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By Lou Marzeles

Cemetery leaves casket unburied for days


A burial last week at I.O.O.F. Mountain View Cemetery in Goldendale left a casket exposed to elements for days and drew the dismay of stunned family members.

Julia Hart, sister-in-law of James Randall, who died April 2 and whose funeral was April 6, says the situation was unbearably botched by the cemetery staff. Cemetery staff and a trustee at present refuse to comment on the record, though the Washington State office of the I.O.O.F. says it is looking into the matter.

“Jim was supposed to be buried on Saturday,” Hart recalls. She says Derek Krentz at Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel told the family some minor modifications were required at the grave site, and she and the family left a...

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