Update: Man Gets OK To Be Buried Next To Wife 6-04-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Update: Man Gets OK To Be Buried Next To Wife 6-04-2010

WNEM TV5 Follow Up: Earlier this week WNEM TV5 aired a story about a Saginaw man who was told he would not be able to be buried next to his wife because tree roots were preventing cemetery crews from digging a regular plot in that spot.
TV5 went to City Hall to Ask The Tough Question and now the Heitkamp family is getting some results.
"I’m glad it's over," 81-year-old Jim Heitkamp said after receiving word the city will now allow him to be buried next his wife at Oakwood Cemetery.
Watch: Family, City Try To Work Out Cemetery Plot Problems
City officials previously told Jim the only way he’d be able to be buried next to wife of more than five decades was if he was cremated and placed in an urn. The city told the family a large oak tree with huge roots was preventing cemetery crews from digging a regular plot in that spot.
Jim’s daughter and son-in-law offered to pay to have the tree and roots removed plus provide replacement trees, but the city still said no.
That’s until WNEM TV5 went to Public Works director Tom Darnell and Asked The Tough Questions.
Now, the city has done an about-face and agreed to let the family remove the tree at their own expense. The peace of mind of a proper burial far outweighs any tree removal costs, according to the family.
"I’d like to see this come to a conclusion by Father’s Day," Jim’s son-in-law Dave Mook said. "I can’t think of a better present for my father-in-law than being able to come out here and see he’s going to be laid to rest next to his wife of 53 years."
The Heitkamp family has already had one tree company come out and provide an estimate of how much it will coast to remove the oak tree.
Jim’s wife, Donna, passed away last October.
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