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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Problems Persist at Floral Hills Memory Gardens at Circleville and Chillicothe Ohio

The ongoing situations:  

Lack of ownership, no regular routine maintenance performed by paid staff for the grounds or offices, or keeping proper burial records -- these are issues that persist unresolved at Floral Hills Memory Gardens cemeteries in Chillicothe, Ross County; and Circleville, Pickaway County.  

For the Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Chillicothe, the latest online newspaper report from January 10, 2016 published by Reporter, Chris Balusik, of the  "Chillicothe Gazette"includes this quotation: 

"A consumer protection lawsuit was brought against the owners in 2012 by the AG's office due to the high volume of similar complaints, and people have periodically banded together independently to perform maintenance on the property when they felt it was lacking. 

Robertson, who said the AG's office was only concerned with those who had spent money on products and services they had not received and not about the upkeep of the property, lauded those who have volunteered and said it's disgraceful they had to do the work themselves."


There is a Facebook Page dedicated to the Floral Hills Memory Gardens location in Chillicothe with the following description: 

"A sad neglected Cemetery that is being forgotten by our leaders. 

The owners have abandoned it and the Township refuses to care for it.

The Attorney Generals Office has filed suit against it....but it sits in the hands of the legal system unkempt.

A cemetery that is located at 4284 US RT 23 Chillicothe, OH 45601. 

The owners Joseph Miller filed CH 13 after fleeing to Nevada, his partner Ronald Downey has fled to Michigan. Neither has left any means of upkeep and care of the grounds and are refusing to honor any of the prepaid services that have been purchased thru the cemetery.

 Attorney General filed a suit against the 2 owners in May 2012, with nothing of any significance being done to get a resolution to the problem. One of the items Mr Miller is trying to do is surrender the property in lieu of taxes owed. 

By ORC the property would then be handed over to the Township that the property is located. (Huntington Twp, Ross County). 

The problem is Huntington Twp has refused to accept responsibility for the grounds due to the trustees claiming they are not financially able to maintain the grounds, they also state the have seeked guidance thru their "Prosecutor" and have been advised that they do not have to take it. 

With all legal issues aside ..it is the attempt by this group to bring this tragic situation to the public and clean up the Cemetery grounds and find a resolution to further maint. of the grounds."

There are 3,348 interments at: 


Regarding Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Circleville, Ohio, the latest details include the following from Connie Jones, volunteer at the cemetery:

"I'm hoping someone can help me. I organize the volunteer clean up activities at 
 Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Circleville Ohio. 

There is an office building there where cemetery records are kept and the roof is crumbling.  I have gotten one of the local funeral homes to buy me all the supplies to replace it, but now I'm looking for someone who could help replace it.  If anyone has any ideas please please let me know.  Thank you."

"We are just volunteers who try to keep thing looking good there for the  families who can't. 

We need man power and tools."

Connie can be contacted at cslittle4450@gmail.com

who says:  

"Yes at this time I just need the roof done, and I'm the only 

contact at the Oliver-Cheek Funeral Home in Ashville who brought me the 

supplies for the roof -- I just need volunteers."


So, volunteers are needed to complete the roof work.

There are 476 interments at: 

Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Circleville on "Find A Grave"

A May 14, 2016 clean-up at the Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Circleville is being planned.  
Volunteers are needed, but there is no electricity or water available at the cemetery, and also it is bring your own supplies.     

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