Opposing them is Thorpe's grandson Michael Koehler, who takes the position of Thorpe's three daughters and the Borough of Jim Thorpe, which wants to keep the body. Thorpe's grandson explains the differing positions taken by Thorpe's sons and daughters:
"That's what Jack believes and, fortunately or unfortunately, I'm not sure which, I don't tend to adhere to that. I have felt all along that my grandfather has been well-served by the folks in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, and I know that my Aunt Grace, my Aunt Gale and my mother, Charlotte—although my mother never got into it as much as they did—felt the same way."
For more on Thorpe, see Values.com's Jim Thorpe Billboard and New Jim Thorpe Documentary.