People preplan burial plots so that they and their dearest beloved will be able to lay next to each other as their bodies decompose with time. It’s a sweet gesture that allows them to remain near one another for an eternity - or until a housing developer moves the cemetery. But there’s an unexpected problem with preplanning your burial, and 90-year-old Otha L. Smith and his son R. C. Smith discovered it the hard way.
While visiting his mother’s, Idell Smith’s, grave at Union Cemetery in Milwaukee, WI, R.C. Smith noticed something odd about his parents' plots. His mother, who had died in 2003, seemed to be in the right place, but his father’s plot was occupied. Otha Smith was still very-much alive, though his plot had been planned at the time of Idell's death.