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MARVIN W DUNN

February 17, 2018

MARVIN W. DUNN of Bowling Green, OH died February 17, 2018 at the age of 87. A licensed funeral director, he founded Dunn Funeral Home in 1975 alongside his brother Donald E. and nephew Stephen C. Dunn.
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JERRY DON ILEY

February 7, 2018

JERRY DON ILEY of Ranger, TX died February 7, 2018 at the age of 77. He worked in the funeral industry for over 50 years as a licensed funeral director, having served the Dallas, De Leon, Morton, Haskell and Temple communities. He graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service.
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CECIL MARVIN "BUB" HARVEY

February 7, 2018

CECIL MARVIN "BUB" HARVEY of Ardmore, OK died February 7, 2018 at the age of 93. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he owned and operated his family's business, Harvey Funeral Home, alongside his wife, Peggy until 1988 when they retired. A graduate of the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, served on the board of directors...
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MARIAN DREIS

February 6, 2018

MARIAN DREIS of Albany, NY died February 6, 2018 at the age of 96. She worked alongside her husband, the late Louis T. Dreis, in owning Dreis Funeral Home, which they operated for over 50 years.
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MARSHALL LANE STEEN

February 6, 2018

MARSHALL LANE STEEN of Ashland, KY died February 6, 2018 at the age of 65. He was a third generation funeral director and embalmer at Steen Funeral Home, which was established by his father, John Steen in 1925. A 1974 graduate of the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science, he formerly served on the board of directors for Ashland Cemetery.
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MICHAEL D. CANZONE

February 5, 2018

MICHAEL D. CANZONE of Mayfield Heights, OH died February 5, 2018 at the age of 76. He worked for Superior Funeral Supply for several years before starting the Advertising Sales Company in Cleveland, OH which his son, Matt took over several years ago. He continued to enjoy attending the Western Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association convention.
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MYRTLE WESTMORELAND

February 3, 2018

MYRTLE WESTMORELAND of Statesville, NC died February 3, 2018 at the age of 97. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, she worked alongside her husband, Glenn Westmoreland in owning the Bunch Funeral Home and the Johnson Funeral Home, which they combined to form Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home. They also acquired the Reavis Funeral Home of Harmony and operated the funeral homes until retiring in...
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STEPHEN PETERSON

February 2, 2018

STEPHEN PETERSON of East Stroudsburg, PA died February 2, 2018 at the age of 71. He was a licensed funeral director for the past 35 years, retiring from the A. Barrett Funeral Home in Brooklyn, NY.
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MARK OWEN ELDER

January 31, 2018

MARK OWEN ELDER of Eaton, OH died January 31, 2018 at the age of 59. Mark was an entrepreneur and a founder and partner of many businesses. He currently served as vice president of sales for Vandor Corporation, Starmark® Cremation Products and C. J. Boots Casket Company. He was a past board member of the Casket and Funeral Supply Association of America.
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DONALD R. WOLFE, SR

January 31, 2018

DONALD R. WOLFE, SR of Sciotoville, OH died Janu-ary 31, 2018 at the age of 94. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 55 years, he worked for several area funeral homes until 1970 when he established the Don Wolfe Funeral Home in Sciotoville. He continued to own and operate the Wolfe-Nelson Funeral Home until his retirement at 82. A graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary...
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ELDER JOHN RICKEY COX

January 30, 2018

ELDER JOHN RICKEY COX of Fairfield, AL died January 30, 2018 at the age of 64. He was a licensed funeral director at the Johnson Memorial Funeral Directors in Bessemer and Leeds-Unity Funeral Service in Leeds.
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RACHAEL NICOLETTA ANDERSON

January 28, 2018

RACHAEL NICOLETTA ANDERSON of Columbus, OH formerly of Warren, OH died January 28, 2018 at the age of 24. She served her apprenticeship at the Shaw-Davis Funeral Homes in Columbus and was previously mentored at the Naegele-Kleb-Ihlendorf Funeral Home in Norwood. A 2016 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, she was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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RONALD "RON" H. BERG

January 27, 2018

RONALD "RON" H. BERG of Baldwin City, KS formerly of Concordia, MO died January 27, 2018 at the age of 75. A licensed funeral director and embalmer in Missouri and Kentucky, he began his career working at the Pfitizger Mortuary in Kirkwood, MO before joining Ricks Funeral Home in Elsberry in 1964. In 1965, he and his wife, Liz purchased the E. S. James Funeral Home in Concordia, and later two...
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HARTWELL WARDELL"SKIPPER" RAGSDALE III

January 25, 2018

HARTWELL WARDELL"SKIPPER" RAGSDALE III of San Diego, CA died January 25, 2018 at the age of 64. He was a fourth generation funeral director, embalmer and owner of Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary. He served as president of the California Funeral Directors Association from 2014 until 2015.
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ELIZABETH M WESTCOTT

January 24, 2018

ELIZABETH M. WESTCOTT of Unadilla, NY died January 24, 2018 at the age of 76. She owned and operated the Westcott Funeral Home alongside her husband, James S. Westcott.
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STEVEN FRANK VINCENT

January 23, 2018

STEVEN FRANK VINCENT of Galena, IL died January 23, 2018 at the age of 70. He was a fourth generation owner of J. P. Vincent & Sons. He was elected to Doric Products board of directors in 1991 and was currently serving as president since 2006.
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RICHARD S. "RICH" DENNISON, JR

January 22, 2018

RICHARD S. "RICH" DENNISON JR of Florence, NJ died January 22, 2018 at the age of 40. He worked at his father's business, Dennison Funeral Homes in Florence, Burlington and Southampton as a licensed funeral director. He was a member of the Burlington County Funeral Directors Association and the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association.
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HELEN S PICKETT

January 19, 2018

HELEN S. PICKETT of Fort Wayne, IN died January 19, 2018 at the age of 92. She worked alongside her husband, Walter Pickett in owning and operating the Ellis Funeral Home LLC, which was established in 1968. She was the first black female licensed mortician in the state of Indiana, having served on the Indiana Funeral Service Board for many years and was a member of the Indiana Funeral Directors...
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WILLIAM THOMAS STONE, SR

January 18, 2018

WILLIAM THOMAS STONE SR of Williamsburg, VA died January 18, 2018 at the age of 87. A licensed funeral director for over 50 years, he was the owner and operator of Whiting's Funeral Home.
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HAYES F SAMUELS , JR

January 17, 2018

HAYES F. SAMUELS JR of Manning, SC died January 17, 2018 at the age of 74. He was the owner and operator of Samuels Funeral Home in Manning, co-owned Samuels and Richardson Funeral Home in Lake City and served as coroner for Clarendon County. A graduate of the Eckels College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia, he was a member of the South Carolina Board of Funeral Services, South Carolina...
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F. MICHAEL VISCHER

January 13, 2018

F. MICHAEL VISCHER of Hartsville, PA died January 13, 2018 at the age of 68. He worked in the funeral industry for nearly 50 years. During this time he worked for York Caskets, Boyertown Caskets and Messenger Corporation before starting his own busi-ness, Vischer Funeral Supplies in 1983.
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GARY FINCH

January 10, 2018

GARY FINCH of Nixon, TX died January 10, 2018 at the age of 72. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he founded Compliance Plus in 1992. Gary's OSHA Compliance column appeared in the Funeral Home & Cemetery News since 2003. He was a member of both the Texas and National Funeral Directors Associations.
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JOHN JOSEPH "JOE" CARSON

January 2, 2018

JOHN JOSEPH "JOE" CARSON of Parsons, KS died January 2, 2018 at the age of 93. He owned and operated Carson Funeral Homes alongside his wife, June. Most recently, he served as a funeral director at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home. He graduated from the St. Louis College of Mortuary Science.
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WILLIAM "Bill" H MARSHALL

December 29, 2017

WILLIAM "BILL" H. MARSHALL of Aransas Pass, TX died December 29, 2017 at the age of 68. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer at the Charlie Marshall Funeral Home and Crematory in Aransas Pass and Rockport, which was established by his father, Charlie W. Marshall in 1949. He retired from the family business in 2014. He graduated from the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in 1969.
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JOSEPH R. "JAY" GREEN

December 27, 2017

JOSEPH R. "JAY" GREEN of Harlingen, TX formerly of Newark, OH died December 27, 2017 at the age of 90. A retired funeral director and embalmer, he started his career at the Clarke Funeral Home in Toronto, OH then worked with Martin Funeral Home and Robison Funeral Home, prior to arriving in Newark in 1953 as a member of the staff at Criss Brothers Funeral Home, where he would stay for the...
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FRED COX ILIFF , JR

December 22, 2017

FRED COX ILIFF JR of Lancaster, PA died December 22, 2017at the age of 87. John entered into business as a third generation funeral director in the family funeral business and furniture store, John Iliff and Son. He managed the combined businesses until 1965. The two businesses separated at that time with Fred becoming the manager of the Iliff Funeral Home, Inc until his retirement in 1993. He...
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GERALD L. "JERRY" MILLER

December 13, 2017

GERALD L. "JERRY" MILLER of Hewitt, TX died De-cember 13, 2017 at the age of 81. He worked as a licensed funeral director at W. Y. Goff Funeral Home in Commerce; Franklin-Bartley Funeral Home in Lubbock; and Hampton-Vaughan Funeral Home in Wichita Falls from 1954 to 1963. He served as a sales representative for Pierce Chemical/Royal Bond for part of Texas from1997 to 2000 and from 2001 to 2008...
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HOMER O. "DUTCH" DAYE

December 13, 2017

HOMER O. "DUTCH" DAYE of Springfield, OH died December 13, 2017 at the age of 95. He was the owner and operator of the S. N. Hiser Co in Springfield, which had manufactured infant's and children's burial caskets. A sales representative for Boyertown Casket Co, he retired from Richards, Raff & Dunbar Memorial Home after serving 18 years.
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MARILYN DUGGAN CASELLI

December 10, 2017

MARILYN DUGGAN CASELLI of Sonoma, CA died December 10, 2017 at the age of 77. In 1982, she entered the family business at Duggan's Mission Chapel in Sonoma. She became a licensed funeral director in 1983 and received her crematory license in 1987. She managed the business until her retirement in 2016.
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JAMES LEE "JIM" SCHERMESSER

December 8, 2017

JAMES LEE "JIM" SCHERMESSER of Akron, OH died December 8, 2017 at the age of 74. He was a retired funeral director and embalmer. A graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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WILLIAM MOORE HIGGINBOTHAM III

December 3, 2017

WILLIAM MOORE HIGGINBOTHAM III of Frankford, WV died December 3, 2017 the age of 72. A licensed funeral director, he started his funeral service career with the former Jack K. Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg. He then went to work for Shanklin Funeral Home in White Sulphur Spring and later acquired ownership of the firm. A graduate of the Cincinnati School of Mortuary Science, he was a member of...
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HENDERSON KENNEDY, JR

November 30, 2017

HENDERSON KENNEDY JR of Thibodaux, LA died November 30, 2017 at the age of 74. He was the owner of Kennedy Funeral Home in Raceland, which he established in 1994.
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JAMES FLYNN MYLOTT

November 29, 2017

JAMES FLYNN MYLOTT of Delray Beach, FL died November 29, 2017 at the age of 75. He served his apprenticeship under his father at Flynn-Mylott Funeral Home in Cleveland, OH. He later served as co-owner and president, retiring in 2005. He was president of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and the Cuyahoga Funeral Directors Association.
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ROBERT T. JONES, JR

November 28, 2017

ROBERT T. JONES JR of Newark, DE died November 28, 2017 at the age of 98. He worked alongside his father, the late Robert T. Jones Sr as a licensed funeral director at the R. T. Jones & Son Funeral Home from 1950-1969. He was the owner and operator of the firm from 1969-1990.
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PAUL COUNCIAL ROLLINS, SR

November 21, 2017

PAUL COUNCIAL ROLLINS SR of Tuscaloosa, AL died November 21, 2017 at the age of 79. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he was the owner of Rollins Mortuary, which he established alongside his wife, the late Shirley Ann Smith Rollins in 1968.
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ALFRED E. "FRED" FERGERSON

November 17, 2017

ALFRED E. "FRED" FERGERSON of North Syracuse, NY died November 17, 2017 at the age of 69. He was a licensed funeral director, owner and operator of Fergerson Funeral Home. A graduate of the Simmons School of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the New York State Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association and the Central New York Funeral Directors Association.
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C. RICHARD MCCAULEY

November 15, 2017

C. RICHARD MCCAULEY of Youngwood, PA died November 15, 2017 at the age of 84. A licensed funeral director, he worked with his brother, J. William "Bill" McCauley Jr., at the J. William McCauley Jr Funeral Home in West Newton before purchasing the former J. W. Martin Funeral Home in Youngwood. He continued to own and operate the C. Richard McCauley Funeral Home until he sold it to his son, C. R.,...
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REBECCA FRANCES "BECKY" LOFTIS KRANTZ

November 15, 2017

REBECCA FRANCES "BECKY" LOFTIS KRANTZ of Man, WV died November 15, 2017at the age of 85. She was the owner and operator of the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home and was the first female funeral director in Logan County.
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JACK A. MITCHENER

November 13, 2017

JACK A. MITCHENER of Auburn, IN died November 13, 2017 at the age of 78. He worked as a printer until 1980 and then he went out on the road working as a sales representative for Messenger Corporation until he retired in 2004.
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PETER J. "JACK" SOLTIS, JR

November 13, 2017

PETER J. "JACK" SOLTIS JR of Yardley, PA died November 13, 2017 at the age of 79. He served his internship at the J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel in Morrisville before working as a funeral director at the William Murphy Funeral Home in Trenton. Upon the death of J. Allen Hooper in 1978, he became the president of the Morrisville chapel, serving the community for the past 40 years. He graduated...
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JAMES DONALD "JIM" LOVETT

November 9, 2017

JAMES DONALD "JIM" LOVETT of Norman, OK died November 9, 2017at the age of 82. He was a licensed funeral director at the Bahner Funeral Home in Sul-phur, OK and the Vondel L. Smith Mortuary in Oklahoma City, OK. Jim worked alongside his wife, Virginia, in owning and operating Lovett Funeral Service in Mangum, OK from 1969 until 1982. He served as managing director with Guardian/Mayes in Norman,...
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DAVID B. WALKER

November 8, 2017

DAVID B. WALKER of Anderson, SC died November 8, 2017 at the age of 100. He was the owner of D. B. Walker Funeral Services and the co-owner of Robin-son-Walker Funeral Service.
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JOHN C. ANDRADE

November 7, 2017

JOHN C. ANDRADE of Lakewood, OH died November 7, 2017 at the age of 65. He was a licensed funeral director and owner of Nickels & Andrade Funeral Home. He was past president of the Embalmers Association of Cleveland and member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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THEODORE "TEDDY" TAYLOR YANDELL, JR

November 7, 2017

THEODORE "TEDDY" TAYLOR YANDELL JR of Webster Groves, MO died November 7, 2017at the age of 69. He was a licensed funeral director of his father's business, Yandell Mortuary. He served numerous years in this position, establishing a second generation mortuary family legacy. He enrolled in Forest Park Community College's mortuary science program and was a member of the St. Louis Undertakers...
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HARVEY I. LAPIN

November 7, 2017

ATTY. HARVEY I. LAPIN of Northbrook, IL and Boca Raton, FL died November 7, 2017 at the age of 79. One of the first attorneys to specialize in the death care industry, he was active in the FTC Funeral Rule proceedings and helped to write legislation for several states. Harvey's articles were published by many industry publications as well as in the Cemetery and Funeral Business and Legal Guide...
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JASON W. BARTON

November 6, 2017

JASON W. BARTON of Wyndmere, ND died November 6, 2017 at the age of 48. He worked for the Vertin Company for 14 years at Glende-Nilson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls, MN, Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral in Breckenridge, MN and most recently at Vertin-Munson Funeral Home in Wahpeton.
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LORETTA BIBBINS JOLLEY

November 4, 2017

LORETTA BIBBINS JOLLEY of Salisbury, MD died November 4, 2017 at the age of 97. A licensed funeral director, she was the owner and operator of Jolley Memorial Chapel in Salisbury, Deal Island and Berlin, MD for over fifty years. She continued to work for the business upon retirement seven years ago. She was a member of several local and state associations and received the Living Legend award from...
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JOE HIBLER

November 2, 2017

JOE HIBLER of Beachwood, OH died November 2, 2017 at the age of 89. A retired Cleveland, OH funeral director, he graduated from the Cleveland College of Mortuary Science and was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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CHARLES D "CHUCK" SIFERD

November 2, 2017

CHARLES D "CHUCK" SIFERD of Lima, OH died November 2, 2017 at the age of 89. He was a licensed funeral director at his family's firm, Siferd Funeral Home for over 50 years, retiring in 1998.
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CHARLES R. LANIER, SR

October 29, 2017

CHARLES R. LANIER, SR of Lakeland, FL died October 29, 2017at the age of 90. He served Polk county families for over 67 years as a licensed funeral director, beginning with Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes and later the Lanier Funeral Home, which he established in 1982.
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BERNARD R. STURM

October 29, 2017

BERNARD R. STURM of Grayville, IL died October 29, 2017at the age of 97. He was a licensed funeral director, owner and operator of Sturm Funeral Homes, which he purchased from Josh Nash in 1944. The purchase of the funeral home came with a furniture store in downtown Grayville; it was sold a few years later. In 1972, Sturm built a funeral chapel in Crossville and in 2003 the funeral homes were...
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GORDON C. TAPPAN

October 28, 2017

GORDON C. TAPPAN of Phoenix, NY died October 28, 2017at the age of 87. A licensed funeral director since 1955, he purchased the Allanson-Glanville Funeral Home and added his surname, Tappan, in 1961. He graduated from the Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse.
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CHARLES RICHARD WILLIAMS, SR

October 28, 2017

CHARLES RICHARD WILLIAMS, SR of Charleston, MO died October 28, 2017 at the age of 77. He served his apprenticeship under Lawrence H. Jones, Sr in Kansas City, MO before moving to Charleston in 1966 to work for L. R. Sparks Funeral Home as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He later became part owner of the funeral home. A 1962 graduate of the Worsham College of Mortuary Science, he was...
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DONALD LEE COMBS

October 27, 2017

DONALD LEE COMBS of Richwood, WV died October 27, 2017 at the age of 90. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 60 years, he was the owner and operator of Richwood Monuments, the former owner of Mountainview Cemetery and Combs Funeral Home in Montgomery and was co-owner of Combs Funeral Home in Gauley Bridge. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
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BILLY JACK LINDLEY

October 25, 2017

BILLY JACK LINDLEY of Chillicothe, MO died October 25, 2017 at the age of 90. A licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1951, he worked for the Runninberger Funeral Home in Harrisonville, MO from 1949 to 1951; the Langsford Funeral Home in Lee's Summit, MO from 1951 to 1955; and later the Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada, MO from 1955 to 1959. On June 1, 1959, Earl Kenney sold her funeral...
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JAMES R "JIM" LOOMIS, SR

October 21, 2017

JAMES R "JIM" LOOMIS SR of Buffalo, NY died October 21, 2017 at the age of 85. A third generation funeral director, he spent 68 years operating the Loomis, Offers & Loomis, Inc., which his grandfather founded in 1893. Many area funeral directors did their apprenticeship under Loomis. He was a member of the New York Funeral Directors Association and the Erie Niagara Funeral Directors Association.
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HUGH R. STORMS

October 21, 2017

HUGH R. STORMS of Potsdam, NY died October 21, 2017 at the age of 91. He was a licensed funeral director at Skyview Memorial Lawn in Vallejo, CA for 20 years, retiring in 2000. After his retirement, he moved to Potsdam, where he worked for the Seymour Funeral Home as well as the Allen-Denesha and Allen-Nichols Funeral Homes for many years. A graduate of the Simmons School of Embalming, he was a...
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RUTH V. BENNETT

October 18, 2017

RUTH V. BENNETT of Knightdale, NC died October 18, 2017 at the age of 48. She was a licensed funeral director with Montlawn Funeral Home in Raleigh, NC up until her Myeloid Leukemia diagnosis. She was a graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College.
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DAVID E "NED" HILLIS

October 16, 2017

DAVID E "NED" HILLIS of Zanesville, OH died October 16, 2017 at the age of 72. He was a second generation funeral director and embalmer at Hillis Funeral Home, which he owned and operated alongside his brother, Jim until retiring in 2013. He served his country as a veteran of the United States Army during the Vietnam War in the mortuary division. He was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors...
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CHARLES W. McCULLEY

October 14, 2017

CHARLES W. McCULLEY of Pueblo, CO died October 14, 2017at the age of 78. A licensed funeral director, he obtained employment with funeral homes in the San Francisco Bay Area before venturing south to Los Angeles where he joined the staff of the prestigious Angelus Funeral Home. After serving a seven year stint in the Army as a mortician, McCulley moved to Pueblo in 1968 to purchase the former...
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JOHANNES HARDY "JOE" SPRINGER

October 13, 2017

JOHANNES HARDY "JOE" SPRINGER of Salina, UT died October 13, 2017 at the age of 83. He joined his father, Johannes Dirk Springer in the mortuary business in 1959 and owned and operated Springer Turner Funeral Home in Richfield and Salina until his death. He helped start the first ambulance service that served the Salina area. He graduated from the School of Mortuary Science at UCLA and was a...
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VEARL M. FRANKE

October 11, 2017

VEARL M. FRANKE of Latrobe, PA died October 11, 2017 at the age of 73. A licensed Pennsylvania, Illinois and West Virginia funeral director, he retired in 1998 after 24 years in the business. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
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JAMES ALOYSIUS MCLAUGHLIN, JR

October 8, 2017

JAMES ALOYSIUS MCLAUGHLIN JR of Jersey City and Spring Lake Heights, NJ died October 8, 2017 at the age of 80. He was the owner and operator of McLaughlin Funeral Home in Jersey City, NJ.
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RICHARD F. MOSTER

October 5, 2017

RICHARD F. MOSTER of Rushville, IN died October 5, 2017 at the age of 83. He had been a licensed funeral director with Moster Mortuary in Rushville since 1958 and graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1954.
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MICHAEL J. BRUNO

October 3, 2017

Michael J. Bruno of Westchester, IL died October 3, 2017 at the age of 89. Mike was a 70 year licensed funeral director and embalmer in Illinois who started his career with Rago Brothers Funeral Home, Chicago, IL after graduating from Worsham College of Mortuary Science. He then obtained his own location, Hennessey-Bruno Funeral Home, Berkeley, IL until he sold. He has been associated with Conboy...
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STEPHEN H. RONEY

September 24, 2017

STEPHEN H. RONEY of Grafton, MA died September 24, 2017at the age of 68. A second generation funeral director, he owned and operated Roney Funeral Home alongside his wife, Diane and later his son, Chris. He graduated from the New England Institute of Anatomy Sanitary Science, Funeral Directing and Embalming in 1970. He was a member and former Chairman of the Board of Cemetery Commissioners in...
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JAMES RUSSELL RAMBO

September 23, 2017

JAMES RUSSELL RAMBO of Hendersonville, TN died September 23, 2017. He developed targeted training events for arrangement counselors, both pre-need and at need. He taught classes at industry conventions, conferences and mortuary schools, even served as interim president of Mid-America College of Funeral Service. He earned his Master of Divinity Degree from Asbury Theological Seminary.
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LESLIE WILLIAM POWELL, JR

September 22, 2017

LESLIE WILLIAM POWELL JR of South Boston, VA died September 22, 2017 at the age of 88. He was a second generation funeral director, co-owner and co-manager of the Powell Funeral Home. A graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he served as president of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association from 1981 until 1982 and was a member and former president of the Virginia State Board...
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ROY W. BLACKBURN

September 22, 2017

ROY W. BLACKBURN of Hopedale, OH died September 22, 2017 at the age of 75. He was a licensed funeral director, owner and operator of the Blackburn Funeral Homes in Hopedale, Jewett and Bergholz, OH. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
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WALTER MELVIN GRIGGS, JR

September 15, 2017

WALTER MELVIN GRIGGS JR of Buffalo, NY died September 15, 2017 at the age of 82. A licensed funeral director for more than 35 years, he was the owner and operator of the Walter M. Griggs Jr Funeral Home. He graduated from the Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in Syracuse, NY.
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RICHARD "DICK" ALLEN BRAUN

September 15, 2017

RICHARD "DICK" ALLEN BRAUN of Marco Island, FL, formerly of Adrian and Devils Lake, MI died September 15, 2017at the age of 92. A licensed funeral director, he and his brother, Ed, continued with their father's funeral business, Braun Brothers Funeral Home with chapels in Adrian and Brooklyn, MI. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1947. He served on the board of...
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MAURICE SCHOOLER

September 14, 2017

MAURICE SCHOOLER of Amarillo, TX died September 14, 2017 at the age of 83. He helped found Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors in 1962, which eventually became Griggs-Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors. He remained active in funeral services until his death, often assisting at Schooler Funeral Home, run by his son, Jim Schooler. He was a past recipient of the Panhandle Funeral Director of the Year...
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JOHN C. DAVIS

September 14, 2017

JOHN C. DAVIS of Danville, KY died September 14, 2017 at the age of 91. He worked for Preston Pruitt Spurlin Funeral Home for many years and was one of the longest licensed funeral directors and embalmers in the state of Kentucky, holding his license since 1951. He graduated from the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service.
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GEORGE L. PERRY

September 11, 2017

GEORGE L. PERRY of East Rockaway, NY died September 11, 2017 at the age of 87. He was a fifth generation funeral director and proprietor of the Perry Funeral Home Inc in Lynbrook, NY for five decades, retiring in 2003.
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EDWARD C. SWANSON

September 10, 2017

EDWARD C. SWANSON of Madison Heights, MI died September 10, 2017 at the age of 87. A funeral director in South Oakland County since 1961, he owned and operated Edward Swanson & Son Funeral Home. He began his first term as mayor in Madison Heights in 1999 and remained in office for 16 years, making him the second longest serving mayor in the city's history.
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CHARLES ROBERT COX

September 9, 2017

CHARLES ROBERT COX of Amarillo, TX died September 9, 2017 at the age of 54. In 1984, he began working for his mentor, Mack Gordon at Schooler-Gordon Funeral Home in Memphis, TX and maintained working for the funeral home as licensed funeral director until 1990. In 2003, he established Cox Funeral Home in Amarillo, TX and dedicated his Benton Chapel to the memory of his maternal grandparents, H. T...
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LARRY DUANE JOHNSON , SR

September 6, 2017

LARRY DUANE JOHNSON SR of Topeka, KS died September 6, 2017. He began working for Bowser Mortuary along with J. W. Jones Funeral Home of Kansas City as a licensed funeral director. In 1976, he and his wife, Harriett purchased Bowser Mortuary from Mrs. Bowser. In 1976, he changed the name to Bowser-Johnson Funeral Chapel and operated it at the Van Buren location until 1997, at which time, Johnson,...
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DAVID T. WARREN

August 30, 2017

DAVID T. WARREN of Wallingford, CT died August 30, 2017 at the age of 76. As a child, he and his family lived above the Thomas E. Fitzgerald Funeral Home, which was owned by his uncle, Thomas E. Fitzgerald. He served under the guidance of Fitzgerald until he established the Yalesville Funeral Home in 1972 and the Wallingford Funeral Home in 1997. A graduate of the American Academy McAllister...
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MICHAEL M. SMITH

August 29, 2017

MICHAEL M. SMITH of Danville, KY died August 29, 2017at the age of 77. A licensed funeral director and mortician for more than 50 years, he was the owner and operator of Smith-Jackson Funeral Home in Danville and Smith & Smith Funeral Home in Lexington. He graduated from the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science in Louisville.
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JOHN ELDON BARTON

August 24, 2017

JOHN ELDON BARTON of Wheeling, WV died August 24, 2017 at the age of 53. A licensed mortician since 1986, he was the head embalmer and funeral director at Kepner Funeral Homes for 30 years. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1986.
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HERBERT WALKER, JR

August 23, 2017

HERBERT WALKER JR of Cincinnati, OH died August 23, 2017 at the age of 75. He worked alongside his son, Herbert T. Walker III in owning and operating the Walker Funeral Home, which served families throughout Hamilton County.
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ANTHONY S. "TONY" RENDINA, JR

August 19, 2017

ANTHONY S. "TONY" RENDINA JR of Merrillville, IN died August 19, 2017 at the age of 85. He was a licensed funeral director in Indiana for 62 years. He owned and operated the Rendina Funeral Home in Gary with his brothers, Romeo and Vince, for the past 53 years. He served as president of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association.
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MARY FRANCES HAGAN

August 15, 2017

MARY FRANCES HAGAN of Brookeville, MD died August 15, 2017. She was the wife of the late Joseph E. Hagan of Joseph Gawler's Sons LLC, Washington DC. Mary began attending NFDA conventions with her husband in 1948. After Joe's passing in 2000 Mary continued to visit with her industry friends by attending the annual convention.
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CHARLES A JONES

August 15, 2017

CHARLES A JONES of East Palo Alto, CA died August 15, 2017at the age of 80. He established Jones Mortuary and served the residents of East Palo Alto and the surrounding communities for over 40 years as a licensed funeral director.
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JOHN W. GLUECKERT, SR

August 14, 2017

JOHN W. GLUECKERT SR of Arlington Heights, IL died August 14, 2017 at the age of 82. He started his career in the funeral industry working for Dick and Betty Black at Black's Memorial Home in downtown Arlington Heights. He later worked for Howard Haire as a licensed funeral director and manager of Haire Funeral Home, which he purchased in 1970. He renamed the funeral home in 1976 and in 1987...
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EDWARD DANIEL "MIKE" BERGIN

August 10, 2017

EDWARD DANIEL "MIKE" BERGIN of Waterbury, CT died August 10, 2017 at the age of 74. He was a licensed funeral director at his family's business, Bergin Funeral Home, for many years. He served as the state inspector of funeral service until his retirement in 2014. He had the distinction of being the longest serving mayor of the city of Waterbury. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of...
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HERB POPPLE

August 3, 2017

HERB POPPLE of Valrico, FL died August 3, 2017 at the age of 65. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for 41 years, he started in the funeral industry in Vermont in 1975 and in 1980 he moved to Brandon, FL where he worked in different capacities with Stowers Funeral Home and Hillsboro Memorial Home. In 2016, he retired from Loyless Funeral Home and Florida Mortuary Funeral and Cremation...
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LARRY L. HEITKAMP

August 3, 2017

LARRY L. HEITKAMP of St. Henry, OH died August 3, 2017at the age of 72. He was a licensed funeral director at the N. J. Hogenkamp Sons, Inc for over 51 years, managing the St. Henry funeral home. He was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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LISA BIJOLD

July 21, 2017

LISA BIJOLD, longtime industry veteran died July 21, 2017. Lisa spent 20 years in the mausoleum industry, and for the past two years was sales manager for Matthews Gibraltar Mausoleum, a division of Matthews Cemetery Products. As the first woman to sell both community and private mausoleum in the industry, Lisa excelled at helping her clients design and develop mausoleums. A special tribute was...
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BLANCHE LAWS-MCCONNELL

July 21, 2017

BLANCHE LAWS-MCCONNELL of Los Angeles, CA died July 21, 2017 at the age of 67. She was a licensed funeral director and manager of Angelus Funeral Home for 43 years. She graduated from the Texas Southern University with a degree in mortuary science. She was a member of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association Inc, California Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association, a Living...
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LISA MARIE BIJOLD

July 21, 2017

LISA MARIE BIJOLD of Cold Spring, MN died July 21, 2017at the age of 47. She worked as a sales manager for Cold Spring Granite for many years, and was currently employed by Gibraltar Mausoleum and Matthews Cemetery Products.
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JOE THOMAS WINSTEAD

July 11, 2017

JOE THOMAS WINSTEAD of Hattiesburg, MS died July 11, 2017 at the age of 66. He was vice president of Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home. He worked in the family business for 52 years. He graduated from the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in 1972.
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LARRY "DIGGER" KRIVOSHEIN

July 11, 2017

LARRY "DIGGER" KRIVOSHEIN of Walla Walla, WA died July 11, 2017at the age of 79. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for 35 years, he was the former owner and operator of Groseclose Funeral Home, which he purchased from Bob Groseclose in 1965. He retired in 1992 and sold the business. He was a member of the Washington State Funeral Directors Association.
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FRANK J. KAPETANOVICH

July 8, 2017

FRANK J. KAPETANOVICH of Pittsburgh, PA died July 8, 2017 at the age of 46. He worked at the Thomas P. Kunsak Funeral Home as a licensed funeral director and was affiliated with the Andrew T. Scheid Funeral Home in Millersville and Lancaster. A graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Professional Car Society, Inc.
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JOHN STANLEY CREIGHTON

July 8, 2017

JOHN STANLEY CREIGHTON of Selma, CA died July 8, 2017at the age of 88. In 1964, he purchased the Garner Funeral Chapel in Kingsburg. He officially retired from the Creighton Memorial Chapel in 1998, and up until about a year ago, has been in the funeral home for one reason or another.
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JACE LARRABEE

July 6, 2017

JACE LARRABEE of Clarkston, WA died July 6, 2017 at the age of 60. He was a licensed funeral director and manager of the Coeur d'Alene Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery in Coeur d'Alene, ID. He later moved to Seattle, WA to work for Acacia Funeral Home and Memorial Park and eventually returning to the Lewiston-Clarkson Valley and the family business, Merchant and Mountain View Funeral Homes. He...
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CHARLES "SCOTTIE" M. SCOTT , SR

June 29, 2017

CHARLES M. SCOTT "SCOTTIE" SR of South Toledo, OH died June 29, 2017 at the age of 80. He served Toledo and the surrounding communities for sixty years. He began working as a licensed funeral director at the former Bennett Funeral Home. He became manager of the Boyer-Van Wormer Funeral Home in 1971 and later purchased the business from the Van Wormer family. In 1985, he acquired the Bersticker...
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BARBARA L. DIERKES RUSH

June 26, 2017

BARBARA L. DIERKES RUSH of Powhatan Point, OH, formerly of Dunkirk, NY, Moundsville, WV and Clarington, OH died June 26, 2017 at the age of 69. A retired funeral director, she and her late husband, Vernon "Butch" Rush owned and operated Rush Funeral Homes, Inc in Clarington and Sardis, OH for many years. She received her state of Ohio funeral directors license and graduated from the West Virginia...
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LARRY G. HUGHES

June 24, 2017

LARRY G. HUGHES of Marion, IL died June 24, 2017 at the age of 77. He was a licensed funeral director for over 51 years. He worked alongside Leonard Mitchell at Mitchell Funeral Home before partnering in 1970 and in 1982 he purchased the business. He later acquired Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin. He received a degree in mortuary science from the Southern Illinois University School of...
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HAROLD LEE MASSEY

June 23, 2017

HAROLD LEE MASSEY of Roanoke Rapids, NC died June 23, 2017 at the age of 62. He was a licensed funeral director, owner and operator of Massey Funeral Homes in Jackson, Aulander and Roanoke Rapids. He received a degree in mortuary science from the John Tyler Community College in Chester, VA.
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