Houston I Have A Problem: WCPO viewers help Elsmere man in search for father's grave

Elsmere man finds father's grave marker
Posted at 10:02 AM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 10:03:01-04

ELSMERE, Ky. — Jerry Ingguls was overcome with emotion when perfect strangers reached out to help him find his father's grave at Mary E. Smith Memorial Cemetery -- a finding two years in the making.

"It's been a long time coming," Ingguls said. "It's a whole lot different. They moved stuff around."

Ingguls spent more than a decade away from Elsmere, and when he came back, he was unable to locate his father's grave marker in the location where he knew his father was buried. Instead the spot was frozen and covered in mud.

That was in February, when WCPO helped Ingguls find the general area where his father's grave was located.

Two WCPO viewers who saw the report, Donna and William Frazier, went a step further. The Fraziers understood Ingguls' frustration because of a similar problem that impacted their family in 2016 at the same cemetery, they said. The Fraziers decided to assist in the search.

"It took me five minutes. I mean you generally had the location," William Frazier said. "It was just a matter of uncovering."

"It's a blessing and it's an honor. And it's all by the grace of God," Donna Frazier said.

Now Ingguls has a renewed belief in the kindness of others -- and can celebrate the fact that he has a place to honor his father.

"He's always going to be in my heart and in my mind," he said. "I love him to death, and I think about him all the time. Now that I know where it is I can come anytime that I want to."

"Just because they're gone -- they're never forgotten," William Frazier said. "I still come out here regularly to visit my grandfather. I put a balloon there today because today is his birthday."

Another problem solved.

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