Veteran’s Family Upset Over Remains Left in Dumpster

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CLEVELAND -- Eric Wiley, 63, was a husband, a father, a grandfather and an honorable veteran of the United States Army.

When he died in 2010 of cardiac arrest, he left behind a loving family who expected him to have a final resting place in a veteran's cemetery.

"We had a funeral, and then after that, the remains were supposed to go to a military slot. I signed papers for that," said his widow, Dorothy, on Thursday.

Instead, Wiley's cremated remains and those of two other people were discovered in a large commercial dumpster in Akron on Tuesday.

What all three had in common was Funeral Director Charles Taylor, who explained to FOX 8 News that they may have been in a Macedonia storage unit he was renting, along with someone else.

Taylor explained that he was locked out of the storage unit after payments had not been made.

The owner of the storage facility told FOX 8 on Wednesday that Taylor owed him $4,000, but would not answer questions about how the boxes of cremated remains ended up in an Akron dumpster.

That, however, was not where Dorothy Wiley expected her late husband's remains to ever be found.

"We thought everything was taken care of. I mean, it was enough to lose him in the first place, but for someone to deliberately abuse him in such a way is very upsetting," said Wiley.

Wiley said the funeral director knew how and where to get in touch with her late husband's family. In fact, she said he even visited their house when they were making arrangements for the funeral.

"That's the worst you can do is to dump, that's garbage. We dump garbage all the time, but you don't do human beings like that because we have feelings, we have emotions," said Wiley.

Taylor re-claimed the remains on Tuesday at the urging of FOX 8 and has vowed to provide them a dignified final resting place.

Wiley says she doesn't wish anyone harm, but after learning her late husband's remains were found in a dumpster three years after she believed they were turned over to the veterans administration, she wonders if her husband was the only veteran whose remains were left in storage and believes somebody needs to be held accountable.

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  • Qween

    I use to work for Mr. Taylor and from experience, I will say this is not apart of his character to be inconsiderate of another person. He is a very compassionate person who helps many people and handles a lot concerning the funeral business by himself. He is still human and humans can not only make mistakes but after months/years, things can be forgotten especially when you bare various responsibilities. This is sad but according to both sides, Mr. Taylor should not bare all the blame if the owner’s of the building he rented, threw them out. He could’ve definitely moved them to another location, notified the family etc but if he wasn’t the actual person to throw out the remains, have a little mercy on him. I really don’t feel it was intentional on his part. If nothing else, I pray this is a lesson learned for him and this never happens again to another family.

  • cindy

    The family never knew he wasn’t buried? They never visited the grave site? I know that’s irrelevant, I am just wondering why nobody noticed.

    • Phyllis Dutton

      Those were my same thoughts. How they could not know! Seriously! Can’t believe they never followed through with some sort of gathering at the “assumed” burial site. Or for “no one” to ever go to visit the site. Just a bit strange to me.

  • Howard Beale

    Even if the family never visited his final resting place (which was supposed to be in a national cemetery) how does that excuse the fact that they had a contract and an expectation that his remains were to be turned over to the veterans administration for a dignified final resting place. They didn’t agree to have the remains placed in a macedonia storage unit for three years then thrown in a dumpster. And….with respect to Akron…..that’s where the dumpster is. The funeral director is in Euclid and Twinsburg. The veteran and his family are from Cleveland. The storage facility was in macedonia. Akron is just where someone decided to leave the remains in a dumptster. Even if this funeral director owed the storage facility money,,,,,, please everyone ask yourself this question…….how would you feel if your loved one’s remains were found in a dumpster…ESPECIALLY when they were supposed to be in a national cemetery!!!! But its the family’s fault because they didn’t visit the site… whatever

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