State Reps hold Town Hall about Eternal Hills Cemetery
Klamath Falls —
Sisters Judy Keenan and Brenda Duffy just want answers about what's going to happen to Eternal Hills Cemetery. Both their parents are buried there, and they have a family plot.
"When you go to the cemetery and the sun is shining and even if it's snowing, you look at the sky and look at nature and you find some peace in being with the memories of your loved ones," said Keenan. "And when you go out there with everything going on it's like there is no peace to be had when you go there."
News 10 has been following this story since march of 2016 , when the cemetery first had it's license threatened for claims from 2008 to 2014 of work and settlements not being done.
Later that month the owner was no longer able to offer funerary services after the state revoked its license for mishandling remains.
In June of this year, the cemetery locked its gates after the owner, Robert Gordon, could no longer afford to keep up with the facility.
In August, Klamath County District Attorney , Eve Costello said the cemetery would continue to remain open and pass ownership of the the cemetery along to another party.
And finally in September the state of Oregon filed involuntary bankruptcy against eternal hills memorial gardens and funeral home.
Monday night, state representatives held a town hall to speak with residents about the bankruptcy process and answer any questions.
The representatives couldn't give legal advice, but advised families to fill out a claim if they wanted to be compensated for money lost.
"We were notified by Eternal Hills that my father, who had predeceased my mother, was not buried where his marker was placed," said Keenan.
She says this happened in 2011, and ever since, they've been trying to find where their father is.
"My parents final wish was that they rest beside each other and we want to make that happen," said Keenan.
She says there are other families who are dealing with some type of issue with the cemetery.
"There are families that we have talked to, and to watch the amount of pain and suffering that has been caused its inhumane," said Keenan.
All they want is a what they paid for, a neat, peaceful resting spot for themselves and their loved ones.
There will be a meeting Tuesday December 5th of bankruptcy creditors at 10:30 am at the Klamath County Courthouse. The meeting is open to the public.