He was a Marine in World War II, reaching the rank of sergeant before his honorable discharge.
I need help to put away my father without having to bury him in a pauper's grave. — Grieving Daughter, El Centro
Why don't you call the county public administrator? The county will pay for a "decent" funeral and burial for a veteran if that's what you want. If you want cremation, the county will pay for that, too.
Let's explain that a "direct" cremation means the body goes directly from the mortuary icebox to the crematorium with none of the niceties like grooming and public viewing. The cost for the no-frills cremation is $1,100.
Add a casket, viewing and such and the price may (likely will) reach $3,000. A moderate but nice funeral and burial will run about $4,000 to $5,000.
OK, PROBE readers, if you want to help this daughter pay her last respects to her dad, call Hems Bros. Mortuary (352-5661) in El Centro or Gloria at 352-4980.
QUESTION: Our toilet overflowed, the kitchen sink won't empty and we can't take a shower. My mother called Houseman Plumbing to unplug the sewer. She asked how much it would cost and was told $59.
The plumber came but never did unplug the line. At the end of an hour, he said he was leaving unless my mother wanted him to continue at $59 an hour. He said it could take another three or four hours! My mother argued that she thought the charge was $59 to unplug the line. That's unfair! — Still Plugged, El Centro
We called Houseman and left a message with its answering service, but nobody returned our call, so we only have your side of the story.
Obviously, there was a failure to communicate. Such miscues will hurt the plumbing company more than it will hurt you.
We use a drain service that charges a flat fee for unplugging a line. We think that's what you thought you had.
QUESTION: We got a check for $5.42 in the mail from the Oakland Processing Center drawn on a rebate/refund trust account. There was nothing in the envelope and nothing written on the check. Can we cash it? — Nervous, El Centro
Examine the check for tiny print to make sure you're not settling an important matter or switching your telephone service. Then cash it.