State suspends license for R.O. Savage Funeral Chapel
LANSING — The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) announced Jan. 17 that it has suspended the license and registration for the R.O. Savage Funeral Chapel in Standish, and alleged funeral home affiliate Richard Weishuhn was practicing mortuary sciences with a license.
A press release from LARA the agency ordered Weishuhn to cease and desist from practicing mortuary sciences.
According to the press release, an investigation into the chapel found three alleged violations, including the failure to escrow more than $600,000 of prepaid funeral contracts, the sale of 162 prepaid funeral contracts totaling more than $580,000 while unlicensed, and operating without a licensed manager.
LARA’s Corporate, Securities and Commercial Licensing Bureau ordered the cease and desist against Weishuhn for maintaining the funeral chapel and engaging in the alleged unlicensed practice of mortuary science, which is regulated under the state’s occupational code. The press release said Weishuhn was ordered to halt all activities requiring a mortuary science license, which includes maintaining a funeral establishment and representing himself in connection with a funeral establishment.
Dave Ramsay, owner of Lee-Ramsay Funeral Home in Pinconning, said he was contacted by R.O. Savage’s about helping out with funeral home patrons in the case of an emergency. He said Lee-Ramsay is assisting families if a need arises, but could make no comment on the allegations against the Standish funeral home.
A representative from Savage’s could not be reached for comment as of press time.
The Michigan Funeral Directors Association has assisted LARA in locating funeral homes to assist families in the area who need to make funeral arrangements. Funeral homes listed in the LARA press release include Buresh Funeral Homes in Tawas and Prescott, and C.L. Forshee Funeral Homes in Au Gres and Twining.
The email from LARA said any members of the public with more questions about the issue can contact the agency at 517-335-3056, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.