militant tax protester Gordon Kahl, denied a military funeral because of the violence that surrounded his final months, was buried beside a church on the windswept plains of North Dakota as friends and family mourned.

Among the mourners at the Bowdon Seventh Day Adventist Country Church were five of Kahl's six children, according to one son, Fred Kahl, 22, of Crosby, N.D.

Another son, Yorie Kahl, 23, was convicted of second-degree murder in the Feb. 13 shooting deaths of two U.S. marshals and was being held along with two other men at the Clay County Law Enforcement Center in Moorhead, Minn., awaiting sentencing.

Gordon Kahl, a member of the anti-tax, survivalist group Posse Comitatus, was killed in Arkansas June 3 in a gunfight with Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Matthews, who also was killed.

Kahl's body was burned beyond recognition when tear gas canisters touched off a fire in the concrete house near Walnut Ridge.

Kahl, a retired farmer who grew up and lived near Heaton most of his 63 years, had been the target of a nationwide manhunt for nearly four months after being accused of murder in the marshals' slayings near Medina, N.D.