Officials: Whitehall funeral director buried empty urn, misled family

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Thomas Claude Clock III (Photo from the Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office)

Thomas Claude Clock III (Photo from the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office)

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP/WXMI) — The Muskegon County Prosecutor says a funeral director in Whitehall buried an empty urn and mislead a family into thinking it contained a relative’s cremated remains.

Thomas Claude Clock III turned himself in Friday at the Muskegon County Jail. He’s charged with fraud, attempted larceny by conversion of at least $1,000 and conducting mortuary services without a license.

Clock was the owner-operator of the now-closed Clock Funeral Home of White Lake that’s located in Whitehall. It’s not affiliated with other funeral homes with the Clock name.

Prosecutors say Clock was performing funeral and mortuary services without a license since Oct. 31 and the fraudulent burial took place Dec. 28.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  • NativeOfMichigan

    Information about Whitehall Clock Funeral Home according to the Muskegon Clock Life Story Funeral Homes website (
    “In 1971, growth extended north to Whitehall, when two funeral homes were purchased and consolidated on South Mears Avenue to become Clock Funeral Home of White Lake. Thomas Clock, Jr. and his son, Thomas III, run that firm to this day, but it is now a separate corporation apart from the Clock Life Story Funeral Homes.”