This just in: An offer from New Tacoma Cemeteries.
It was sad to read of the passing of Ivan, he was/is such an icon of Tacoma. I myself recall visiting Ivan on several occasions at the B&I, always in awe of his presence and the fact there was a gorilla here in South Tacoma.
We at New Tacoma Cemeteries have a pet cemetery on our grounds in University Place. It would be our honor to have Ivan placed here and once again be “home” where he belongs. A cemetery space would gladly be donated, whether they would decide to have Ivan cremated and his urn sent here for burial or have his physical remains returned to Tacoma. Many options would also exist for a monument he so deserves.
I truly hope our offer is given consideration, as I know many would agree, that Ivan does need to be returned to his home and memorialized where his “family” is.
New Tacoma Cemeteries and Funeral Home