7-foot Spongebob headstone deemed inappropriate, removed from military grave
The family of Sgt. Kimberly Walker was devastated when she was found dead in her Colorado Springs hotel room on Valentine’s Day. Her boyfriend, also a soldier, was charged with first-degree murder. They buried Kimberly with a SpongeBob Squarepants doll—her childhood favorite, and decided to commemorate her with an unusual monument: A 7-foot tall, 7,000 pound SpongeBob headstone dressed in Army uniform.
The Walkers bought six family plots together and bought a second matching SpongeBob headstone for their other living daughter, Kimberly’s sister Kara who is an IT specialist for the Navy. It looks like this:
The Walkers cleared the designs with the cemetery before commissioning the headstones, and paid $26,000 for them in total.
However once the giant headstones were up the cemetery had second thoughts. Eight months after they went up, the cemetery told them they were inappropriate and would need to be removed.
“The family chose a design with the guidance of a Spring Grove employee who unfortunately made a serious error in judgment. The monument does not fit within Spring Grove Cemetery guidelines, was not approved by senior management and cannot remain here,” said the cemetery’s CEO, according to WLWT. “We are working with the Walker family and are committed to design a solution, at our expense, that will properly memorialize Kimberly within the context of Spring Grove’s historic landscape and guidelines,” he continued. Spring Grove is the second largest cemetery in the U.S.
“I feel like, and we all feel like, SpongeBob should stay there,” Deborah Walker said. “We did what we had to do and they said they could provide that service to us.”
There are some pretty incredible graves to be found worldwide—hopefully Spring Grove will present a classier solution than the Russian mafia graves that capture fallen bosses in eerily lifelike portraits.