Mason Lindhart Funeral Home Director surrenders license to practice

By Alex Benzegala,

Humboldt, IA – The Funeral Director at Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home in Humboldt has agreed to voluntarily surrender his license to practice as a Funeral Director for at least a year, after charges were made against him. The Iowa Board of Mortuary Science brought the charges to William “Bill” Jorgensen, and according to a document detailing the charges by the IBMS, he is charged with knowingly making misleading, deceptive, untrue or fraudulent representations in the practice of Mortuary Science, and is also charged with habitual intoxication or impairment which adversely affects the licensee’s ability to practice in a safe and competent manner.

The document continues to say that Jorgensen forged the signature of the county medical examiner on cremation permits, resulting in the cremation of the deceased individuals without the medical examiner’s knowledge or authorization.

The documents states that Jorgensen admits to the allegations against him and that he waives his right to a hearing and all attendant rights.The document says for that Jorgensen to be reinstated, he must submit evidence that shows a recent substance abuse evaluation showing that he has completed all recommended substance abuse treatment and proof of completion of at least 10 hours of continuing education in the area of ethics.

According to sources, the Mason Lindhardt Funeral home in Humboldt will remain open and that Jorgensen’s future with the funeral home is unknown. Jorgensen was not available for comment.