Family outraged that cemetery can't find father's grave
Howard Felch was buried in the New Pine Grove Cemetery in Raymond in 1994, but cemetery officials cannot find his grave. JASON SCHREIBER
Felch's sudden death on Nov. 14 has unearthed a situation that has outraged her children, who learned that the town has no record of where their father's remains were buried in the New Pine Grove Cemetery when he died in 1994.
The cemetery plot problem was discovered when Felch's children began making arrangements to bury their 60-year-old mother, who died unexpectedly at the Berwick, Maine, home she shared with Denbow.
Denbow said she knows his urn is there somewhere because she remembers attending her father's funeral when she was 13 and the family lived in Raymond.
"As it stands now, nobody in the town of Raymond has any idea where he is in the cemetery. I find it very disheartening that in this age of information there are no records of anything that's happened," said Felch's son Peter, who now lives in Fremont. He is one of seven children.
A wooden cross was placed on the grave site after Howard Felch died, but it has since disappeared. Some of the children visited the cemetery when the cross was there, but haven't been in recent years, Denbow said.
Town manager helping
The town is now looking into the matter.
Town Manager Craig Wheeler, who oversees the town's cemeteries, said the family made him aware of the problem Monday and that he is researching to see if he can help locate their father's remains.
The family also sought help from Brewitt Funeral Home in its search for answers, but still can't find their father's grave.
"I can't even go there to talk to him because they can't locate him," she said.