A cemetery in Iowa thinks a household’s closing joke to a cherished one is a grave mistake.
Steven “Stevie” Paul Owens died Sept. 2, 2021, “to go play Yahtzee in heaven along with his mother,” in keeping with his obituary. The lifelong Cubs and Steelers fan who “cherished his dialog with a shot of Fireball” was buried in Warren-Powers Cemetery in Polk County.
Which was all properly and good till Owens’ household determined to kick up the colourful language they utilized in his obit by including some refined profanity to his not too long ago put in gravestone, native information channel KCCI-TV studies.
One facet of the gravestone is completely harmless, containing a saying that Owens’ grandparents have been keen on utilizing: “In case you don’t hear, you’ll should really feel.”
The opposite facet, nonetheless, comprises a number of strategically positioned traces, the primary letters of which spell out “fuck off.”
Owens’ relations mentioned Owens would have cherished the hidden message — and that he typically used the phrase.
“It was positively his time period of endearment,” Owens’ daughter, Lindsay Owens Andrews, advised KCCI. “If he didn’t such as you, he didn’t communicate to you. It’s simply who he was.”
Owens’ son, Zachary Owens, advised the tv station that he and different relations even tried to coerce the phrase out of him at instances.
“He’s simply riled up. It was at all times a purpose of some kind to have him inform you to do that,” Zachary Owens mentioned. Steven Owens’ survivors mentioned he didn’t know concerning the inscription earlier than his demise, however that he’d discover it amusing.
Sadly, Warren-Powers Cemetery and households of others who’re buried on the grounds don’t discover the joke very humorous.
The cemetery’s board of trustees advised the Owens household and the maker of the gravestone to not place it. However they did anyway.
In an emailed assertion to native information station WHO, the board mentioned that profanity just isn’t allowed on monuments as a result of “these others who’ve a spot within the cemetery have the best of decency afforded to them.”
“They are not looking for nor do they admire the stone being within the cemetery,” the assertion reads. “This group is not going to cease till they’ve the gravestone eliminated.”
However the Owens household thinks everybody else ought to loosen up (and maybe a shot of Fireball might assist).
“Nobody’s forcing anybody to come back out and take a look at it. That’s a selection that you simply make,” Zachary Owens advised KCCI. “We didn’t do it to offend anybody or harm anybody’s emotions. We did it as a result of it was our father and we love him and that’s the best way we keep in mind him.”