SPRING GROVE VILLAGE, OH (FOX19) - Spring Grove Cemetery reinstalled the monument commemorating the life of Kimberley Walker, ending a dispute regarding the monument design.
Officials at the cemetery removed the slain Iraq war veteran's SpongeBob Square Pants headstone in October of 2013.
Kimberly Walker was an Army Sergeant and served two tours of duty in Iraq. During her time in the service she collected SpongeBob figures and materials which served as a good luck charm for her.
The Walker family decided to commemorate Walker's life with a SpongeBob headstone. The headstone cost her family $13,000. The family had another identical headstone made for her twin sister, who is still living. It also cost $13,000.
Walker's family says they were told to remove the headstone the next day even though the cemetery had approved and made suggestions on the approved design.
The family says they were beyond distraught. They say the towering headstone was perfect for Walker, who loved SpongeBob.
On Friday, the headstone was reinstalled and representatives from the cemetery apologized to the family.
"Spring Grove Cemetery apologizes to the Walker family. Our personnel oversaw the design and installed the SpongeBob monuments and then had them removed when concerns were raised by others," representatives said in a press release. "We deeply regret the distress this caused the family. We have worked hard to remedy the problem and appreciate the cooperation we received from the family during this process."
The Walker family has accepted the apology.