Posted by Nick Dutton - email
FINDLAY, OH (WTOL) – Folks finally got some owners Thursday about funerals they had prepaid for at a Findlay funeral home that has been shut down since June.
When Routson Funeral Home owner Greg Routson's license was suspended because of numerous alleged violations, more than people were left wondering what happened to the combined $2 million they had paid for burial services.
"The biggest concern that consumers initially had was, "I paid $6,000 five years ago. Is that money safe?" said Ohio Funeral Board's Jennifer Baugess.
In fact, the Ohio Funeral Board says the money paid to Rouston is safe and that they have not had an instance where the funds were unavailable.
As a result, the board is holding meetings Thursday and Friday at the Findlay Senior Center for those affected so they can transfer the funds to other funeral homes.
Additionally, the board says other local funeral homes have been very cooperative about the transfers.
Baugess also says it is unlikely something like this will happen again because over 12 years only four funeral homes have had their licenses suspended.
Elsie Barnes says she was shocked when she learned about what happened because she had prepaid for her own funeral services.
Barnes and her daughter-in-law traveled from Tennessee to get everything taken care of.
She plans to be buried next to her husband in Acadia and is glad everything is now sorted out even if it did involve filling out a lot of paperwork.
However, her daughter-in-law says the peace of mind is worth the aggravation.
"It saves a lot of hassle, that everything is preset so you don't have to worry about that when it happens," said Sandra Barnes.
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