‘We didn’t do it to offend anyone’: Hidden message with expletive on headstone raises concerns

THEIR FATHER FOR HIS PERSONALITY. NYMAAV HE FOUND THEIR FINAL RESTING PLACE IN THE WARREN POWERS CEMETYERND A POLK COUNTY EACH TOMBSTONE READS SOMETHING DIFFERENT SOME EVEN WITH HIDDEN MESSAGES LIKE THIS ONE FOR STEPHEN PAUL OWENS, HIS RDSEA FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN. CHERISH MEMORIES KNOWN AS OUR SON BROTHER FATHER PAPA UNCLE FRIEND AND COUSIN IF YOU LOOK A LITTLE BIT CLOSERT A THE FIRST LETTER OF EACH PHRASE, YOU’LL SEE THE STONE READFS A PHRASE OWENS’S FAMILY MEMBERS SHARE. HE OFTEN SAID JOKINGLY WAS DEFITENILY A HIS TERM OF ENDEARMENT IF HE DIDN’T LIKE YOU HE DIDN’T SPEAK TO YOU. IT’S JUST WHO HE WAS YOU EASILY RILED UP. YEAH. IT WAS ALWAYS KIND OF I DON’T KNOW A GOAL OF SOME SORT TO GET EMTH TO TELL YOU TO DO THIS. HARMLESS WAY TO REMEMBER HIM AND IT’S BEEN CALLED INTO QUESTION BY. THE FROM THE BEGINNING THEY SAY THE PROFANITY HAS NO PLACE WHERE LOVED ONES ARE LAID TO REST FOR ETERNITY. NOW, THE FAMILY IS HINOPG TYHE DON’T HAVE TO GET RID OF THE GRAVESTONE WHILE SOME MAY FIND THE DEFENSIVE THE FAMILY SAYS THAT WASN’T THEIR INTENTION AND THEY HOPE OTHERS CAN FIND HUMOR IN IT. UNFORTUNATELY WANTED TO COME OUT AND LOOK AT IT. THAT’S A YOU MAKEND A WE DIDN’T DO IT TO OFFEND ANYONE TO MAKE ANYONE MAD TO HURT ANYONE’S FEELINGS. WE DID IT BECAUSE I WTAS OUR FATHER AND WE LOVE HIM AND THAT’S THE WAY WE REMEMBER. WHITTEN BECK MEMORIAL CREATED THE TOMBSNETO FOR THE FAMILY. THEY JUST T

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‘We didn’t do it to offend anyone’: Hidden message with expletive on headstone raises concerns

It may not look like it at first glance, but a headstone at a cemetery in Iowa has a hidden message.”Forever in our hearts, until we meet again, cherished memories, known as our brother, father, papa, uncle, friend, and cousin,” said Lindsay Owens, daughter of the late Steven Owens.If you pay special attention to the headstone, you’ll notice that the first letter of each phrase reads “(expletive) off.”It’s something that Steven Owens’ family members say he often said jokingly.”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,” Lindsay Owens said.”He’s easily riled up. It was always a goal of some sort to have him tell you to do this,” said Zachary Owens, Steven’s son.Steven’s family said that the epitaph is something his family did as a harmless way to remember him, but it has now been called into question by the cemetery.Cemetery staff members said they’ve been against the headstone from the beginning. They said the profanity has no place where loved ones are laid to rest for eternity.Now, Steven Owens’ family is hoping they don’t have to get rid of the headstone.While some may find it offensive, the family says that wasn’t their intention and they hope others can find humor in 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 or hurt anyone’s feelings. We did it because it was our father and we love him and that’s the way we remember him,” Zachary Owens said.

It may not look like it at first glance, but a headstone at a cemetery in Iowa has a hidden message.

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“Forever in our hearts, until we meet again, cherished memories, known as our brother, father, papa, uncle, friend, and cousin,” said Lindsay Owens, daughter of the late Steven Owens.

If you pay special attention to the headstone, you’ll notice that the first letter of each phrase reads “(expletive) off.”

It’s something that Steven Owens’ family members say he often said jokingly.

“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,” Lindsay Owens said.

“He’s easily riled up. It was always a goal of some sort to have him tell you to do this,” said Zachary Owens, Steven’s son.

Steven’s family said that the epitaph is something his family did as a harmless way to remember him, but it has now been called into question by the cemetery.

Cemetery staff members said they’ve been against the headstone from the beginning. They said the profanity has no place where loved ones are laid to rest for eternity.

Now, Steven Owens’ family is hoping they don’t have to get rid of the headstone.

While some may find it offensive, the family says that wasn’t their intention and they hope others can find humor in 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 or hurt anyone’s feelings. We did it because it was our father and we love him and that’s the way we remember him,” Zachary Owens said.

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