Indigent Kitsap residents laid to rest today

The Kitsap County Coroner’s Office will preside over a service to lay to rest the remains of 7 indigent Kitsap residents at 1 p.m. today (Thursday, September 1) at the Old Silverdale Cemetery.

The cemetery, where the county has buried other indigent individuals in previous services, is located off Impasse Place Northwest, which is off NW Anderson Hill Road, just past Central Kitsap High School. The public is welcome.

The coroner’s office, earlier this year, announced that it was running out of money in its $2,500 budget to bury those who have no family or means to do so. Local donors stepped forward to cover about $1,400 of the additional cost, but the coroner’s allotted annual budget was used up about halfway through the year, said Coroner Greg Sandstrom. Because state law requires counties to care for the remains of the indigent dead, money to make up the gap will come from the county’s general fund.

The coroner cremates those who have died and keeps the remains at its morgue, scheduling services every few years to give them a proper burial.

The names of those who will be honored at today’s service are below. If anyone has any information or knew any of these folks, please share it.

Delbert Hersa, 09/20/1949 to 09/14/2007
Betty Honeycutt, 09/06/1942 to 08/03/2007
Joyce E. Koranda, 11/18/1925 to 05/23/2009
Thomas L. Pratt, 08/16/1935 to 04/03/1996
Sue Stuart, 02/04/1928 to 08/21/2008
Jess M. Wilks, 12/09/1927 to 07/26/2009
Harry M. Gordan, 12/19/1940 to 01/01/2011

2 thoughts on “Indigent Kitsap residents laid to rest today

  1. how do I find out about when these ppl will be buried and how to help out? I always read about it after the fact, and would like to be able to honor them at their burial.

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