A bench donated by Wylie Monuments is placed in front of a crypt at Mountain View Cemetery which will hold the unclaimed cremains of people formerly stored at the Walla Walla County Coroner's Office. Officials and residents held a ceremony today to recognize the new crypt.
Photo by Andy Porter.
WALLA WALLA — A new resting place for the unclaimed remains of more than 200 men, women and children was officially dedicated today.
Local clergymen, officials and private citizens attended the ceremony at Mountain View Cemetery this morning for the recently established public crypt. The remains housed in the crypt, some dating back to the 1940s, were formerly kept at the Walla Walla County Coroner’s Office.
County Coroner Richard Greenwood said establishment of the crypt was due to the work of numerous people, many of whom volunteered their time and labor to achieve the goal. Among the many he thanked were Frank Brown, former county coroner, and Wayne Jorstad, former deputy coroner.
Clergymen and religious leaders from a range of different faiths offered prayers to honor and recognize the dead.
“Those people we honor here today had a life,” said Armand Minthorn of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. “We honor those people and their lives ... Today we’re here to help take care of their remains.”
Walla Walla County Commissioner Greg Tompkins thanked everyone for taking time to help dedicate the crypt and honor those now interred in it. “This is by far the most rewarding thing I’ve done in my 11 years as a commissioner,” he said.