The U.S. Postal Service Lost an Ohio Man's Wife's Ashes


If the recent tale of the TSA going above and beyond the call of stupidity by unscrewing the lid on an urn holding the ashes of a Cleveland area man's mother and spilling them in his suitcase wasn't evidence enough of avoiding the government when dealing with the remains of a loved one, this week the postal service is getting on the action.

The AP relates the story of Norman Kirkendall. His dearly departed wife passed away at a Cleveland area hospital earlier this month at the age of 80. Kirkendall paid for Priority Mail Express with a one-day guarantee so that her ashes would be sent back to their Columbus-area home by that Saturday in time for the funeral.

The U.S. Postal Service confirmed that the shipment went to Columbus and then was "signed out for local delivery."

And then? Nothing. No ashes. No remains in time for the funeral. And no clue where they ended up.

"I feel like I've lost her," he told the papers.

Meanwhile, a U.S. Postal Service spokesman said the organization is pursuing a "vigilant search" for the missing remains. Which is all well and good, because Kirkendall is postponing the burial ceremony until his beloved wife's remains are found.

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