Ex-funeral director tied to bogus burials enters plea

A mug shot of Thomas Clock from the Muskegon County Jail.

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — A Muskegon County funeral director accused of empty-box burials has taken a plea deal on two of the charges he’s facing.

Thomas Clock III pleaded no contest Thursday morning in Muskegon County Circuit Court to fraud and performing an occupation without a license. As part of the plea deal, a charge of larceny by conversion will be dropped and his sentence will be capped so he will spend no more than eight months in jail, in addition to probation.

Clock, 61, was the owner of Clock Funeral Home of White Lake in Whitehall when he was arrested in January for drunk driving. Three days after his arrest, a woman’s body was discovered in Clock’s parked funeral home minivan – the same van Clock was driving at the time of his arrest.

The body was that of 86-year-old Helen Anthony, who died on Dec. 3. Authorities said Clock held a fake burial on Dec. 28 and buried an empty urn, misleading Anthony’s relatives into thinking it contained her remains.

Clock is also accused of deceiving a family into believing they were burying the remains of their 5-month-old son when in fact authorities said the urn was empty.

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