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Jailed Funeral Director's Cousin To Take Over Remains At Business


  Dale Clock, the owner of Clock Funeral Homes in Muskegon County, received permission from a probate judge to take over remains and records from Clock Funeral Home in White Hall, which was owned by his cousin Thomas Clock. 

When Thomas Clock went to jail on March 11 facing two drunken driving arrests and two felony fraud charges, families who had pre-ordered with his business, Clock Funeral Homes in White Hall, began to worry about arrangements they had already made with him.

“There have been concerns from people who have made pre-arranged funerals with the funeral home in White Hall. And over the last three to four weeks we have received multiple, multiple calls on people wondering what is happening with those, are they still safe, are the funds still there.”

That’s Dale Clock, of Clock Funeral Homes, and Thomas Clock’s cousin. A Probate in Muskegon signed an order authorizing Dale Clock to take over remains and records. For his part Dale Clock says he’s made efforts including open houses to reassure families that their arrangements are fine. He also says they will be working to make an inventory of all the White Hall records and remains.   

“So if someone had not picked up their ashes yet then we will, you know, take custody of those and we will then verify with his other files to make sure that we can try and contact those families and see if they want to pick those up.”

Mariano Avila is WGVU's inclusion reporter. He has made a career of bringing voices from the margins to those who need to hear them. Over the course of his career, Mariano has written for major papers in English and Spanish, published in magazines, worked in broadcast, and produced short films, commercials, and nonprofit campaigns. He also briefly served at a foreign consulate, organized for international human rights efforts and has done considerable work connecting marginalized people to religious, educational, and nonprofit institutions through the power of story.
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