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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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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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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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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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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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ELAINE MCGAVRAN

March 10, 2019

ELAINE MCGAVRAN of Pittsburgh, PA died March 10, 2019 at the age of 76. A licensed funeral director, she worked alongside her husband, Earl McGavran in purchasing the Hammons Funeral Home in Oswego in 1969 and Quinn Funeral Home in Pittsburgh 1979. Both firms became known as McGavran Funeral Home.
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CLARK W. "BILL" STOODLEY, SR

March 3, 2019

CLARK W. "BILL" STOODLEY SR of Belleville, NY died March 3, 2019 at the age of 80. He served his apprenticeship with the Briggs Bros Funeral Home in Homer, NY. In 1961 he began working with his father, Ross in the operation of Carpenter-Stoodley Funeral Home in Belleville. For the next 39 years, he served as director, manager and president of the funeral home until the merger with Reed and Benoit...
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THOMAS P. "TUCKER" O'CONNELL

March 2, 2019

THOMAS P. "TUCKER" O'CONNELL of Hudson, WI died March 2, 2019 at the age of 91. A licensed funeral director, he founded the O'Connell Valley Funeral Home in 1985, which he operated alongside his sons Dan and Mike. He obtained his degree in mortuary science from the University of Minnesota.
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THOMAS A. O'DONNELL

March 2, 2019

THOMAS A. O'DONNELL of Salem and Danvers, MA died March 2, 2019 at the age of 76. A third generation funeral director, he joined his father in operating the family business, Henry J. O'Donnell & Sons in Salem. Tom acquired ownership of the firm upon the death of his father in 1970 and was one of the first funeral directors in the United States to begin accepting pre-arranged funerals. He acquired...
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JOSEPH G. SALERNO

March 2, 2019

JOSEPH G. SALERNO of Roselle, IL died March 2, 2019 at the age of 78. A third generation licensed funeral director, he was the owner and CEO of Salerno's Rosedale in Roselle and Salerno's Galewood Chapels in Chicago.
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JOHN B. MONTS

March 1, 2019

JOHN B. MONTS of Ladoga, IN died March 1, 2019 at the age of 76. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he began working for First Funeral Home in Clinton until 1981, at which time, he began working for the Services and Morgan Funeral Home in Ladoga, where he remained working until his recent retirement. He graduated from mortuary school in 1962.
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JUDITH KAY "JUDY" ANKROM

February 28, 2019

JUDITH KAY "JUDY" ANKROM of Republic, MO died February 28, 2019 at the age of 74. A licensed preneed agent, she served Meadors Funeral Home for 35 years as a licensed funeral director and general manager.
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JANICE YVONNE GOFF

February 24, 2019

JANICE YVONNE GOFF of Highland Park, MI died February 24, 2019 at the age of 61. A licensed mortician and funeral director, she began her employment in 1980 with Wayne County Morgue and Thompson Funeral Home. She then spent 37 years with the Detroit Receiving Hospital and continued as a funeral director in the state of Michigan until her death. She graduated from Wayne State University.
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JAMES "JIM" WILLIAM STOUGH

February 24, 2019

JAMES "JIM" WILLIAM STOUGH of Austin, MN died February 24, 2019 at the age of 62. A licensed Minnesota and Iowa funeral director, he served his internship and continued to work at Henry-Olsen-Fuhrman Funeral Home in Estherville, IA until 1989 when he went to work at Olsen Funeral Home, which served several communities in the Fairmont area. In 2000, Jim started working at Worlein Funeral Home. A...
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ROY ALOYSIUS BETZLER , JR

February 21, 2019

ROY ALOYSIUS BETZLER JR of Portage, MI died February 21, 2019 at the age of 74. A licensed funeral director, he purchased Donovan Funeral Home in Kalamazoo in 1975 and in 1999 the Thompson & Hawley Funeral Home in Paw Paw, creating Life Story Funeral Homes. He graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in mortuary science.
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RONALD LEE KERCHEVAL

February 19, 2019

RONALD LEE KERCHEVAL of Harrison, OH died February 19, 2019 at the age of 79. A retired funeral director, he was the owner and operator of Jackman-Kercheval Funeral Home in Harrison from 1975 until 1992. A 1961 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Embalming, he served as president of the Greater Cincinnati Board of Funeral Directors and was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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THOMAS JAMES "T.J." LESTER

February 18, 2019

THOMAS JAMES "T.J." LESTER of Erie, PA died Feb-ruary 18, 2019 at the age of 69. In 1979, he began working for the Deaton Kennedy Co and in 1989, he and his wife, Susanne purchased the Louis A. Pick Funeral Supplies Co, and renamed it Lester and Co. They continued to serve funeral directors throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and New York.
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DAVID JOHN CIZMADIA

February 15, 2019

DAVID JOHN CIZMADIA of Castleton, VT died February 15, 2019 at the age of 66. A licensed funeral director, he worked at several funeral homes in Vermont prior to managing the Wilson-Cooper Funeral Home in Kittery, ME for 15 years. He graduated from the Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in 1992.
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WILLIAM J LENNON

February 10, 2019

WILLIAM J. LENNON of Manchester, CT died February 10, 2019 at the age of 96. He worked with local funeral homes as a licensed funeral director and served as manager of Watkins Funeral Home.
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RICHARD L. DEAN SR

February 8, 2019

RICHARD L. DEAN SR of Beloit, OH died February 8, 2019 at the age of 74. He was the owner, operator and director of Dean's Livery Service and Dean's Fu-neral Home in Sebring for 27 years. A 1989 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, he was a member of Ohio Funeral Directors Association and the Mount Union Cemetery Association.
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J. ROGER PRIMM

February 6, 2019

J. ROGER PRIMM of Troy, OH, formerly of Ashland, OH died February 6, 2019 at the age of 80. A retired funeral director, he owned and operated the former Denbow-Primm Funeral Home, now known as the Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home and Crematory, for 50 years. A 1961 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he served on the Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors for more than 10 years,...
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MAUREEN "BARRY" MAURER

February 3, 2019

MAUREEN "BARRY" MAURER of Liverpool, NY died February 3, 2019 at the age of 82. A licensed funeral director, she worked alongside her husband, John P. Maurer as vice president and secretary of the Maurer Funeral Homes in Liverpool and Baldwinsville, NY. She graduated from the Simmons School of Mortuary Science.
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CORIANN M MARTIN

January 30, 2019

CORIANN M. MARTIN of Mt. Pleasant, WI died January 30, 2019 at the age of 44. She was a licensed funeral director at Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home for over 18 years. Martin received her degree in mortuary science from the Milwaukee Area Technical College and was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association.
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CLINTON HORTON LANDRETH

January 27, 2019

CLINTON HORTON LANDRETH of Cliffside, NC died January 27, 2019 at the age of 80. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for over fifty years, he was the former owner of McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home. A graduate of the John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, North Carolina Funeral Directors Association, South Carolina Funeral...
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JOBIE L KIRK

January 27, 2019

JOBIE L. KIRK of Ardmore, OK died January 27, 2019 at the age of 81. A licensed funeral director, embalmer and mortician, he began his apprenticeship with the Ragsdale Funeral Home. In 1974 he founded Frontier Funeral Home and the Dawson-Dillard Funeral Home in 1975. Kirk was sole proprietor of Kirk-Dawson-Dillard Funeral Home until 1988, at which time he founded Kirk Funeral Home. He graduated...
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ALAN J KROBOTH

January 24, 2019

ALAN J. KROBOTH of Roselle, NJ died January 24, 2019at the age of 71. He was vice president of operations for Rosedale/Rosehill Cemeteries in Linden, NJ for over 40 years.
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PETER ANDREW "PETE" ZACHERL

January 21, 2019

PETER ANDREW "PETE" ZACHERL of Fond Du Lac, WI died January 21, 2019 at the age of 55. A fifth generation funeral director, he was the owner and operator of Zacherl Funeral Home. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mortuary science.
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RONNIE L JONES

January 21, 2019

RONNIE L. JONES of Brunswick, GA died January 21, 2019 at the age of 66. He owned and operated R. L. Jones and Sons Funeral Home since 2002.
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CARL WAYNE GRAVES

January 19, 2019

CARL WAYNE GRAVES of Bowling Green, KY, formerly of Scottsville, KY died January 19, 2019 at the age of 84. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer for Gerard and Bradley Funeral Home.
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CLYDIE EDWARD EVANS, SR

January 19, 2019

CLYDIE EDWARD EVANS SR of Houston, MO died January 19, 2019 at the age of 87. A licensed funeral director, he owned and operated Evans Funeral Home alongside his wife, Jean, for 46 years. They sold the business in 2005.
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RONALD REX HOSTETTLER

January 14, 2019

RONALD REX HOSTETTLER of Uhrichsville, OH died January 14, 2019 at the age of 82. A licensed funeral director for over 50 years, he owned and operated the Uhrich-Hostettler Funeral Home, Inc, retiring in 2003. A graduate of the Cincinnati School of Embalm-ing, he was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and the Tri-County Funeral Directors Association.
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JAMES FRANCIS "DIGGER" GILPATRIC

January 12, 2019

JAMES FRANCIS "DIGGER" GILPATRIC of Kingston, NY died January 12, 2019 at the age of 89. He began his career as a fourth generation funeral director and mortician by working at his grandfather's firm, the James M. Murphy Funeral Home in Kingston. Following the death of his grandfather, Jimmy took over ownership of the firm in 1954 and in 1972, it was renamed Gilpatric-Murphy Funeral Home. In 2009...
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JOHN P. "SONNY" COX

January 12, 2019

JOHN P. "SONNY" COX of Charleston, WV died January 12, 2019 at the age of 88. A licensed funeral director for sixty-nine years, he was the owner and operator of Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home. In 1955, he received the Charles E. Dodd Award for Outstanding Funeral Director of the Year. Cox was a member of the National Selected Morticians Association, National Funeral Directors Association, and...
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ALTON C. BENTON

January 10, 2019

ALTON C. BENTON of Killeen, GA died January 10, 2019 at the age of 64. He worked as a pre-need counselor and funeral director for Branford/Dawson Funeral Home for 24 years. He graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 2004.
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RUSSELL H. "RUSS" SPRING

January 9, 2019

RUSSELL H. "RUSS" SPRING of McConnelsville and Zanesville, OH died January 9, 2019 at the age of 62. A retried funeral director and embalmer, he worked at the DeLong-Baker and Lanning Funeral Home in Zanesville and later the Vorhis Funeral Home in Cincinnati. A 1986 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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RICHARD A. "DICK" STOWERS

January 9, 2019

RICHARD A. "DICK" STOWERS of Brandon, FL died January 9, 2019 at the age of 89. He established Stowers Funeral Home and Ambulance Service, Tampa Chapel, Riverview Chapel, B. Marion Reed, and Marsicano Funeral Home. He graduated from the Dallas Institute-Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science in 1959.
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DONALD S. "DONZIE" RUSSELL

January 8, 2019

DONALD S. "DONZIE" RUSSELL of Springdale, OH died January 8, 2019 at the age of 83. In 1978 he became the president of Vorhis Funeral Homes, Inc upon the death of his father. He retired in 2004 after 49 years of service.
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FRANCIS J. BERUBE

January 8, 2019

FRANCIS J. BERUBE of Haverhill, MA died January 8, 2019 at the age of 88. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he was the owner and operator of Berube-Comeau Funeral Home, which he purchased in 1968. He graduated from the New England Institute of Mortuary Science in 1966.
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REVEREND MONSIGNOR JOHN W. "JACK" DALTON

January 7, 2019

REVEREND MONSIGNOR JOHN W. "JACK" DALTON of Naperville, IL died January 7, 2019 at the age of 95. He was a longtime Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Dubuque, IA. Following three years of association with the Catholic Cemeteries of Chicago, he began his studies for the priesthood at Loras College in Dubuque. He was ordained as a priest on February 1, 1958 and named an Honorary Prelate on...
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JAMES R ZETTLER

January 7, 2019

JAMES R. ZETTLER of Hamilton, OH died January 7, 2019 at the age of 95. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for 72 years, he served as chairman and president of Zettler Funeral Home, which he founded alongside his wife, Marian in 1951. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Embalming in 1941.
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JAMES THOMAS MURPHY

January 7, 2019

JAMES THOMAS MURPHY of Stamford, CT died January 7, 2019 at the age of 67. He was a long-time funeral director and embalmer for the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home in Darien. He graduated from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in 1972.
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CARLTON RAINGE

January 6, 2019

CARLTON RAINGE of Blackshear, GA died January 6, 2019 at the age of 67. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he owned and operated Rainge Memorial Chapel, Inc, which he established in 2005. He served his internship at the McDowell's Funeral Home in Griffin, and later became assistant operations manager. In 1993 he moved to South Georgia to operate a family business and had worked for several...
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HERBERT C. BARKER

January 2, 2019

HERBERT C. BARKER of Chicago, IL died January 2, 2019 at the age of 96. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he was the owner of Barker's Mortuary and Cremation. A 1948 graduate of the Worsham College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Illinois Select Funeral Directors Association, Epsilon Nu Delta Mortuary Fraternity, and the...
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BENNEY LEE HALLER

January 1, 2019

BENNEY LEE HALLER of Chillicothe, OH died January 1, 2019 at the age of 74. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he was co-owner of the Haller Funeral Home & Crematory. A 1966 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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HARRY C. COWPER

December 31, 2018

HARRY C. COWPER of Eastlake, OH died December 31, 2018 at the age of 90. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he was employed at Monreal Funeral Home for over 50 years.
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THEODORE "TED" RAGSDALE, JR

December 29, 2018

THEODORE "TED" RAGSDALE JR of Muskogee, OK died December 29, 2018 at the age of 82. A licensed funeral director, he was the previous owner and operator of Ragsdale Funeral Home. He served on the State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.
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HELEN HOYMAN SNYDER

December 22, 2018

HELEN HOYMAN SNYDER of Ligonier, PA died December 22, 2018 at the age of 77. A licensed funeral director, she worked alongside her husband, the late Gordon O. Snyder in owning and operating Snyder Funeral Home Inc in Ligonier and the former L. Boyd Snyder Funeral Home Inc in Donegal for over 50 years. She continued to operate the funeral homes after her husband died in 2009 as well as the Laurel...
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GERALD "JERRY" BRYAN, SR

December 21, 2018

GERALD "JERRY" BRYAN SR of Deland, FL formerly of Pittsburgh and Murrysville, PA died December 21, 2018 at the age of 65. . He graduated from the Pitts-burgh Institute of Embalming, where he later taught embalming. A licensed Florida and Pennsylvania funeral director and embalmer, he was employed at the Baldauff Funeral Home in Orange City, FL.
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JOSEPH A. MISENCIK

December 19, 2018

JOSEPH A. MISENCIK of Avon, OH and formerly of Lakewood, OH died December 19, 2018 at the age of 82. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he worked alongside his father, the late Joseph B. Misencik until his death in 1967 and continued to own and operate the Joseph Misencik Funeral Home in Lakewood. In 1982, he and his wife, Marilyn pur-chased the Garland Funeral Home in Amherst, now the...
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ANDREW J. POLLARD

December 15, 2018

ANDREW J. POLLARD of Countryside, IL died December 15, 2018 at the age of 94. He was a devoted employee of the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Cemeteries, having served there for 56 years, most recently as director of finance, until his retirement at age 82.
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DOROTHY SPROWL WILLIS

December 12, 2018

DOROTHY SPROWL WILLIS of Dalton, GA died December 12, 2018 at the age of 92. A licensed funeral director, she co-founded Willis Funeral Home along-side her husband, the late Williams J. Willis, Sr in 1949.
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MAE CAROL NIEWOEHNER

December 9, 2018

MAE CAROL NIEWOEHNER of Upham, ND died December 9, 2018 at the age of 85. She worked alongside her husband, Henry Weyburn Niewoehner, in owning and operating the Niewoehner Funeral Home in Rolla, which they established in 1960. They retired in 2002 after 42 years of service.
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MICHAEL R. ST. PIERRE

December 6, 2018

MICHAEL R. ST. PIERRE of Greenwood, IL died December 6, 2018 at the age of 71. Licensed in the state of Indiana and Tennessee, he retired as chairman of the board of Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory in 2016, which he operated as a fifth generation funeral director and a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner. St. Pierre graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science. He...
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AUGUST K. GRAUMLICH II

December 4, 2018

AUGUST K. GRAUMLICH II of Worthington, OH died December 4, 2018 at the age of 86. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he was a third generation owner of Graumlich Funeral Home in Columbus, OH. A graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association and served as past president of the Central...
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CORA MAE VIATOR DAVID

November 29, 2018

CORA MAE VIATOR DAVID of New Iberia, LA died November 29, 2018 at the age of 93. She worked alongside her husband, Dennis J. David in owning and operating the David Funeral Home.
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MARILYN E GUMP HOLT

November 27, 2018

MARILYN E. GUMP HOLT of Cheviot, OH died No-vember 27, 2018 at the age of 84. One of the earliest female licensed funeral directors and embalmers, she worked alongside her father and husband in the Gump-Holt Funeral Home for nearly sixty years. A graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, she was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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GLEN EDWARD "EDDIE" BALL, JR

November 22, 2018

GLEN EDWARD "EDDIE" BALL JR of McPherson, KS died November 22, 2018 at the age of 86. He worked as a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Wichita before moving to McPherson in 1945 to work alongside his father, Glen E. Ball at the Ball & Son Funeral Home. They co-owned the firm until Glen passed in 1981, leaving Eddie to operate the business until he sold it in 1996. Eddie remained working...
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JOHN BERNARD DAHL

November 21, 2018

JOHN BERNARD DAHL of Billings, MT died November 21, 2018 at the age of 93. A licensed funeral director, he formed Billings Funeral Service in 1955 alongside Howard Retz and William Brown. In 1966, he became sole owner of the firm, changing the name to Dahl Funeral Chapel. In 1977, he established a new location in Red Lodge and merged the Bozeman, Billings and Red Lodge operation into one. In 1978...
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ALMA HITCHCOCK DAVIS

November 17, 2018

ALMA HITCHCOCK DAVIS of Maryville, TN died No-vember 17, 2018 at the age of 74. A licensed funeral director, she was the co-owner of Foothills Funeral Home. She was a member of the Greater Knoxville Funeral Service Associates, Tennessee state Funeral Directors and Morticians Association and the East Tennessee Funeral Directors and Morticians Association.
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EDWARD NOLLIE WASHBURN

November 16, 2018

EDWARD NOLLIE WASHBURN of Bostic, NC died November 16, 2018 at the age of 88. A licensed funeral director, he owned and operated his family firm, Washburn's Funeral Home, from the late 1940's until 1998 when he retired.
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EDWARD W RHODES

November 13, 2018

EDWARD W. RHODES of Peabody, MA died November 13, 2018 at the age of 91. He worked alongside his father, Edward W. Rhodes, Sr at the Rhodes Funeral Home for many years before taking over operation of the business after his father passed. He owned and operated the funeral home as a licensed funeral director until 1984, when he sold the business to David J. Solimine. A graduate of the New England...
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WILLIAM WILLIAM E. "BILL" BURDAN

November 10, 2018

WILLIAM E. "BILL" BURDAN of Cedar Lake, IN died November 10, 2018 at the age of 78. A licensed funeral director, he founded Burdan Funeral Home in the late 70's. A 1960 graduate of the Worsham College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association.
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FRED D. GARRETT, SR

November 8, 2018

FRED D. GARRETT SR of Greenville, SC died Novem-ber 8, 2018 at the age of 94. In 1958, he was hired as a part-time employee of the Watkins, Arnold and Sheppard Mortuary. Later, he became part-owner/manager and the name was changed to Watkins, Garrett & Woods Mortuary. In 1993, Fred Garrett, Sr., became the sole owner. He was a life member of the National Funeral Directors Association, former...
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ROBERT CLYDE COVER

November 6, 2018

ROBERT CLYDE COVER of Monroe, formerly of Dun-dee, MI died November 6, 2018 at the age of 65. A licensed funeral director, he began working at Temrowski Funeral Home and later the A. H. Peters Funeral Home. In 1984, he and his wife, Cheryl Cover moved to Dundee and purchased what was then known as Buhl Funeral Home. He continued to own and operate Cover Funeral Home until he was diagnosed with...
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DONALD LAMAR "DON" DANIELS

November 5, 2018

DONALD LAMAR "DON" DANIELS of Greenville, AL died November 5, 2018 at the age of 65. A licensed funeral director, he was the former owner of Dunklin and Daniels Funeral Home. He began working at Mack Funeral Home in Robertsdale in 1969 and later at the Dunklin's Funeral Home in downtown Greenville. In 1992, Don and Carolyn Herndon purchased the company from the Dunklin family. Dunklin-Herndon...
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SHIRLEY RAE CONAWAY

November 2, 2018

SHIRLEY RAE CONAWAY of Uniontown, PA died November 2, 2018at the age of 81. She and her husband, John "Dick" Conaway founded Conaway Enterprises, a distributor of specialty vehicles, funeral coaches, limousines, ambulances, transit buses, and recreational vehicles, in Uniontown, PA in 1969.
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GARYTON COLVARD ECHOLS, JR

October 26, 2018

GARYTON COLVARD ECHOLS, JR of LaPlata, MD died October 26, 2018 at the age of 85. A third generation funeral director, he and his wife, Carol purchased the Arehart Funeral Home, now the Arehart-Echols Fu-neral Home, now operated by his son David. He co-founded with his sons the Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home and Crematory in Charlotte Hall.
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FRANCIS G OZOG

October 25, 2018

FRANCIS G. OZOG of Johnstown, PA died October 25, 2019 at the age of 75. He served the Johnstown community as owner and funeral director of the Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., in Cambria City.
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STEPHEN "STEVE" CHARLES TAYLOR , SR

October 24, 2018

STEPHEN "STEVE" CHARLES TAYLOR SR of Metter, GA died October 24, 2018 at the age of 75. A licensed funeral director, he worked alongside his father for many years at the Taylor Funeral Home. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
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ROSALIA "SALLY" WEMPE SMITH

October 22, 2018

ROSALIA "SALLY" WEMPE SMITH of St. Joseph, MO died October 22, 2018 at the age of 98. A licensed funeral director, she worked alongside her late husband, Garth H. Smith, in owning and operating funeral homes in Seneca, Axtel and Marysville, KS as well as North Kansas City, MO. In 1956 they moved to St. Joseph and purchased the Heaton-Bowman Funeral Home and in 1962, they acquired H.O. Sidenfaden...
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RICHARD DEAN "DICK" SCHWARTZ

October 21, 2018

RICHARD DEAN "DICK" SCHWARTZ of Las Vegas, NV, formerly of Parkersburg, IA died October 21, 2018 at the age of 78. A licensed funeral director, he served his apprenticeship at the White Funeral Home in Independence, IA and then worked for Parrott & Wood Funeral Home in Waterloo. In 1975, he and his wife, Linda purchased Redmond-Schwattz Funeral Home in Aplington and Parkersburg. He continued to...
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DONALD RAY VARNER

October 21, 2018

DONALD RAY VARNER of Macks Creek, MO died October 21, 2018 at the age of 84. A licensed funeral director since 2000, he joined the staff of Hedges-Scott Funeral Homes in 1999 and continued to operated the Macks Creek location for many years.
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WILLIAM V. "BILL" HOCKER

October 19, 2018

WILLIAM V. "BILL" HOCKER of Albuquerque, NM died October 19, 2018 at the age of 85. A licensed funeral director, he joined his father, Tony Frkovich at Grants Mortuary, which his parents founded in 1947. He later acquired ownership of the firm and operated it alongside his wife, Kathy and sons Bill Jr., Robert, Stephen and John, and friend James Martinez. Hocker wrote two papers, The Parental...
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CAROLE JEAN BOYD

October 13, 2018

CAROLE JEAN BOYD of Marion, OH died October 13, 2018 at the age of 77. She was the owner of the Boyd-Born Funeral Home.
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CATHERINE "CAROL" BROWN

October 11, 2018

CATHERINE "CAROL" BROWN of Larimore, ND died October 11, 2018 at the age of 81. She worked alongside her husband, Doug Brown at the Brown Funeral Home for 49 years as a funeral assistant.
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TIMOTHY MARK KILGORE

January 10, 1959 - 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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R. BROWN "BRAD" BROWN, JR

September 13, 2018

R. BROWN "BRAD" BROWN JR of Mifflintown, PA died September 13, 2018 at the age of 90. He was a fourth generation funeral director and former owner of the Brown Funeral Home in Mifflintown. A 1946 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Embalming, he was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and the Juniata Valley Funeral Directors...
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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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