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FRANCIS L PLUMLY

October 14, 2019

FRANCIS L. PLUMLY of Barnesville, OH died October 14, 2019 at the age of 96. A retired funeral director, he was the former owner and operator of Campbell-Plumly-Milburn Funeral Home, which he began working at in 1948. A graduate of the Cleveland College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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JOHN F. BUCH

October 14, 2019

JOHN F. BUCH of Manheim, formerly of Lititz, PA died October 14, 2019 at the age of 91. A licensed funeral director, he was the former owner and operator of Buch Funeral Home, Inc in Manheim.
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PHILIP J. "PHIL" CAUVEL

October 12, 2019

PHILIP J. "PHIL" CAUVEL of Titusville, PA died October 12, 2019 at the age of 77. Phil's career in the automobile business spanned several decades. He was last employed for a number of years as a sales representative with American Coach Sales, Cleveland, OH for the Western PA and Western NY regions.
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ROBERT D. CARPENTER

October 8, 2019

ROBERT D. CARPENTER of Huntington, WV died October 8, 2019 at the age of 87. He was a licensed funeral director and mortician at the Klingel–Carpenter Mortuary. A member of the West Virginia Board of Funeral Service Examiners, Carpenter began the National Directors Emergency Disaster Committee, now known as D-Mort in 1980 and was past president of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association.
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KENNETH HAROLD SCHROM

October 6, 2019

KENNETH HAROLD SCHROM of Salem, OH died October 6, 2019 at the age of 87.He worked for several funeral homes in northeast Ohio as a licensed funeral director and graduated from the Cleveland School of Mortuary Science.
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ODESSA PITTS JOHNSON

October 4, 2019

ODESSA PITTS JOHNSON of Bessemer, AL died October 4, 2020 at the age of 87. She and her husband, Howard Johnson founded Johnson Memorial Funeral Directors, where she served as a licensed funeral director and corporate secretary. Odessa was a member of the Alabama Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, where she was past president of the Ladies...
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MARK C. KOWALCZYK

October 2, 2019

MARK C. KOWALCZYK of New York Mills, NY died October 2, 2019 at the age of 54. A licensed New York State funeral director, he began his career in funeral service with the J. S. Waterman Funeral Homes in Boston, MA and the Griswold Funeral Homes in Schenectady, NY. He later joined his father in the operation of Kowalczyk Funeral Homes, Inc in Utica and New York Mills, where he served as vice...
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SCOTT R. SELLS, CCFE

September 29, 2019

SCOTT R. SELLS, CCFE of San Jose, CA died September 29, 2019 at the age of 57. He was market director for Service Corporation International. Prior to relocating to the San Francisco Bay area, Sells served as area vice president for SCI in Hawaii. In 2017, he served as International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association president. He is a past president of the Colorado Association of...
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JACK W HOTTINGER

September 28, 2019

JACK W. HOTTINGER of Marion, OH died September 28, 2019 at the age of 81. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for 53 years, he began working at Croll Funeral Homes as a non-licensed associate in Grand Rapids and Tontogany before becoming manager of Witzler-Shank Funeral Home in Bowling Green. In 1975, Jack moved to Marion to pursue the opportunity to be the succession plan for Harold Denzer...
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PATRICK JASON MAYO

September 24, 2019

PATRICK JASON MAYO of Stevens Point, WI died September 24, 2019 at the age of 46. A licensed funeral director, he served his apprenticeship at Schmidt and Bartelt Funeral Service in Milwaukee. During his funeral service career, he was employed at Bradley Funeral Home in Antigo, Gunderson Funeral Home in Madison, Peterson-Kramer Funeral Home in Wausau, and at the time of his passing Helke Funeral...
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MARTIN R. DABLE

September 19, 2019

MARTIN R. DABLE of Waukesha, WI died September 19, 2019 at the age of 83. A licensed funeral director, he worked for Borgwardt Funeral Home, Molthen Bell Funeral Home and John J. Walloch Funeral Home before purchasing the former Hansen Funeral Home in 1972 with his partner William Randle. He remained co-owner of the Randle-Dable Funeral Home until his retirement. A graduate of the Wisconsin...
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ELISSA ANN "DR. D" DEBENEDICTIS

September 18, 2019

ELISSA ANN "DR. D" DEBENEDICTIS of Pleasantville, NY died September 18, 2019 at the age of 49. She worked at American Academy McAllister Institute for 22 years as a professor, director of academic support and coordinator of clinical embalming.
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EUGENE FRANCIS KOWALCZYK

September 15, 2019

EUGENE FRANCIS KOWALCZYK of South Windsor, CT died September 15, 2019 at the age of 74. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 50 years, he was employed by several funeral homes including Weinstein Mortuary in West Hartford, Guiliano-Sagarino Funeral Home in Hartford, and Maple Hill Chapels-Talarski Funeral Home in Hartford, where he worked until his retirement in 2015. He graduated...
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JOHN E. "JAKE" BAALS

September 12, 2019

JOHN E. "JAKE" BAALS of Northfield, NJ died September 12, 2019 at the age of 59. A licensed funeral director, he worked at the Godfrey Funeral Homes for over 20 years and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1984.
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DONAVON "DON" CRAIG LAKIN

September 4, 2019

DONAVON "DON" CRAIG LAKIN of Pierce City, MO died September 4, 2019 at the age of 78. He owned Commercial Embalming Service for several years in Springfield, MO before selling it. Don and his wife Mary, also a licensed funeral director, operated Larkin Funeral Homes in Pierce city and Stotts City. A graduate of the John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science, he was appointed to the Missouri State...
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BRIAN RICHARD HUBERT HORNE

May 21, 1973 - September 1, 2019

BRIAN RICHARD HUBERT HORNE of Christiansburg, VA died September 1, 2019 at the age of 46. A third generation funeral director, Certified Funeral Service Practitioner and certified CANA Crematory Operator, Horne was president of the Horne Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Christiansburg. A 1992 graduate of the Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service, he was active in the Virginia Funeral...
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RICHARD DANIEL "DAN" SNYDER

August 30, 2019

RICHARD DANIEL "DAN" SNYDER of Mount Vernon, formerly of Fredericktown, OH died August 30, 2019 at the age of 75. A retired funeral director, he managed Snyder Funeral Home. Snyder graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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WILLIAM C. MCCONAGHY

August 26, 2019

WILLIAM C. MCCONAGHY of Newtown Square, for-merly of Villanova, PA died August 26, 2019 at the age of 82. A third generation funeral director, he was the owner and operator of the McConaghy Funeral Home in Ardmore, which was established by his grandfather in 1894. Due to his funeral service background, he was assigned to Arlington National Cemetery while being enlisted in the Army in 1958, where...
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MELVIN THOMAS LEWIS

August 20, 2019

MELVIN THOMAS LEWIS of Lodi, CA died August 20, 2019 at the age of 71. He worked in the cemetery industry for over 40 years in various capacities including serving on the board of directors for Cherokee Memorial Park; Lone Tree Cemetery; Cemetery 360; and Cordeiro Vault Company. He was a member of the Catholic Cemetery Conference.
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STANLEY THEODORE LEVINSON

August 19, 2019

STANLEY THEODORE LEVINSON of Pikeville, MD died August 19, 2019 at the age of 89. A third generation funeral director, he worked for more than 70 years at his family's funeral home, Sol Levinson & Bros Inc, which was established by his grandfather in 1892. He was a member of the Maryland State Board of Morticians.
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HELEN J "FOTH" DORFMEYER

August 18, 2019

HELEN J "FOTH" DORFMEYER of Toledo, OH died August 18, 2019 at the age of 96. A third generation funeral director, she had been licensed in the state of Ohio for 60 years. Dorfmeyer began working at the John C. Foth Undertaking Co, which was established by her grandfather, John C. Foth in 1982. She later served as the owner and operator of Foth-Dorfmeyer Mortuary with her late husband, Emery W....
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DARLA BUTZINE TRIPOLI

August 17, 2019

DARLA BUTZINE TRIPOLI of Washington, PA died August 17, 2019 at the age of 55. A licensed funeral director, certified celebrant and life tribute professional, she worked at Salandra Funeral and Cremation Services for the past five years as the manager and pre-plan specialist. Tripoli graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 2002, where she had been an instructor of the past...
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RICHARD J. FLUEHR, JR

August 16, 2019

RICHARD J. FLUEHR JR Philadelphia, PA died August 16, 2019 at the age of 59. A fourth generation funeral director, he served the communities of Philadelphia and Bucks County for over 40 years at Fluehr Funeral Home, which was established by his great grandfather in 1898. He graduated from the Mercer County Community College in New Jersey.
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ERIC DALE COLLINS

August 13, 2019

PASTOR ERIC DALE COLLINS of Bainbridge, GA died August 13, 2019 at the age of 47. He was the founder and president of Collins Family Mortuary, Inc in Bainbridge. He previously worked at the Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home in Atlanta for 20 years and had served his apprenticeship with Raleigh Rucker Funeral Home, Inc. He graduated from the Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science in 1992.
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JEREMIAH C. "JERRY" BORDEN

August 10, 2019

JEREMIAH C. "JERRY" BORDEN of Sheffield, PA died August 10, 2019 at the age of 77. A licensed funeral director for over 50 years, he was the fourth generation working alongside his father and grandfather at the Borden Funeral Home in Sheffield. A 1963 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, he served 25 years with the Warren County Corners office.
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A. CHARLES MUELLER , JR

August 9, 2019

A CHARLES MUELLER JR of LaSalle, IL died August 9, 2019at the age of 70. A longtime funeral director, he joined his father in 1970 at the Mueller Funeral Home in Peru and Lostant as well as the Mueller-Pagani Funeral Home in LaSalle. He also worked alongside his brother and father to establish the Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa and Cherry and later became a partner at Prey-Mueller Funeral Home in...
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ADAM BENJAMIN ROBINSON, JR

August 8, 2019

ADAM BENJAMIN ROBINSON JR of Pine Bluff, AR died August 8, 2019 at the age of 69. A fourth generation funeral director, he served as president of the Ralph Robinson & Son, Inc, president of Cooperative Life Insurance Company and secretary/treasurer of Robinson & Fuller, Inc. A 1973 graduate of the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, he was a president and member of both the Arkansas Funeral...
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TIMOTHY E RYAN

August 7, 2019

TIMOTHY E. RYAN of Siesta Keys, FL and Lavallette, NJ died August 7, 2019 at the age of 68. A licensed funeral director, he began working as an intern at Poulson & Van Hise Funeral Director's of Trenton and Lawrenceville, NJ. Ryan went on to serve the remainder of his internship with his uncle Jack at the John J. Ryan Home for Funerals in Keansburg, NJ. He was manager of the Colonial Funeral Home...
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FRED B SPARKS

August 4, 2019

FRED B. SPARKS of Bucyrus, OH died August 4, 2019 at the age of 76. A retired funeral director, he worked for Reeb Funeral Home in Sylvania for several years before moving to Bucyrus in 1975 to work at the Munz-Pirnstill Funeral Home. He retired in 1999 as president of the funeral home. A graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors...
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REV RICKY L CALHOUN

August 3, 2019

REV RICKY L. CALHOUN of Little Rock, AR died Au-gust 3, 2019 at the age of 66. A licensed funeral director, he began working at OT Smith Funeral Home and the Dubission Funeral Home before establishing the Calhoun Funeral Home in North Little Rock in the late 80's. A bigger facility in Southwest Little Rock was added and the funeral home became known as Calhoun-Wilson Funeral Service. In 2017,...
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KENNETH DAHL

July 30, 2019

KENNETH DAHL of Kelso, WA died July 30, 2019 at the age of 84. He owned and operated seven funerals homes and four cemeteries throughout his 62 year career as a licensed funeral director in the Southwest Washington area. In 1957 he began washing cars at a local funeral home before moving to Kelso in 1957 to work for Dahl-McVicker Funeral Home. In 1967 he became a partner in the business along...
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LYDIA PELZER KIRKLAND

July 28, 2019

LYDIA PELZER KIRKLAND of Philadelphia, PA died July 28, 2019 at the age of 93. A licensed funeral director since 1947, she established the Lydia Pelzer-Kirkland Funeral Home, Inc in 1949 and continued to own and operate it for the next seven decades. A graduate of Echols Mortuary School, she was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Quaker State Funeral Directors...
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VALENTINE (WALENTY) F. "BILL" SUJKOWSKI

July 19, 2019

VALENTINE (WALENTY) F. "BILL" SUJKOWSKI of Toledo, OH died July 19, 2019 at the age of 94. He began his career as a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the early 1940s at the Sujkowski Funeral Home on Nebraska Avenue under the tutelage of his father, William. He served in the same capacity at the family funeral home on Airport Highway until he and his son, Hilary opened the funeral home on...
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WILLIAM CECIL "BILL" HOLT, JR

July 15, 2019

WILLIAM CECIL "BILL" HOLT JR of Canon City, CO died July 15, 2019 at the age of 81. He joined his father, William Cecil as a third generation funeral director at Holt Funeral Home. At age 28, he assumed ownership of the firm after the retirement of his father and served as deputy coroner for Fremont County for 40 years. He graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science.
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JOHN "JACK" VELKER

July 14, 2019

JOHN "JACK" VELKER of Boardman, OH died July 14, 2019 at the age of 87. He was a second generation funeral director and embalmer at Davis-Velker Funeral Home, where his father, Paul Velker, and Alfred Davis were partners. In 1975, Jack became a partner with Robert Anstrom and Robert Gustafson of Anstrom-Gustafson Funeral Home for 22 years. He retired from the Anstrom-Gustafson-Velker Funeral Home...
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THOMAS N HUNT

July 14, 2019

THOMAS N. HUNT of Crawfordsville, IN died July 14, 2019 at the age of 75. A third generation funeral director, he joined his father, Robert F. Hunt at Hunt & Son Funeral Home, where he served until his retirement in 2016. A 1967 graduate of the Indiana College of Mortuary Science, he served on the Oak Hill Cemetery board.
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PAUL EDWARD SCHRAMKA

July 8, 2019

PAUL EDWARD SCHRAMKA of Milwaukee, WI died July 8, 2019 at the age of 91. He was a 3rd generation licensed funeral director at the Schramka Funeral Home. A 1950 graduate of the University of San Francisco, he was once a member of the Chicago Cubs during a brief career that would lead to associations with some of the most famous figures in baseball.
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ROBERT ALLEN MYERS

June 30, 2019

ROBERT ALLEN MYERS of Westminster, MD died June 30, 2019 at the age of 68. A licensed Maryland and Pennsylvania mortician, he began working with his uncle, John E. Myers, Jr at the Myers Funeral Home and later served as a partner at the then Myers-Pritts Funeral Home in Westminster. He worked for both Wetzel Funeral Home in Hanover, PA and Peters Funeral Home in Gettysburg, PA before re...
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James L Anderson

June 27, 2019

JAMES L. ANDERSON of Clyde, OH died June 27, 2019 at the age of 73. He was a licensed funeral director at Auxter Funeral Homes since 1975. He retired from the Sandusky County EMS in 2009, where he had been for 33 years. A graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Ohio Embalmers Association, Firelands Funeral Directors Association, and the Ohio Funeral...
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WOODFORD R. "WOODY" PORTER, JR

March 24, 1947 - June 24, 2019

WOODFORD R. "WOODY" PORTER JR of Louisville, KY died June 24, 2019 at the age of 72. A fourth generation funeral director and embalmer, he owned and operated A. D. Porter and Sons Funeral Home since 2007.
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RUDY NELSON LEA, SR

June 23, 2019

RUDY NELSON LEA SR of Raleigh, NC died June 23, 2019 at the age of 73. A licensed North Carolina and South Carolina mortician, he served Lightner Funeral Home for 10 years before establishing Lea Funeral Home and Cremation Services in 1980, which he owned and operated for over 40 years. Through his funeral home, Lea mentored several students interested in pursuing a career in funeral service. Lea...
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JAMES "JIM" VAN GROESBECK

June 22, 2019

JAMES "JIM" VAN GROESBECK of Sand Springs, OK died June 22, 2019 at the age of 71. A licensed funeral director, his career in the funeral industry began in 1968 in funeral home ambulance service work. He served as regional president for Service Corporation International and was responsible for several hundred funeral homes, cemeteries and crematories in fourteen states and Canada before becoming...
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JOHN WILLIAM COKER III

June 21, 2019

JOHN WILLIAM COKER III of Sanger, TX died June 21, 2019 at the age of 81. A licensed funeral director for over 60 years, he previously worked for Harmon Funeral Home in Floydada and the Schmitz, Floyd, Hamlet Funeral Home in Delores before purchasing the funeral home in 1961, renaming it Coker Funeral Home. A 1957 graduate of the Gupton-Jones School of Mortuary Science, he was past president of...
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KEVIN PORTER

June 20, 2019

KEVIN PORTER of Tipton, IN died June 20, 2019 at the age of 62. A second generation funeral director for over 30 years, he was part owner and operator of Porter Funeral Home. He graduated from the Mid-America College of Funeral Service.
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ALAN N. KUTZ

June 14, 2019

ALAN N. KUTZ of Collegeville, PA died June 14, 2019 at the age of 78. He served as a funeral director under the former ownership of Boyd-Horrox Funeral Home in Norristown and then the R. L. Williams, Jr Funeral Home, Inc in Skippack, retiring in 2006. He graduated from the Eckels College of Mortuary Science in 1962.
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PAUL SHIELDS

June 14, 2019

PAUL SHIELDS of Pekin, IL died June 14, 2019 at the age of 87. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he worked for the Endsley and Son Funeral Home, T. W Parks Colonial Chapel and Shields Funeral Home & Cremation Service before retiring in 2013. He graduated from the St. Louis College of Mortuary Science.
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DAVID DALE "CARMACKIE" CARMICHAEL

June 11, 2019

DAVID DALE "CARMACKIE"CARMICHAEL of Fort Wayne, IN died June 11, 2019 at the age of 53. A licensed funeral director, he was the owner and operator of Carmichael-Gholar Funeral Home in Muncie and the Carmichael Funeral Services, Inc in Fort Wayne, which he opened in 1997. He earned his mortuary science degree from Mid-America Funeral College in 1987 and was a member of the National Funeral...
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LEEROY AL HALLEY

June 11, 2019

LEEROY AL HALLEY of Palmdale, CA died June 11, 2019 at the age of 76. A retired funeral director, he worked for several mortuaries in southern California and was the former owner and operator of Halley-Olsen-Murphys Funerals and Cremations. He graduated from mortuary school in 1963.
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THOMAS DWIGHT NEWCOMER

June 8, 2019

THOMAS DWIGHT NEWCOMER of Orfordville, WI died June 8, 2019 at the age of 84. A licensed funeral director, he owned and operated Newcomer-Silverthorn Chapel on the Hill for the past 62 years.
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SADIE MELISSA OWENS MCHARGUE

June 7, 2019

SADIE MELISSA OWENS MCHARGUE of Shepherdsville, KY and Dunedin, FL died June 7, 2019 at the age of 93. A licensed funeral director, she worked alongside her late husband, Billy McHargue as manager of the old McDaniel Funeral Home in Louisville, KY.
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CRAIG A REUKAUF

June 5, 2019

CRAIG A. REUKAUF of New Smyrna Beach, FL died July 5, 2019 at the age of 72. A licensed funeral director since 1966, he was the owner and operator of Brewer Funeral Home in Lake Luzerne until 1999, when he sold the business. A graduate of the Simmons School of Embalming in Syracuse, he was a member of the New York State Funeral Directors Association and the Adirondack Funeral Directors...
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EARL "SONNY" AMMONS

May 31, 2019

EARL "SONNY" AMMONS of Grenada, MS died May 31, 2019 at the age of 74. He was a licensed funeral director at Robinson and Son Funeral Home. His career in the funeral industry spanned more than 40 years.
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MARJORIE DAME "MARGE" GNEWIKOW

May 31, 2019

MARJORIE DAME "MARGE" GNEWIKOW of Sauk City, WI died May 31, 2019at the age of 92. She and her husband, Ortwin E. Gnewikow, purchased Mazomanie Funeral Home in 1952. Funeral homes in Sauk City and Prairie du Sac were later purchased and in 1980 a new facility was built in Mazomanie. Marge later sold the business to her daughter and son-in-law, Susie and Gary Hooverson, which is now owned and...
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ROBERT OSCAR "BOB" BETTHAUSER

May 30, 2019

ROBERT OSCAR "BOB" BETTHAUSER of Radisson, WI died May 30, 2019 at the age of 81. A licensed funeral director, he was the owner and operator of Mastercraft Casket Company in Ladysmith, WI and graduated from mortuary school in 1961.
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RICHARD "RICH" BRENNY

May 28, 2019

RICHARD "RICH" BRENNY of Little Falls, MN died May 28, 2019 at the age of 71. A licensed funeral director, he and his two brothers, Joe and Chuck, purchased the Brenny Funeral Home from their parents, Clemens and Mary Brenny, in 1977. In 1995, the brothers began operating their businesses independently. Brenny served the Little Falls, Pierz and Morrison county area until retiring in 2006. He...
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BETTY MARIE CARLSON

May 26, 2019

BETTY MARIE CARLSON of El Dorado, KS died May 26, 2019 at the age of 90. A licensed funeral director since 1960, she and her husband, Gene Carlson, purchased the Dietz Funeral Home in El Dorado in 1974 and renamed it Carlson Colonial Funeral Home. Betty remained active in the business until the time of her passing. She was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Kansas...
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REV. DR. PERRY LOUIS MONTGOMERY

May 24, 2019

REV. DR. PERRY LOUIS MONTGOMERY of Woodland, MS died May 24, 2019 at the age of 85. He was the founder and owner of Montgomery Mortuary in Houston, MS. He was a Baptist pastor for nearly 60 years and retired educator for 40 years.
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A. ALLENDORPH "AL" SCHOONMAKER III

May 20, 2019

A. ALLENDORPH "AL" SCHOONMAKER III of Pleasant Valley, NY died May 20, 2019 at the age of 74. A fourth generation funeral director, he operated Schoonmaker Funeral Home Inc, which served the Dutchess County community since 1874. In 2005 Schoonmaker Funeral Home joined Parmele Funeral Home in Poughkeepsie, NY and was renamed Parmele Auchmoody & Schoonmaker Funeral Home. He graduated from the...
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JOHN A RITCHAY , SR

May 19, 2019

JOHN A. RITCHAY SR of Wisconsin Rapids, WI died May 19, 2019 at the age of 89. He founded the Ritchay Funeral Home in 1957 when he purchased the Krohn and Berard Funeral Home. In 1981 he purchased the Feldner Funeral Home, now the Feldner/Ritchay Funeral Home in Neboosa. A gradu-ate of the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science, he was honored in 2005 by the Wisconsin Funeral Directors...
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BERNARD COLEMAN CASTELLAW, JR

May 18, 2019

BERNARD COLEMAN CASTELLAW JR of Smyrna, GA died May 18, 2019. A licensed funeral director, he was retired from Castellaw Funeral Home. He received his associates degree from the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Services.
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WALTON FREDERICK "FRED" TALLEY

May 16, 2019

WALTON FREDERICK "FRED" TALLEY of Rome, GA died May 16, 2019 at the age of 74. A licensed funeral director, he worked alongside his brother, Marvin, in owning and operating the Talley Brothers Funeral Home for several years. After Talley Brothers sold, he opened Fred Talley's Parkview Chapel and was currently employed at the Parnick Jennings, Sr.'s Good Shepherd Funeral Home at the time of his...
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BRISCO H. CRAIN

May 14, 2019

BRISCO H. CRAIN of Franklinton, LA died May 14, 2019 at the age of 88. A licensed funeral director, he was the owner and operator of Crain and Sons Funeral Homes in Kentwood, Franklinton and Bogalusa. He was a member of the Louisiana Funeral Directors and Morticians Association and the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association.
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WILLIAM "BILL" GUY OLMSTED

May 14, 2019

WILLIAM "BILL" GUY OLMSTED of East Greenbush, NY died May 14, 2019 at the age of 77. A licensed funeral director, he worked as a self-employed sales representative for Embalmer's Supply Company, Bass-Mollett Industries, Schuylkill Haven Casket Company, and Columbia Casket Company. He graduated from the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in 1968.
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JOE LENNIE JENKINS, JR

May 14, 2019

JOE LENNIE JENKINS JR of South Boston, VA died May 14, 2019 at the age of 82. A licensed funeral director, he was employed at Brooks Funeral Home for 57 years and spent the last six years with Powell Funeral Home.
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EZRA U. "PANCHO BILLA" CASTRO

May 14, 2019

EZRA U. "PANCHO BILLA" CASTRO of Irving, TX died May 14, 2019 at the age of 39. A licensed funeral director, he was employed at Donnelly's Colonial Funeral Home in Irving, TX for almost 17 years. A 2002 graduate of the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, he was the recipient of the prestigious Bill Pierce Award, was a member of the Pi Sigma Eta National Morticians Fraternity, National Funeral...
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KENNETH R PETERSON

May 13, 2019

KENNETH R. PETERSON of Woodstock, NY died May 13, 2019 at the age of 69. He was a licensed funeral director, owner and operator of Lasher Funeral Home, which he purchased from Bob Boyd in 2005. He graduated from the Simmons School of Embalming in 1975.
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ELIZABETH C. FERRARA

May 7, 2019

ELIZABETH C. FERRARA of Cleveland, OH died May 7, 2019 at the age of 88. She spent a lifetime of com-forting and consoling others with her late husband, Dan at their business, the Ferrara Funeral Home in Garfield Heights.
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FRANCES M. ROGERS

May 7, 2019

FRANCES M. ROGERS of Tonawanda, NY died May 7, 2019 at the age of 101. She became president of the Lester H. Wedekindt Funeral Home in Tonawanda after her husband's death in 1960 and presided with her son, H. Lester, until she retired in 2014.
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DAVID G, REICHLE

May 6, 2019

DAVID G. REICHLE of Chicago, IL formerly of Naperville, IL died May 6, 2019 at the age of 45. He was president of American Wilbert Vault Corporation, representing the third generation of the family business.
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FREDERICK "FRED" DONATELLI, JR

May 6, 2019

FREDERICK "FRED" DONATELLI, JR of Ross Town-ship, PA died May 6, 2019 at the age of 87. In 1965, he founded the Fred Donatelli Cemetery Memorials in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, followed in later years by Pittsburgh Cremation Service and OakCrest Pet Crematory. Fred was involved for decades with the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, most recently serving as chairman of the board of...
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RICHARD G PROUT

May 5, 2019

RICHARD G. PROUT of Lenox, MA died May 5, 2019 at the age of 92. A licensed funeral director, he was the owner and operator of Douglass Funeral Service in Amherst for many years until his retirement in 1995.
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GEORGE R. "DICK" DEVORE, JR

May 5, 2019

GEORGE R. "DICK" DEVORE JR of Sunbury, OH died May 5, 2019 at the age of 89. A second generation funeral director and embalmer for 62 years, he joined his parents at the DeVore Funeral Home in Galena. In 1960 he opened a second location in Sunbury and expanded again in 1967 with the opening of the Marengo Chapel. In 1978 Dick and his wife Phyllis built a new funeral home chapel in Sunbury. In...
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JACQUELYN LOUISE HAIZLIP

May 3, 2019

JACQUELYN LOUISE HAIZLIP of High Point, NC died May 3, 2019 at the age of 85. She joined her sister, Lois Powell, as a licensed funeral director in the family business, Haizlip Funeral Home, which was established by their father in 1924. She continuously served High Point and the surrounding communities until 2003, when the business sold. She earned her funeral directing certificate from Forsyth...
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RONALD EDWARD POOLE

May 3, 2019

RONALD EDWARD POOLE of Bahama, NC died May 3, 2019 at the age of 66. A licensed funeral director for over 38 years, he worked at Brooks & White Funeral Home until retiring in 2014. He continued to work part time for the firm until his health no longer allowed him.
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RICHARD EUGENE "DICK" PETERSON

April 29, 2019

RICHARD EUGENE "DICK" PETERSON of Monona, WI died April 29, 2019 at the age of 86. A licensed funeral director since 1963, he worked at Gunderson Funeral Home for 22 years, retiring in 1998. He continued to serve families on a part time basis until 2016. A 1962 graduate of the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association.
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SPENCER F. WILKERSON

April 25, 2019

SPENCER F. WILKERSON of Lancaster, PA died April 25, 2019 at the age of 96. A licensed funeral director, he served with the Hooper Memorial Funeral Home in Harrisburg, PA for seven years. In 1957, he founded the Spencer F. Wilkerson Funeral Home in Lancaster. He continued to own and operate the business until selling it in 1988. A graduate of the Eckels College of Mortuary Science, he was a...
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PAUL EDWARD FREDETTE

April 23, 2019

PAUL EDWARD FREDETTE of Pemaquid Harbor, ME died April 23, 2019 at the age of 67. He was a funeral director for over 30 years in Waterville, retiring to Pemaquid.
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MARY DILORETO ROSSI

April 17, 2019

MARY DILORETO ROSSI of Warren, OH died April 17, 2019 at the age of 79. A licensed funeral director since 1973, she was the co-owner and secretary of the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel with her husband Peter P. Rossi Jr, from 1964 until the present. She was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, Tri-County Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors...
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ANDREW MAMARY SR

April 15, 2019

ANDREW MAMARY SR of Wilkes Barre, PA died April 15, 2019 at the age of 90. A licensed funeral director since 1951, he was the owner and operator of Mamary-Durkin Funeral Service, Inc., which he operated alongside his partner Gerald A. Durkin, from 1972 until Durkin's passing in 1984. Mamary was appointed to the Pennsylvania State Board of Funeral Directors in 1998 and was elected chairman in 2003...
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BOBBY MAURICE SULLIVAN

April 13, 2019

BOBBY MAURICE SULLIVAN of Fayetteville, NC died April 13, 2019 at the age of 82. A licensed funeral director in Fayetteville for over 45 years, he served as managing partner for the Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home prior to purchasing the Highland Funeral Service and Crematory in 2005 alongside his son, Todd Sullivan, and began operating the business as Sullivan's Highland Funeral Service and...
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WARREN ADDISON RAND

April 12, 2019

WARREN ADDISON RAND of Centerville, formerly of Westborough, MA died April 12, 2019 at the age of 82. A licensed funeral director for almost forty years, he began his career in south shore at Folsom's, Wickens and Troupe and later the Sparrell's Funeral Homes. He purchased the Harper Funeral Home in 1973, renaming it Rand and Harper Funeral Home. A graduate of the New England Institute of Anatomy...
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WILLIAM JOSEPH MCGEE, SR

April 8, 2019

WILLIAM JOSEPH MCGEE SR of Cape May Court House, NJ died April 8, 2019 at the age of 76. A retired funeral director, he owned and operated McGee Funeral Home in Burlington Township.
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AUSTIN J WILEY

April 3, 2019

AUSTIN J. WILEY of New Lexington, OH died April 3, 2019 at the age of 90. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for 67 years, he began working for the Spiker Funeral Home in Canton at the age of thirteen. He owned and operated the Wiley Funeral Home in Glouster in the 1950-60's, and in 1963, he purchased the Chute-Belford Funeral Home in New Lexington. Wiley also owned and operated the Hughes...
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RUSSELL MUFFLEY

April 2, 2019

RUSSELL MUFFLEY of Clovis, NM died April 2, 2019 at the age of 71. He served as a licensed funeral director in Las Cruces, Artesia and Clayton, NM before moving to Clovis to become manager of Sherwood Mortuary in 1975. In 1978, he and his wife, Carolyn purchased what is now the Muffley Funeral Home, and continued to own and operate it for over 40 years. A 1968 graduate of the Dallas Institute of...
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FRED CLARK

March 30, 2019

FRED CLARK of Neosho, MO died March 30, 2019 at the age of 82. A licensed funeral director, he began working alongside his parents at the family-owned business, Clark Funeral Home. Upon the death of his father in 1965, he assumed a bigger role in running the firm with his mother, and later his wife Sue, two sons and grandson. He was a1957 graduate of the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science.
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CLAUDE A MCKIBBEN, JR

March 30, 2019

CLAUDE A MCKIBBEN JR of Hogansville, GA died March 30, 2019 at the age of 70. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for 48 years, he owned and operated the McKibben Funeral Home alongside his late father, brother and nephews. A 1971 graduate of the Dallas Institute of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Georgia Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral...
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CHARLES "CHUCK" JOHNSON

March 29, 2019

CHARLES "CHUCK" JOHNSON of Toledo, OH died March 29, 2019 at the age of 75. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer for more than 40 years at Neville Funeral Home and served Lucas County Coroner's office for an additional six years. A 1967 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was the former president of the North West Ohio Funeral Directors Association and was a...
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MICHAEL N. ALTEN

March 28, 2019

MICHAEL N. ALTEN of Westlake, OH died March 28, 2019 at the age of 70. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer at McGorray-Hanna Funeral Home.
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DONALD W. KNIGHT

March 25, 2019

DONALD W. KNIGHT of North Syracuse, NY died March 25, 2019 at the age of 84. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 60 years, he purchased the former Murphy Funeral Home in 1961 and the Keegan & Osbelt Funeral Home in 1978 combining both operations into the current Keegan-Osbelt-Knight Funeral Home, Inc. A 1953 graduate of the Simmons School of Embalming, he was a member of the Central...
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JACK S. RICHARDSON

March 21, 2019

JACK S. RICHARDSON of Westerville, formerly of Akron, OH and Crawfordsville, IN died March 21, 2019 at the age of 92. A former owner of Baumgardner Vault Co., he was the former Clark Vault Co salesman and was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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EDWIN RUFUS PUTMAN

March 20, 2019

EDWIN RUFUS PUTMAN of Lebanon, OH died March 20, 2019 at the age of 90. A retired funeral director, he was employed with Anderson Funeral Home for 50 years and was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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JAMES LYNN HUFFMAN

March 19, 2019

JAMES LYNN HUFFMAN of Sullivan, IL died March 19, 2019 at the age of 70. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he worked at the Dawson and Wikoff Funeral Homes in Decatur for twenty years, the Mittendorf-Calvert Funeral Home in Champaign for three years and the Bower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston, ID for four years. He graduated Sum Cum Laude from the Worsham College of Mortuary Science.
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THOMAS "TOM" ALEX BROUSSARD

March 18, 2019

THOMAS "TOM" ALEX BROUSSARD of Beaumont, TX died March 18, 2019 at the age of 57. A fourth generation funeral director, Tom was co-chief executive officer for the six locations of Broussard's Mortuary.
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MATTHEW JOHN RUSSO II

March 16, 2019

MATTHEW JOHN RUSSO II of Virginia Beach, VA died March 16, 2019. He and Issac Williams founded Custom Air Trays in 1992. He sold the business in 2000 and continued to work with local funeral homes and casket companies on the East Coast. His knowledge and connections were instrumental when his son's mother, Lori Russo Eanes, and her brother Christopher Williams, founded C & L Containers, Inc in...
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WILLIAM "SPOKE" JEFFERSON

March 15, 2019

WILLIAM "SPOKE" JEFFERSON of Foxworth, MS died March 15, 2019 at the age of 82. He worked for over 40 years in the funeral business at Smith Funeral Home, Columbia, MS together with the owner the late David E. Smith. Jefferson became head licensed funeral director at Smith Funeral Home in 2017.
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MONROE JAMES EDWARDS

March 15, 2019

MONROE JAMES EDWARDS of Memphis, TN died March 15, 2019 at the age of 92. He was the founder and president of the M. J. Edwards Funeral Home, which he operated for nearly 40 years.
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CHRISTINE RENEE JONES

March 14, 2019

CHRISTINE RENEE JONES of Elgin, TX died March 14, 2019 at the age of 46. She was a funeral director and operations manager of Providence Funeral Home in Bastrop and Taylor. She previously worked alongside her husband, Brad Jones at Jones Family Funeral Home in Elgin.
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JAMES ALEXANDER SAPPENFIELD III

March 13, 2019

JAMES ALEXANDER SAPPENFIELD III of Bermuda Run, formerly of Troutman, NC died March 13, 2019 at the age of 66. He worked in the funeral business for 45 years and owned Troutman Funeral Home for 30 of those years. He graduated from the Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service.
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BENNETT GOLDSTEIN

March 12, 2019

BENNETT GOLDSTEIN of Philadelphia, PA died March 12, 2019 at the age of 86. He was a licensed funeral director and former president of Goldsteins' Rosenberg's Raphael-Sacks Funeral Home, which was established by his father and uncle in 1944. Under his guidance, the funeral home became one of the largest independently owned Jewish funeral homes in the nation. Goldstein served as president until...
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CARLA HAMRE THOFTNE

March 10, 2019

CARLA HAMRE THOFTNE of Lodi, WI died March 10, 2019 at the age of 62. She was the owner and operator of Hamre Funeral Home until her retirement in 2011.
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