Funeral home in Klamath Falls drops license suspension appeal

Klamath Falls, Ore. – The former director of a Klamath Falls funeral home says he’s dropping an appeal on the loss of his license to operate.

Eternal Hills and Memorial Gardens had its license revoked by the state in March of 2016.

The action followed 12 complaints that included service cost disputes, violations of industry standards, and claims that remains were mishandled.

Former Eternal Hills Director Tim Lancaster now works with Family Heritage Services.  “Although we still feel there was no wrongdoing, there’s a matter of dropping the appeal because of the cost factor.”

Eternal Hills cemetery remains open, and Lancaster says a new entity is being formed to continue operations.  “They are developing a lot owners association that creates a non-profit cemetery, so that the community and the public is taken care of.”

That non-profit must still be approved by the Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board.

In addition to revoking Eternal Hills license to operate, the state also imposed fines of nearly $200,000.

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