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TIMOTHY MARK KILGORE

October 4, 2018

TIMOTHY MARK KILGORE of Hillsboro, TN died October 4, 2018 at the age of 59. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he worked for the Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis, Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester, Tullahoma Funeral Home, Manchester Funeral Home and Coffee County Funeral Chapel. He attended the John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science.
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MARTHA JO BROWN RAGLAND

October 4, 2018

MARTHA JO BROWN RAGLAND of Chattanooga, TN died October 4, 2018 at the age of 89. A licensed funeral director, she served as secretary-treasurer with Chattanooga Funeral Home for more than 50 years.
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JOHN W. SALLEE, JR

October 3, 2018

JOHN W. SALLEE JR of Stanford, KY died October 3, 2018 at the age of 75. After retiring from the Navy in 2011 he received his funeral directors license. He worked at Spurlin Funeral Home for 13 years.
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ROBERT HENRY "BOBBY" THOMAS, JR

September 30, 2018

ROBERT HENRY "BOBBY" THOMAS JR of Granite City, IL died September 30, 2018 at the age of 55. He began working as a third generation funeral director at his family's business, Thomas Mortuary in Granite City. Bobby also worked for several other funeral homes throughout his career, most recently with Bucholz Mortuary in St. Louis, MO. He graduated from the St. Louis Community College at Forest Park...
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GILBERT P. "Gil" HANNA

September 30, 2018

GILBERT P. "GIL" HANNA of Westlake, OH died September 30, 2018 at the age of 78. He was a licensed funeral director at the McGorray-Hanna Funeral Home for many years.
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JAY R ADDISON

September 26, 2018

JAY R. ADDISON of Angola, NY died September 26, 2018 at the age of 71. A licensed funeral director, he worked for the O'Rourke & O'Rourke Funeral Home in Salamanca, NY before taking a position with the W. S. Davis Funeral Home in Arcade, NY. In 1981, he and his wife, Mary Margaret (Buchner) Addison purchased the Heimburg Funeral Home presently known as the Addison Funeral Home in Angola. They...
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GREGORY DEAN "GREG" ANDERSON

September 25, 2018

GREGORY DEAN "GREG" ANDERSON of Burnsville, MN died September 25, 2018 at the age of 65. He was a licensed funeral director for the majority of his working career and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in mortuary science.
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WILLIAM E. SCHULTZ, JR

September 22, 2018

WILLIAM E. SCHULTZ JR of Mount Laurel, NJ died September 22, 2018 at the age of 84. He had a long distinguished career in the funeral supply industry, most recently working for Messenger Funeral Supplies.
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LOUIS I SQUITIERI

September 21, 2018

LOUIS I. SQUITIERI of Jersey City, NJ died September 21, 2018. He joined Greenville Memorial Home in 1982 as a licensed funeral director and became a partner in 1988. He continued to own and operate the firm until the time of his passing.
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DELBERT M BRAUND, SR

September 17, 2018

DELBERT M. BRAUND, SR of New Madison, OH died September 17, 2018 at the age of 88. A licensed funeral director, he owned and operated the former Storch-Braund Funeral Home for over 35 years. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1975 and served on the Ohio Funeral Directors Association convention committee for over 30 years.
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WILBUR R HESLOP , JR

September 13, 2018

WILBUR R. HESLOP JR of Martins Ferry, OH died September 13, 2018 at the age of 102. A retired funeral director, he began working alongside his father, the late Wilbur B. Heslop at Heslop Funeral Home. He became president of the firm in 1970, serving in that capacity until his son, R. Gregory took over in 1998. A 1940 graduate of the Cleveland College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the...
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WILLIAM L. "BILL" DANKS

September 13, 2018

WILLIAM L. "BILL" DANKS of Beaver Dam, KY died September 13, 2018 at the age of 89. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he began working part-time at Price Funeral Home in Lewisburg, Reid Funeral Home in Earlington, Richardson Funeral Home in Russellville, Bryn Funeral Home in Mayfield and Tucker Funeral Home in Central City. In 1959, William went to work at Casebier Funeral Home in Beaver...
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ALFRED BURGESS ROBINSON

September 10, 2018

ALFRED BURGESS ROBINSON of Easley, SC died September 10, 2018 at the age of 89. A third generation funeral director, he joined Robinson Funeral Home in 1950, serving as president. After his father's death in 1953, he took over the family's business, expanding it to include Robinson Memorial Gardens, which he founded in 1992. He served on the South Carolina Board of Funeral Service and was a...
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WILLIAM THOMAS O'CONNELL

September 3, 2018

WILLIAM THOMAS O'CONNELL of Buffalo, NY died September 3, 2018 at the age of 86. He was a licensed funeral director at the Ray O'Connell Funeral Home, which his father established in 1929. He left the funeral home in 1974 to open O'Connell Precast, Inc. He retired after operating the company for ten years. A 1957 graduate of the Simmons School of Mortuary Science, he served as past president of...
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GREGORY W. "BIG G" GORGEN

September 1, 2018

GREGORY W. "BIG G" GORGEN of Mineral Point, WI died September 1, 2018 at the age of 79. He joined his father at Gorgen Funeral Home to become a third generation funeral director in the family business. He graduated from the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in 1962.
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EUGENE E. BROOKS

August 22, 2018

EUGENE G. BROOKS of Auburn, NY died August 22, 2018 at the age of 93. A licensed funeral director, he was the owner and operator of the E. A. Heieck and Son Funeral Service, retiring in 1986.
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JOSEPH P. BRASHEN

August 13, 2018

JOSEPH P. BRASHEN of Hermitage, PA died August 13, 2018 at the age of 82. He was a licensed and practicing funeral director since 1970 and had operated his own business. He operated most recently out of the Harold W. Stevenson Funeral Home until his retirement in 2013. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
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TIMOTHY MICHAEL HOLDEN

August 9, 2018

TIMOTHY MICHAEL HOLDEN of Godfrey, IL died August 9, 2018 at the age of 63. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he worked at several funeral homes, including Crawford Funeral Home, Mercer Funeral Home, Burke Funeral Home, Staten Funeral Home, Jacoby Funeral Home, and Quinn Funeral Home. He served as a mentor and tutor for many funeral directors and embalmers during their apprenticeships as...
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M. SCOTT GIBSON

August 9, 2018

M. SCOTT GIBSON of Flatwoods, WV died August 9, 2018 at the age of 80. A licensed funeral director, he spent many years at the Carl Wilson Funeral Home in Clay County, WV. He owned and operated the Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home from 1972 until his health declined. A graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association.
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GORDON R. DILLER

August 5, 2018

GORDON R. DILLER of Bluffton, OH died August 5, 2018 at the age of 67. A licensed funeral director, he began working at the Halteman-Fett-Dyer Funeral Home in Lancaster, OH before purchasing the Haas-Diller Funeral Home in Pandora. He served families at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services in Bluffton from 1989 until present. A 1977 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he...
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VINCENT RICHARD JENDRZEJCZAK

August 1, 2018

VINCENT RICHARD JENDRZEJCZAK of Williamsburg, VA, formerly of Amsterdam, NY died August 1, 2018 at the age of 69. A licensed funeral director since 1974, he assisted at the family business, Jendrzejczak Funeral Home until retiring. He graduated from the Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in Syracuse, NY.
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ROBERT M. "BOB" SCOTT II

August 1, 2018

ROBERT M. "BOB" SCOTT II of Corsicana, TX died August 1, 2018 at the age of 90. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he was raised at the People's Funeral Home, which was owned by his great-aunt, J. S. "Bennie" Adair. He acquired ownership of the firm upon Adair's death in 1960 and operated the Scott Funeral Home alongside his wife, Mabel. He graduated from the Gupton-Jones College of...
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JOHN SINCLAIR STUMP

July 31, 2018

JOHN SINCLAIR STUMP of Grantsville, WV died July 31, 2018 at the age of 77. He began working at Stump Funeral Home as a 9 year old boy and answering ambulance calls at the age of 16. He served over 60 years in the funeral profession as a fourth generation funeral director and embalmer, following his father, Charles "Bunk" Stump, his grandfather, Ira N. Stump and his great grandmother, Martha E....
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RUTH ELIZABETH "KLOTZ" NEWMAN

July 30, 2018

RUTH ELIZABETH "KLOTZ" NEWMAN of Grantsville, MD died June 30, 2018 at the age of 91. She took the funeral directors test in 1964, the last year it was offered, which allowed her to make arrangements and conduct funerals alongside her husband, Donald James Newman at Newman Funeral Homes. She retired in 1991, following Don's illness.
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PAUL A KLOC

July 29, 2018

PAUL A. KLOC of West Seneca, NY died July 29, 2018 at the age of 77. He was a licensed funeral director, owner and operator of Paul A. Kloc Blossom Chapels in West Seneca for more than 45 years. A graduate of the American Academy of Funeral Service, he served as a former vice president of the Erie Niagara Funeral Directors Association and was a member of the New York State Funeral Directors...
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CHARLES J. MISSEL

July 25, 2018

CHARLES J. MISSEL of Davenport, IA died June 25, 2018 at the age of 81. He worked with Esterdahl Mortuary and Runge Mortuary for many years. He graduated from the Worsham College of Mortuary Science.
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BENJAMIN HENRY EWING

July 22, 2018

BENJAMIN HENRY EWING of Pomeroy, OH died July 22, 2018 at the age of 74. He was a licensed funeral director and owner of the Ewing Funeral Home in Pomeroy for 50 years. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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LOREN DAVIS

July 20, 2018

LOREN DAVIS of Granite City, IL died July 20, 2018 at the age of 84. A licensed funeral director, he managed Davis Funeral Home from 1958 to 1964 and from 1985 to its closing earlier this year. He graduated from the St. Louis College of Mortuary Science.
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PATRICK R. JONES, SR

July 18, 2018

PATRICK R. JONES SR of Dixon, IL died July 18, 2018 at the age of 83. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 50 years, he was a third generation owner and operator of the Jones Funeral Home in Dixon and Amboy. A graduate of the Worsham College of Mortuary Science, he was a life member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Illinois Funeral Directors Association and was...
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WILLIAM G. DAVIS

July 16, 2018

WILLIAM G. DAVIS of Vero Beach, FL, formerly of Rahway, NJ died July 16, 2018 at the age of 80. A retired funeral director and embalmer, he owned and operated the Pettit-Davis Funeral Home in Rahway for over 40 years.
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GEORGE WILSON HURD , JR

July 16, 2018

GEORGE WILSON HURD JR of Knoxville, IL died July 16, 2018 at the age of 78. A licensed funeral director for 57 years, he worked for funeral homes in Moline, Geneseo, Havana, Port Byron, Bloomington and Woodhull before purchasing the Vandemore Funeral Home in Atkinson and the Hendricks Funeral Home in Oneida in 1978, the Martin-Trumbold Funeral Home in Knoxville in 1979, and Root Funeral Home in...
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A. RAY KYLE

July 13, 2018

A. RAY KYLE of Hubbard, OH died July 13, 2018 at the age of 86. A licensed funeral director since 1954, he was the operator of Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home from 1955 to 1963, at which time he assumed ownership of the company. A 1952 graduate of the Cleveland College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association and the Tri...
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PETER E. TUYN

July 12, 2018

PETER E. TUYN of Fort Lauderdale, FL died July 12, 2018at the age of 75. He was a licensed funeral director and retired owner of Beach-Tuyn Funeral Home in Williamsville, NY. He joined his father, Edward "Ted" in the funeral home in 1963 and after his father retired in 1974 he assumed ownership of the firm and operated it until 2007. He graduated from the Simmons School of Mortuary Science in...
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MERCENE L. HANNEMAN

July 5, 2018

MERCENE L. HANNEMAN of Bowling Green, OH died July 5, 2018 at the age of 93. She was a third generation funeral director at the Hanneman Funeral Home. She graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1961 and in 2011 she received recognition from the Ohio Funeral Directors Association for 50 years of faithfully serving the people of the community as a licensed funeral...
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EILEEN MEYER RENCO

July 3, 2018

EILEEN MEYER RENCO of Louisville, KY died July 3, 2018 at the age of 50. A licensed embalmer, she was a fourth generation owner of Herman Meyer and Son, Inc and was a partner at Funeral Directors Vault LLC. A graduate of the Mid-America College of Mortuary College, she was past president of Falls City Funeral Directors and was a former board member of the Jewish Funeral Directors Association.
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C. EDWARD HINDLE

July 3, 2018

C. EDWARD HINDLE of Sparta, NY died July 3, 2018 at the age of 81. He served his apprenticeship with Leo F. Kearnes Funeral Home in Queens, NY before being employed as a licensed funeral director at the Sanderson Funeral Home in Seneca Falls. He partnered with Walter E. Baird at Baird Funeral Home in Danville and later bought his portion of the business, which he operated as Hindle Funeral Home....
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JASON NICHOLAS KINN

June 26, 2018

JASON NICHOLAS KINN of McComb, OH died June 26, 2018 at the age of 44. A licensed funeral director, he was the former co-owner of the Hermann-Kinn Funeral Homes in Fremont and Gibsonburg. He previously served as manager of the Keller-Ochs-Koch Funeral Home in Fremont and had worked at the Spring Grove Funeral Home in Cincinnati. A 1998 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he...
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JOHN P FRANKLIN, SR

June 21, 2018

JOHN P. FRANKLIN SR of Chattanooga, TN died June 21, 2018 at the age of 96. He was a licensed funeral director at the John P. Franklin Funeral Home, which his father, G.W. established in 1894 as the Franklin Funeral Home. He was a member of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association.
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C. ROBERT "BOB" HASLER

June 20, 2018

C. ROBERT "BOB" HASLER of Greentown, IN died June 20, 2018 at the age of 83. A licensed funeral director, he was co-owner and president of the Hasler & Stout Funeral Home in Greentown. He previously worked at the Brown & Eckenberg Funeral Home in Anderson, the Shirley Brothers, J. C. Wilson and the G. H. Herman Funeral Homes in Indianapolis, the Raven Funeral Home in Marion and the Parson...
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THOMAS MICHAEL "TOM" FLYNN

June 18, 2018

THOMAS MICHAEL "TOM" FLYNN of Hermitage, PA died June 18, 2018 at the age of 79. He established the John Flynn Funeral Home in 1995 and in 2000, he introduced Derek, a golden retriever from Canine Companions for Independence to the funeral home, which became the first grief therapy dog from C. C. I. in a funeral home. He purchased several cemeteries throughout his funeral service career,...
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LARRY WARREN PAYNE

June 17, 2018

LARRY WARREN PAYNE of Woodway, TX died June 17, 2018 at the age of 64. He served as chairman of the board at his family's firm, Aderhold Funeral Home, Inc in West, which he joined in 1991 as a licensed funeral director. He was a member of the Texas Funeral Directors Association, the North Texas Funeral Directors Association, and was elected to the Texas Funeral Directors Association Services, Inc...
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CHARLES MCDONALD "CHUCK" WARE, SR

June 15, 2018

CHARLES MCDONALD "CHUCK" WARE SR of Chil-licothe, OH died June 15, 2018 at the age of 91. A third generation funeral director, he was the owner and operator of Ware Funeral Home for over 60 years, which was founded by his grandfather, Carey J. Ware in 1891. He joined the firm in 1950 as a partner with his father, Thomas A. Ware until his death in 1964. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of...
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DONALD G. WARD

June 13, 2018

DONALD G. WARD of Hamburg, NY died June 13, 2018 at the age of 89. He was a licensed landscape architect who specialized in cemetery design. In 1955, he joined Earl Grever, a landscape architect who did designs for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. In 1959, they partnered to form Grever and Ward in Orchard Park, which is the only firm nationally that plans and designs cemeteries throughout the...
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VALLARI D. BAKER-RAISON

June 10, 2018

VALLARI D. BAKER-RAISON of Yeadon, PA died June 10, 2018 at the age of 65. She served her apprenticeship at the Julian V. Hawkins Funeral Home, where she was employed as a licensed funeral director until 1989, when her health began to decline. She graduated from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Mortuary Science in New York.
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RACHEL ANN SARVER MINNICH

June 9, 2018

RACHEL ANN SARVER MINNICH of West Milton, OH died June 9, 2018 at the age of 92. She worked alongside her husband, Carl Sarver in the operating of the Hale-Sarver Funeral Home in West Milton. Following her husband's death, she became a licensed funeral director and continued his legacy by serving the families in Montgomery, Darke and Miami County.
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THOMAS I WISNIEWSKI

June 9, 2018

THOMAS I. WISNIEWSKI of Toledo, OH died June 9, 2018 at the age of 69. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he began employment with his grandfather, Stanley J. Urbanski, at his family's funeral home. He also worked as an EMT with his uncle's company, Urbanski Ambulance Company. In 1984, the combination of the Robert H. Wick and the Thomas I. Wisniewski Funeral Homes opened on Reynolds Road....
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GARY A WALKER

June 1, 2018

GARY A. WALKER of Sylvania Township, OH died June 1, 2018 at the age of 74. He joined his father at Walker Funeral Homes, served as president of the company from 1983-1997, and continued to be active in the daily operations of the funeral homes until his retirement in 2017. In 1967, he founded Walker Ambulance Company and served as president until he sold it in 1996. A graduate of the Cincinnati...
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LARRY DEAN SERVIES

May 31, 2018

LARRY DEAN SERVIES of Waveland, IN died May 31, 2018 at the age of 84. He owned and operated Machledt & Servies Funeral Home in Servies and Waveland and Morgan Funeral Homes in Ladoga and Roachdale. He graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1952 and was a member of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association.
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JUANITA S STONE

May 30, 2018

JUANITA S. STONE of Atlanta, GA died May 30, 2018 at the age of 89. A second generation funeral director, she owned and operated Sellers Brothers Funeral Home Inc of Atlanta for more than 30 years. The funeral home closed around 2008. As a trailblazer in the male-dominated funeral home industry, Stone would often open her funeral home to students who needed clinical experience to graduate from...
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DONALD L BARBER

May 26, 2018

DONALD L. BARBER of Homer, NY died May 26, 2018 at the age of 75. He established the Donald L. Barber Funeral Home in 1968, which he owned and operated as a licensed funeral director for 50 years. He graduated from the Simmons School of Embalming and Mortuary Science in 1962.
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THOMAS E COLASANTO

May 25, 2018

THOMAS E. COLASANTO of Terryville, CT died May 25, 2018 at the age of 79. He was a funeral director and owner of Colasanto Funeral Home until retirement. He received his associate of science degree from the American Academy of Embalming and Mortuary Research in New York City.
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JOHN THOMAS SHOOK

May 22, 2018

JOHN THOMAS SHOOK of Avon Lake, OH died May 22, 2018 at the age of 53. He began an apprenticeship with the Davis Velker Funeral Home of Boardman, OH at the age of 16 and later worked for Busch Funeral Home, where he served as managing funeral director of their Avon Lake and Avon funeral homes for 22 years until his passing. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
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JAMES KEVIN HASSETT

May 20, 2018

JAMES KEVIN HASSETT of Fort Mohave, AZ died May 20, 2018 at the age of 70. He was the owner and operator of Desert Lawn Memorial Gardens in Bullhead City, which he purchased in 1984. He retired in 2015 as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He received his degree in mortuary science in Los Angeles.
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LAWRENCE G. LARRY ENGLISH

May 10, 2018

LAWRENCE G. "LARRY" ENGLISH of McLeansville, NC, formerly of Fayetteville, NY and Chittenango, NY died May 10, 2018 at the age of 70. He was president of the Marsellus Casket Company, later president of Premier Hardwoods. He had served on the board of the Casket and Funeral Supply Association of America.
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MARSHALL HENRY PARKS , SR

April 30, 2018

MARSHALL HENRY PARKS SR of Greenwood, SC died April 30, 2018 at the age of 86. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he worked with his father, James Lloyd Parks in operating the family funeral home, Parks Funeral Home. He graduated from the Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta.
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WESTON H ANDERSON

April 28, 2018

WESTON H. ANDERSON of Bloomington, MN died April 28, 2018 at the age of 81. He was a licensed funeral director for over 50 years and the second-generation owner of Henry W. Anderson Mortuary in Minneapolis and Apple Valley, taking over in 1967 after the death of his father, Henry W. Anderson.
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JAMES NELSON BLOWER

April 28, 2018

JAMES NELSON BLOWER of Athens, OH died April 28, 2018 at the age of 77. He began and ended his career as a funeral director in Columbus working for the Rutherford Funeral Home. He had owned and operated the James N. Blower Funeral Home in McArthur and Wellston, Hughes-Blower Funeral Home in Athens, Rawlings-Coats-Blower Funeral Home in Middleport, and the White-Blower Funeral Home in Coolville...
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WILLIAM G. MCNEELAN , JR

April 23, 2018

WILLIAM G. MCNEELAN JR of Holton, IN died April 23, 2018 at the age of 94. He was a funeral director in the Holton and Versailles area for 60 years beginning in partnership with Ern Duke at Holton in 1952. In 1957 he along with Clifford Smith formed the McNeelan & Smith Funeral Home. In 1980 he joined the Bovard Funeral Home in Versailles and in 2002 he worked with the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral...
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ROBERT "BOB" P. HEITGER, SR

April 14, 2018

ROBERT "BOB" P. HEITGER SR of Massillon, OH died April 14, 2018 at the age of 98. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 70 years, he was a third generation owner of the family business, Heitger Funeral Home, where he served as the patriarch until retiring in 1988. He graduated from the Cleveland School of Embalming in 1947.
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HERBERT KAUFMAN

April 11, 2018

HERBERT KAUFMAN of Southfield, MI died April 11, 2018 at the age of 94. He was a longtime funeral director and owner of the Ira Kaufman Chapel, which was established by his father, Ira Kaufman in 1941. He took over the reins in the 1950s and was to be honored by the Michigan Funeral Directors Association for 60 years in the business.
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JANE M. TARBELL

April 10, 2018

JANE M. TARBELL of Akwesasne, NY died April 10, 2018 at the age of 62. She was a licensed funeral director at the Donaldson Funeral Home in Massena for the past several years.
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SANDRA STRONG FITZGERALD

April 5, 2018

SANDRA STRONG FITZGERALD, a lifelong resident of Elephant Butte and Albuquerque, NM died April 5, 2018. She was a pioneering woman in international funeral service and a fourth generation in the family funeral home. Her husband Edward J. Fitzgerald is a past president of the National Funeral Directors Association.
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TERRENCE R. VANSUCH

April 1, 2018

TERRENCE R. VANSUCH of Louisville, OH died April 1, 2018 at the age of 65. A licensed funeral director for over 25 years, he had worked at the Wasko Funeral Home in Campbell, OH before joining Arnold Funeral Home in Canton, OH in 1983, retiring in 2017. He was a 1976 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and the...
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THOMAS P. ROZGA

March 30, 2018

THOMAS P.ROZGA of Milwaukee, WI died March 30, 2018 at the age of 95. A licensed funeral director for over 60 years, he was a third generation owner and operator of Rozga Funeral Home, which has three locations in Milwaukee. He was a member of the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.
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ROBERT J. BIGGINS

March 29, 2018

ROBERT J. BIGGINS of Hanson, MA died March 29, 2018 at the age of 61. He was a first generation funeral director, embalmer and chief executive officer of Magoun Biggins Funeral Home, a family owned and operated firm that he purchased in 1986. He graduated from the New England Institute of Funeral Service in Newton in 1977, which later became Mt. Ida College. He remained involved at the college...
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RONALD CHARLES ROMANI

March 28, 2018

RONALD CHARLES ROMANI of Miami, FL died March 28, 2018 at the age of 68. He was a funeral director for over 33 years. He served as a parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church since 1975.
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RAYMOND LOY "R.L." DUFFIE

March 27, 2018

RAYMOND LOY "R.L." DUFFIE of Bernie, MO died March 27, 2018 at the age of 89. He served his internship with the E. L. Watkins Funeral Home in Dexter, MO and the current Cotrell Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff, MO. In 1955, he and his wife Martha Duffie purchased the Drum Funeral Home in Bernie, MO and owned it until selling to Ray and Lucille Rainey in 1959. Raymond continued to manage the Duffie...
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BARBARA JEAN TWIBELL

March 25, 2018

BARBARA JEAN TWIBELL of Aberdeen, WA died March 25, 2018 at the age of 77. She and her husband, Doug Twibell purchased the Mills & Mills Funeral Service in Olympia in 1980, selling it in the 1990s. In 1994, they purchased Fern Hill Funeral Home from Gordon Peterson. They brought their son, Keith, on to manage the firm. Barbara established a Widow/Widower support group in Olympia, Aberdeen and at...
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LAWSON M. VIRKLER

March 20, 2018

LAWSON M. VIRKLER of Lowville, NY died March 20, 2018 at the age of 88. He was president of the Virkler Funeral Home, Inc., which was established by his father, Maurice N. Virkler in 1926. He held that position for 27 years until his retirement in 1981 at which time the business was sold. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Embalming.
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MARSHALL EDWIN "DIGGER" HELM

March 19, 2018

MARSHALL EDWIN "DIGGER" HELM of Bakersfield, CA died March 19, 2018 at the age of 79. He was the owner and operator of Greenlawn Cemeteries, which was established by his father, Ed Helm in 1931.
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GRANT E. SMITH

March 18, 2018

GRANT E. SMITH of Sunnyside, WA died March 18, 2018 at the age of 43. He was a licensed funeral director at his family's firm, Smith Funeral Home.
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STEPHEN A. KERTESZ

March 17, 2018

STEPHEN A. KERTESZ of Akron, OH died March 17, 2018 at the age of 91. A licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1966, he began his career working at the Kertesz Funeral Home, which his father estab-lished in 1928. He later opened his own funeral home on Manchester Road and in 1987 Kertesz Funeral Home merged with Kucko-Anthony Funeral Home, where he continued to work until his retirement in...
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FRANK MCMILLIAN

December 5, 1937 - March 13, 2018

FRANK MCMILLIAN of Mexia, TX died March 13, 2018 at the age of 81. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Kentucky and Texas. Throughout his career he worked at Lotts Mortuary in Dallas, Dorsey & Keatts Funeral Home in Mexia, Community Funeral Home and Emanuel Funeral Home, both in Teague. He was the first funeral director in charge of Moore's Angelic Funeral Home in Teague. He...
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DANIEL MARTIN "DANNY" SCHAPMIRE

March 12, 2018

DANIEL MARTIN "DANNY" SCHAPMIRE of Hartford, KY died March 12, 2018 at the age of 73. He was co-owner of the Miller-Schapmire Funeral Home. He retired after 50 years of service as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. A 1966 graduate of the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science, he was a 50-year member of the Funeral Directors Association of Ken-tucky.
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WILBERT L SHANNON, Sr

March 11, 2018

WILBERT L. SHANNON SR of Wheatland, PA died March 11, 2018 at the age of 83. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Ohio and Pennsylvania and was formerly licensed in New York and West Virginia. He was the owner and operator of the Wilbert L Shannon Funeral Home Ltd and in 2001he served as interim manager of the Myron N. Howard Funeral Home in Youngstown, OH. He was appointed in 1968...
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ROSA LEE EMERSON NEWKIRK

March 11, 2018

ROSA LEE EMERSON NEWKIRK of Morton, IL, for-merly of Kirkersville, OH died March 11, 2018 at the age of 92. She received her funeral directors license in 1969 and worked alongside her mother, Gladys and husband, Harold as a licensed funeral director at the former Emerson-Newkirk Funeral Home, now the Hoskinson Funeral and Cremation Service until her retirement in 1983. She served on the board of...
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OLIVE SHULER WILLIAMS

March 10, 2018

OLIVE SHULER WILLIAMS of Elloree, SC died March 10, 2018 at the age of 93. A licensed funeral director since 1976, she owned and operated Williams Funeral Home. She served as manager of the firm after her late husband, Robert Lee Williams, II became disabled. She relinquished the management role to her son, Dr. Robert L. Williams III and retired after more than 30 years of service.
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FRANKLIN DEE THOMSON

March 10, 2018

FRANKLIN DEE THOMSON of Vernal, UT died March 10, 2018 at the age of 81. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he worked for Union Mortuary in Layton, UT before becoming manager of the Bountiful & Layton Union Mortuaries. In 1972 he and his wife, Sharol purchased Vernal Mortuary in Vernal and operated the Thomson Vernal Mortuary for the next 28 years. He graduated from the California College...
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THELMA RUTH MABRY LANE

March 7, 2018

THELMA RUTH MABRY LANE of Red Bank, TN died March 7, 2018 at the age of 94. She and her late husband, Ross C. Lane founded Lane Funeral Home South Crest Chapel in 1957. They owned and operated Lane Funeral Homes in Rossville, Red Bank, LaFayette, Summerville and Ooltewah, as well as Heritage Funeral Homes in East Brained and Battlefield Parkway. She was a licensed funeral director in Georgia for...
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JOHN "JACK" GIBBONS

March 4, 2018

JOHN "JACK" GIBBONS of Chicago, IL died March 4, 2018. A casket salesman for almost 70 years, he worked at the Curtis Casket Company in Chicago.
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NICHOLAS J BAMMERT

February 26, 2018

NICHOLAS J. BAMMERT of Satellite Beach, FL died February 26, 2018 at the age of 61. He worked for Beckman Williamson Funeral Home for over 20 years.
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TIMOTHY "POPS" DULANY

February 26, 2018

TIMOTHY "POPS" DULANY of Shreveport, LA died February 26, 2018 at the age of 69. He worked in the funeral business for over 50 years, having served as manager of operations for Osborn Funeral Home, a firm that he has been working at since 1982. A graduate of the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, he was elected Funeral Director of the Year for the 1997-1998 by the North Louisiana Funeral...
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ANDREW J. "ANDY" LUNDQUIST

February 20, 2018

ANDREW J. "ANDY" LUNDQUIST of New Port Richey, FL died February 20, 2018 at the age of 77. He served the funeral industry for over 55 years. He was the former owner of Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home & Cremation Service, where he worked as a licensed funeral director, assistant manager and manger for over 33 years. A 1964 graduate of the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science, he was a former...
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CARSON W SPROW

February 18, 2018

CARSON W. SPROW of Union, SC died unexpectedly February 18, 2018. Carson was the president and founder of International Mortuary Shipping LLC. He graduated summa cum laude in 1990 from the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service. Carson taught Restorative Art and served as Preceptor in the Piedmont Technical College Mortuary program. He co-authored the Standard Operating Procedures for...
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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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KEVIN P MCMANUS

February 16, 2018

KEVIN P. MCMANUS of Birmingham, NY died February 16, 2018 at the age of 68. A licensed funeral director for 48 years, he worked at the McDevitt Brothers Funeral Home for 38 years before becoming the owner of McDevitt & McManus Funeral Home in 2008. He graduated from the Simmons School of Mortuary Science.
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DAVID R. COURTLEY

February 10, 2018

DAVID R. COURTLEY of Poland, OH died February 10, 2018 at the age of 78. A licensed funeral director for 55 years, he was president of the Shriver-Allison-Courtley-Weller-King Funeral Home in Youngstown, OH. He was a member of the National Selected Morticians, National Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association, Tri-County Funeral Directors Association and the Ohio...
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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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