Funeral home owner tied to bogus burials in hospital


WHITEHALL, Mich. (WOOD) – A court hearing for the Muskegon County funeral home owner accused of burying empty urns will have to wait.

A judge adjourned Monday’s hearing for Thomas Clock after he was rushed from his jail cell to the hospital.

The cause of Clock’s medical issue and his condition are not clear.

Clock is accused of burying at least two empty urns in the Fruitland Township Cemetery – one for 5-month old Ryan Zack and the other for 86-year-old Helen Anthony.

The prosecutor expects to file a new fraud charge against Clock later Monday in connection to the infant’s bogus burial.

The investigation started after Clock was arrested for drunk driving in January. Several days later, Anthony’s body was foundin the back of his funeral home van.

She was supposed to have been cremated weeks earlier.

Clock has already been charged with fraud in connection to Anthony’s empty urn.  He’s also charged with operating a funeral home without a state license; his mortuary science expired in October.

Clock was arrested again on March 11 on a second drunken driving offense.

Jodi Clock, owner of the Muskegon area Clock Funeral Home, which is not related to Thomas Clock’s business, says funeral home has been flooded by phone calls from Thomas Clock’s clients.

She told 24 Hour News 8 a primary complaint she’s encountered is people who paid Thomas Clock for a headstone they have yet to receive.

The Clock Funeral Home in Whitehall is not connected to other Clock Funeral Homes along the lakeshore.

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