Gravestone With Rude Message Receives Uproar


Each tombstone is meant to be unique to each individual. In one instance, a tombstone in Iowa is garnering a bit of attention for the not-so-hidden message etched into the stone.

Steven Paul Owens had quite the creative phrase written on his tombstone in the Warren-Powers Cemetery. The first letter in each of the starting words in the phrase “F**k Off.”

The crude saying isn’t something random that the family added. Owens often said the words in a joking manner.

“It was definitely his term of endearment. If he didn’t like you, he didn’t speak to you. It’s just who he was,” said Steven’s daughter Lindsay Owens.

Despite it being a lighthearted joke within the family, many people have not approved of the obscene message. Even the cemetery staff have said they have been against the headstone from the beginning. They also mentioned that profanity has no place where loved ones are laid to rest.

Since those comments, the family is hoping the cemetery staff leave the gravestone as is and don’t try removing it.

“No one’s forcing anyone to come out and look at it. That’s a choice that you make. We didn’t do it to offend anyone, make anyone mad or hurt anyone’s feelings. We did it because it was our father, and we love him, and that’s how we remember him,” Steven’s son Zachary Owens said.

The cemetery has yet to provide any answers as to whether or not the family would be forced to remove the tombstone.


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