Join the Metro Times Press Club: Because no news is bad news.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Yet another disgusting Michigan funeral home has been shut down

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2018 at 1:48 PM

click to enlarge screen_shot_2018-03-07_at_1.27.23_pm.png

A Petoskey funeral home has been shut down after investigators reportedly found a rusty machete on the counter inside an embalming room, along with a possible worm infestation, unrefrigerated bodies, overflowing garbage, and bloody wooden coffins in what sounds like a real life house of horrors.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has summarily suspended Charles G. Parks Funeral Home's mortuary science establishment license. Owner Charles Guy Parks Jr. also had his individual mortuary science license suspended.



According to a press release from LARA, investigators also found human cremains stored alongside those of an owner's dog and pet pig, plus additional unidentified cremains.

The funeral home is also accused of incompetence in preforming mortuary science, plus gross negligence in practicing the occupation. LARA alleges the funeral home's license was fraudulently or deceitfully obtained. Additionally, they're accused of failing to escrow nearly $5,000 for prepaid funeral goods or services related to two prepaid funeral contracts, among other issues.

The home will be allowed to conduct funerals that were already in process as of Tuesday, March 6. The license suspension goes into effect March 9, after which time the funeral home has 60 days to re-assign or cancel any other prepaid contracts.

Members of the public who have questions regarding business they've done with the funeral home can call LARA’s Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing bureau at 517-241-7000 or go to LARA-CSCL-Securities-Audit@michigan.gov.

Tags: , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 23, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit