Petoskey Funeral Home Shut Down Over Unsanitary Conditions

A Petoskey funeral home has been shut down because of unsanitary conditions.

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has suspended the Charles G. Parks Funeral Home in Petoskey because of multiple violations of the Michigan Occupational Code and the Prepaid Funeral and Cemetery Sales Act.

According to LARA, inspectors found deplorable and unsanitary conditions at the funeral home.

LARA reports inspectors found an unsanitary embalming room with a rusty machete on the counter, sanitized tools, overflowing garbage receptacles and a baseboard trim showing evidence of a suspected worm infestation.

LARA also says they found storage of human cremains alongside cremains of the owner’s dog and pet pig.

According to LARA, inspectors also found embalmed bodies stored in an unrefrigerated garage and an unrefrigerated chapel.

Wooden caskets with blood-stained cardboard inside of them were also found in a loft area about the funeral home.

LARA also accuses the funeral home of fraud and deceit in obtaining a license or registration, incompetence in the practice of mortuary science, and gross negligence in practicing an occupation.

LARA says the funeral home has 60 days to assign its existing prepaid contracts to another person or cancel the contracts and issue refunds to each buyer.

Those with questions or concerns about the operation of Charles G. Parks Funeral Home should contact the Securities & Audit Division within LARA’s Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing bureau at 517-335-5237, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, or by email at

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