German Man's Wish To Be Buried In Iceland Granted - The Reykjavik Grapevine

German Man’s Wish To Be Buried In Iceland Granted

Published July 21, 2014

Nanna Árnadóttir
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Julia Staples

A German man’s last wish was to be buried in Grímsey has been granted, reports DV.

Richard Ochs was born on January 28 and passed away in February this year.

“This is very special,” said Alfreð Garðarsson chairman of the Miðgarðakirkja parish church in Grímsey. “His wife does not want to be buried here though, she made that very clear.”

Ochs was deeply taken with Iceland and visited the country regularly throughout the years, making a point of visiting Grímsey.

In 1980 Ochs decided that upon his death he would like to be buried in Grímsey and that wish came true last week when an urn with his ashes was transported to Iceland and buried in a plot in the island cemetery.

Ochs’ family also flew to Iceland to preside over his burial as well was the local priest, Magnús Gunnarsson.

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