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RICHARD EMIL DANIELS

May 29, 2020

RICHARD EMIL DANIELS of Burlington, WI died May 29, 2020 at the age of 92. A Wisconsin funeral director and embalmer, he worked with John Schuette at the Schuette Funeral Home in 1948 before becoming a partner in the Schuette, Werth and Daniels Funeral Home in 1954. In 1975, Daniels and his wife, Doris purchased the business and in 1991 a new funeral home was built at its current location on...
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DAVID ALLEN BECK

May 29, 2020

DAVID ALLEN BECK of Columbus, OH died May 29, 2020 at the age of 81. He began his career in the funeral industry at The Clark Grave Vault Company, having served as production foreman, sales manager and president in 1988. Beck served thirty years on the board of the International Memorialization Supply Association, was president and a member of the Casket and Funeral Supply Association of America,...
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ROBERT "BOB" WILLIAM WILCOX

May 24, 2020

ROBERT "BOB" WILLIAM WILCOX of Nezperce, ID died May 24, 2020 at the age of 44. A funeral director and embalmer, he was the owner and operator of the Ternary Funeral Home in Kamiah, which he purchased in 2006. Wilcox previously worked at Messinger Mortuary in Scottsdale, AZ. He graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science.
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GEORGE FRED KOURMADAS

May 24, 2020

GEORGE FRED KOURMADAS of Williamsburg, VA died May 24, 2020 at the age of 90. He owned and operated two funeral homes in the Detroit, MI area, retiring after serving 65 years as a licensed funeral director. He graduated from the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service.
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BRENT M HARTLEY

May 20, 2020

BRENT M. HARTLEY of Toledo, OH died May 20, 2020 at the age of 55. He began his career as an associate funeral director and embalmer at the Hartley Funeral Home Inc, which was founded by his parents, Richard and Joann Hartley in 1966. Brent became co-owner of the funeral home after the passing of his father in 1998. He continued to operate it alongside his mother until they retired in 2015. A...
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WILLIAM J. "BILL" SCHINDERLE

May 19, 2020

WILLIAM J. "BILL" SCHINDERLE of Algoma, WI died May 19, 2020 at the age of 90. A licensed funeral director for 62 years, he purchased the Schumacher Furniture Store and Funeral Home in Stockbridge in 1953 and the Haucke Funeral Home in Algoma in 1967. A new funeral home was built in 1971, which is where the Schinderle Funeral Home currently resides. He continued to own and operate it until his...
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MIKE STEPHENS

May 15, 2020

MIKE STEPHENS of Cincinnati, OH died May 15, 2020 at the age of 66. In 1984, Stephens joined The Forethought Group, serving various sales management roles for seven years. In the early 1900s, he joined a start-up funeral home acquisition company. In 2007 he became a regional vice president of National Guardian Life Insurance Company. He retired in 2019 after serving 35 years in the funeral...
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ANDREA Y. ROCHE

May 15, 2020

ANDREA Y. ROCHE of Summerfield, FL died May 15, 2020 at the age of 66. A 2013 retired funeral director, she worked alongside her husband, Bob Roche at their Tamaqua, PA funeral home. After moving to Florida, she worked at Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Ocala, FL; Wilder Funeral Home in Homosassa Springs and Turner Funeral Homes in Spring Hill. Andrea received her degree in mortuary science from the...
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JOHN W CHAPMAN III

May 14, 2020

JOHN W. CHAPMAN III of Hurricane, WV died May 14, 2020 at the age of 72. A second generation funeral director, he began helping his father, John W. Chapman Jr., at the Chapman Funeral Home in Winfield before they purchased a second location in Teays Valley. For many years, John and his wife, Debra Leslie Chapman owned and operated the Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home in St. Albans. Following the...
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ALBERT RHODEN

May 9, 2020

ALBERT RHODEN of Canton, OH died May 9, 2020 at the age of 71. He was owner and president of Rhoden Memorial Homes in Akron and Canton. A 1981 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he became a partner in the Turner-Rhoden Funeral Home in 1982, and sole owner in 2000. He was a member of the National and Ohio Funeral Directors Associations, Buckeye State Funeral Directors, Phi Sigma...
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KENNETH MARVIN PURCELL

May 9, 2020

KENNETH MARVIN PURCELL of Vass, NC died May 9, 2020 at the age of 55. A graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, he became a licensed mortician and funeral director in 1986, and was a certified licensed insurance agent for 25 years. He established Purcell Funeral Home in Southern Pines NC in 1995. His second funeral home was established in Raeford, and in 2006 he opened his third...
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JEREMIAH C. GAFFNEY

May 6, 2020

DR. JEREMIAH C. GAFFNEY, III of Inwood, NY died May 6, 2020 at the age of 65. He was the second-generation owner of Jeremiah C. Gaffney Funeral Home Inc. in Inwood. In addition to his funeral education, he held a degree in Biochemistry and a doctor-ate in Economics.
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RICHARD "DICK" LEE KAATZ

May 5, 2020

RICHARD "DICK" LEE KAATZ of Elk Township, MI died May 5, 2020 at the age of 82. Owner of Kaatz Funeral Directors, he graduated from Wayne State University with a Mortuary Science Degree in 1960. He purchased the former Peters Funeral Home in Yale, MI in 1960, where he began working in 1953. He purchased the former Gillian Funeral Home in the early 1970s, the Barnard Funeral Home in Capac, MI in...
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BOBBY M. PROFFITT

May 2, 2020

BOBBY M. PROFFITT of Brownsville, KY died May 2, 2020 at the age of 89. He started working with Patton Funeral Home as a licensed funeral director and embalmer in August of 1972. A funeral director for over sixty years, he was the manager of Patton Funeral Home's Park City Chapel.
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MARY LOU COTTON

May 1, 2020

MARY LOU COTTON of Kensington, OH died May 1, 2020 at the age of 84. She was a funeral director, EMT, and president of Maple Cotton Funeral Home & Ambulance Service, Inc., Kensington. She received her first EMT certification in 1973, and her funeral director's license in April 1994. She was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association District 15 & 16.
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JOHN PAUL GEE

April 29, 2020

JOHN PAUL GEE of Kokomo, IN died April 29, 2020 at the age of 51. He earned a degree in Mortuary Science at Vincennes University in 1989, and his Indiana Funeral Director's License in 1990. Since 2001, he had served families as a funeral director at Ellers Mortuary, Kokomo. He was also a board member of Crown Point Cemetery and past member of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association.
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KEVIN STOUT

April 28, 2020

KEVIN STOUT of Whitestone, Queens, NY died April 28, 2020 at the age of 57. He joined the family's funeral home business, taking after his father, before going to work for Thomas F. Boland Funeral Parlor in College Point.
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CYNTHIA GILMORE DOUTHIT

April 25, 2020

CYNTHIA GILMORE DOUTHIT of Winston-Salem, NC died April 25, 2020 at the age of 75. A 1966 graduate of John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in Nashville, TN, she joined her parents at the Gilmore Funeral Home in Winston-Salem. She was the first licensed female funeral director and embalmer in Forsyth County, and one of the first women to drive hearses and ambulances on emergency calls. She...
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EDWARD F. "TED" CARNEY

April 24, 2020

EDWARD F. "TED" CARNEY of New Bedford, MA died April 24, 2020 at the age of 70. He answered the call of the family business and became partners with his father at Austin-Carney Funeral Home. He studied mortuary science and funeral service at Boston's New England Institute of Anatomy and Embalming, graduating in 1970, and becoming the then-youngest licensed funeral director and embalmer in...
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PAUL E BOHN

April 17, 2020

PAUL E. BOHN of Ambridge, PA died April 17, 2020 at the age of 78. In 1973 he purchased the William Towcimak Funeral Home. He was the sole proprietor of the Paul E. Bohn Funeral Home for 32 years. Bohn turned over his business to his long time associate Bob Matich, whom he mentored for 34 years. A graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, he was past treasurer of the Beaver County...
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ANTHONY L PREZIOSI

April 16, 2020

ANTHONY L. PREZIOSI of Massapequa, NY died April 16, 2020. A funeral director for 35 years, he was the manager of Massapequa Funeral Home. He received his degree in mortuary science from SUNY Farmingdale and was a member of the Nassau Suffolk Funeral Directors Association.
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L. PREZIOSI

April 16, 2020

ANTHONY L. PREZIOSI of Massapequa, NY died April 16, 2020. He was manager at Massapequa Funeral Home where dedicated over 35 years as a funeral director. He received his degree in Mortuary Science from SUNY Farmingdale and was a member of the Nassau Suffolk Funeral Directors Association.
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EDWARD W. MILLER II

April 15, 2020

EDWARD W. MILLER, II of Depew, NY died April 15, 2020 at the age of 73. A graduate of Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse, he worked as a funeral director with the Carlton-Ullrich Funeral Home, then served in the Army in the Vietnam War with a graves registration unit. He returned to work at the Barron Funeral Service in Buffalo, NY and bought the business in 1973. Barron-Miller...
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DAVID A. MILLER

April 15, 2020

DAVID A. MILLER of Tonawanda, NY died April 15, 2020 at the age of 71. He attended Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse, then served in the Army in the Vietnam War, deployed with mortuary affairs search and rescue from 1969 to 1971. Upon returning home, he began working for the Lester H. Wedekindt Funeral Home in Tonawanda, and provided services for numerous other funeral homes in the...
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LEON J GROFF

July 19, 1951 - April 14, 2020

LEON J. GROFF of Sandusky, OH died April 14, 2020 at the age of 68. He received his associate's degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1972, where he graduated Cum Laude. He joined his father as a funeral director and embalmer at the Frey-Groff Funeral Home and built the new Groff Funeral Home in 1987. He continued expanding the with several more locations, as well as...
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PETER M BROWN

April 11, 2020

PETER M. BROWN of Nutley, NJ died April 11, 2020 at the age of 53. He was the manager of S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home in Nutley. He was a graduate of Mercer County Community College, where he obtained his degree in Mortuary Science in 1992.
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TONI MARTIN

April 10, 2020

PASTOR TONI MARTIN of Indianapolis, IN died April 10, 2020 at the age of 66. She was a certified Grief Counselor, Grief Ministry Director and Consultant, most recently with Sprowl Funeral Home and had previously worked for Bluitt and Son Funeral Home and Williams and Bluitt Funeral Homes in Indianapolis. She was also National Executive Exhibit Director for the 100 Black Women of Funeral Service,...
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ROBERT LEE FINCH

April 9, 2020

ROBERT LEE FINCH of Altavista, VA died April 9, 2020 at the age of 90. He spent over 65 years as a licensed funeral director and embalmer at Finch and Finch Funeral and Cremation Service, established in 1905 by his grandfather. He was a past president of the Southside Funeral Directors Association and the Virginia Funeral Directors Association, as well as a former member of the National Funeral...
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H. CHARLES CHUCK NELSON

April 8, 2020

H. CHARLES "CHUCK" NELSON of Gaylord, MI died April 8, 2020 at the age of 83. He and his wife, Patricia, opened Nelson Funeral Home in Gaylord in 1965. He earned a degree in Mortuary Science at Worsham College in Chicago, and was a passionate funeral director for over 50 years. He was also a member and past board president of Michigan Funeral Directors Association.
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WILLIAM JAKUBS

April 6, 2020

WILLIAM JAKUBS of Cleveland, OH died April 6, 2020 at the age of 91. He was proud to be a funeral director for 70 years with his family firm, now known as Jakubs & Son Funeral Home, Cleveland and Jakubs-Waite Funeral Home, Eastlake.
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RICHARD CHARLES STEELE II

April 4, 2020

RICHARD CHARLES STEELE, II of Bay City, MI died April 4, 2020 at the age of 52. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University and Mortuary Science License in 1991. He was a partner and vice president of the family business, Penzien-Steele Funeral Home. He was a member of Selected Independent Funeral Homes and was past district president of the Michigan Funeral Directors...
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KEVIN K O'SULLIVAN

April 4, 2020

KEVIN K. O'SULLIVAN of Bel-Nor, MO died April 4, 2020 at the age of 69. He worked in the family business from an early age for his father and uncle at O'Sullivan-Muckle Mortuary in Jennings, MO, eventually earning his license and degree in Funeral Service. After the deaths of his uncle and father in 1992, Kevin moved the business to Chesterfield, MO where he operated O'Sullivan-Muckle Mortuary...
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GERALD F BROWN

April 4, 2020

GERALD F. BROWN of Durham, CT died April 4, 2020 at the age of 70. After graduating from the American College of Mortuary Science in New York, he began his career of over 45 years as a funeral director. He had been employed by Howard K. Hill Funeral Services for over 10 years, and was president of the Durham Cemetery Corporation.
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MARK LENARD JUSTEN

August 22, 1953 - March 29, 2020

MARK LENARD JUSTEN of McHenry, IL died March 29, 2020 at the age of 66. Graduating from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1976, Mark worked as the fourth generation at the George R. Justen & Son Funeral Home in McHenry. In 1983, he installed a crematory, serving funeral homes in the area. In 1985, Mark purchased the Wonder Lake Funeral Home, and in 1989, he purchased the Round Lake Funeral...
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PAUL R. SCHELM, JR.

March 28, 2020

PAUL R. SCHELM, JR. of Port Charlotte, FL died March 28, 2020 at the age of 87. He was a graduate of Miami-Dade Community College in Miami. In October 1979, he founded Paul Schelm Funeral Home, and most recently he was a funeral director at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home and Gardens in Punta Gorda, FL.
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JAMES ROBERT "BOB" MORRIS

March 28, 2020

JAMES ROBERT "BOB" MORRIS of Dayton, OH died March 28, 2020 at the age of 88. He was the third generation of his family at Morris Sons Funeral Homes where he worked for over 50 years. A 1955 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Service, he was also past Secretary-Treasurer of the Greater Montgomery County Funeral Directors Association and a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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DOROTHY E. DAY

March 28, 2020

DOROTHY E. DAY of Toledo, OH died March 28, 2020 at the age of 93. She and her husband, the late James Day, founded The House of Day Funeral Service in Toledo in 1964. A Licensed Funeral Director since 1969, she oversaw the construction of a new facility in 1990. Her legacy continues through her family of funeral directors: her children, Cassandra Moore and Michael Day, Sr., grandson, Michael Day...
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CHARLES and RETTA BILLOW

March 27, 2020

CHARLES W. BILLOW and RETTA HASKINS BILLOW of Akron, OH died March 27 and April 1, 2020 at the age of 92 and 90, respectively. They were the fourth generation of the family to operate Billow Funeral Homes in Akron and Cuyahoga Falls, OH. The firm, founded in 1875, was Akron's first funeral home. Billow Funeral Home was a founding member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association in 1881 and one of...
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O'NEIL D. SWANSON

March 27, 2020

O'NEIL D. SWANSON of Detroit, MI died March 27, 2020 at the age of 86. He attended Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, graduating cum laude in 1956, and subsequently passing the National Conference of Funeral Services Examiners Board. Two years later, Swanson founded Swanson Funeral Homes, Inc. in Detroit. He was a former trustee of the National Foundation of Funeral Service, past treasurer...
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JOHN HARRIS HUDSON

March 26, 2020

JOHN HARRIS HUDSON of Troy, AL died March 26, 2020 at the age of 53. With a funeral service career spanning over 30 years, he most recently was manager of the Green Hills Funeral Home in Troy. He received his degree in Mortuary Science from Jefferson State Junior College.
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EARLE F. COOK , JR.

March 24, 2020

EARLE F. COOK JR. of Attleboro, MA died March 24, 2020 at the age of 92. He was the proud owner of the Cook Funeral Home in Attleboro for more than thirty years, until his retirement. A graduate of New England Institute in Boston, he also founded the Widow to Widow program in Attleboro.
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WARREN H. RILES

March 20, 2020

WARREN H. RILES, CFSP, of Forestville, NY died March 20, 2020, at the age of 79. A 1968 graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, he was a licensed funeral director in both New York and Pennsylvania. He purchased the former Hole-Parker Funeral Chapel in Forestville in 1970, and changed the name to Riles Funeral Home. He was currently president of Riles & Woolley, Inc., Forestville,...
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CHARLES H. FARWELL. , Jr

March 19, 2020

CHARLES H. FARWELL, JR. of Nashua, NH died March 19, 2020 at the age of 93. A second-generation funeral director, he joined his father at Farwell Funeral Service in 1949 and served as the executive director of the funeral home for over 50 years. A 1950 graduate of New England Institute of Anatomy, Sanitary Sciences, Embalming and Funeral Directing in Boston, he held membership the National...
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ROGER D. "ROCK" MCCOLAUGH

March 16, 2020

ROGER D. "ROCK" MCCOLAUGH of Xenia, OH died March 16, 2020 at the age of 70. He joined his father, Robert S. McColaugh, in the family business, McColaugh Funeral Home, which was established in 1960. After his father's passing, he assumed ownership and continued to operate it as president. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1970.
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EDDIE FOSTER ROBERTS

March 15, 2020

EDDIE FOSTER ROBERTS of Bay City, TX died March 15, 2020 at the age of 97. He was a funeral director and mortician at the Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home. It was reported that Mr. Roberts was the first Texan to succumb to Covid-19.
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STEPHEN G TIRPAK

March 12, 2020

STEPHEN G. TIRPAK of Cleveland, OH died March 12, 2020 at the age of 82. He began working at Chambers Funeral Home in 1964, receiving his funeral directors licenses in 1966. He graduated with a degree in mortuary science from the University of Dayton and was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and the Cuyahoga Funeral Directors Association.
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THOMAS H. MCCARTHY

March 10, 2020

THOMAS H. MCCARTHY of Buffalo, NY died March 10, 2020 at the age of 85. He founded the Thomas H. McCarthy Funeral Home in South Buffalo in 1957 and in 1994 a second location was added in West Seneca. A 1956 graduate of the Simmons School of Mortuary Science, he served as president of the Erie-Niagara Funeral Directors Association, chairman of the New York State Funeral Directors Association's...
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RICHARD A. "DICK" WHETSTONE

March 10, 2020

RICHARD A. "DICK" WHETSTONE of Vandalia, OH died March 10, 2020 at the age of 78. He worked alongside his wife, Barbara in owning and operating the Morton & Whetstone Funeral Home for over fifty years.
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RICHARD G. "DICK" BUMA

January 11, 1946 - March 7, 2020

RICHARD G. "DICK" BUMA of Milford, MA died March 7, 2020 at the age of 74. A licensed funeral director since 1973, he purchased Sargeant Funeral Home in 1974. Today Buma Funeral Homes has locations in Milford, Uxbridge and Whitinsville. He graduated from the New England Institute in Boston.
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FRANK M SCHMIDT

March 6, 2020

FRANK M. SCHMIDT of Reading, OH died March 6, 2020 at the age of 75. He was a licensed funeral director at Mihovk-Rosenacker Funeral Home.
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CATHERINE LENA "KAY" SAGARINO

February 27, 2020

CATHERINE LENA "KAY" SAGARINO of New Britain, CT and Hallandale, FL died February 27, 2020 at the age of 97. In 1950, she and her late husband, Donald D. Sagarino established the Donald D. Sagarino Funeral Home in New Britain. She continued to own and operate it as a licensed funeral director until retiring to Florida, where she consulted for a local funeral home.
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WILLIAM B. "BILL" SEARCY

February 27, 2020

WILLIAM B. "BILL" SEARCY of Enterprise, AL died February 27, 2020 at the age of 68. He was a licensed third generation funeral director, embalmer and cremationist at Searcy Funeral Home and Crematory for over 40 years. He graduated from the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science.
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GLENN A STRUNK

February 26, 2020

GLENN A. STRUNK of Vero Beach, FL died February 26, 2020 at the age of 79. He was the owner and operator of Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory. He earned his Associate of Science Degree in Mortuary Science from the Miami-Dade Community College in 1966.
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J.S. HENDERSON

February 24, 2020

J.S. HENDERSON of Norphlet, AR died February 24, 2020 at the age of 84. A licensed funeral director, he worked alongside his uncle, A.C. Henderson, founder of Henderson's Mortuary in Magnolia.
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HENRY CRILL MERRYDAY , JR.

February 23, 2020

HENRY CRILL MERRYDAY, JR. of Tallahassee, FL died February 23, 2020 at age 93. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Embalming in 1949 and went on to become certified as a licensed funeral director by the State of Florida. He then worked with his uncle in the family business, T.J. Beggs Funeral Home in Madison, FL.
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HARVEY ALLEN "H.A." ROBERSON

February 23, 2020

HARVEY ALLEN "H.A." ROBERSON of Bethany, MO died February 23, 2020 at the age of 87. A licensed third generation funeral director and embalmer for over 61 years, he served his apprenticeship with his father, Orris Lee Roberson at the Roberson Funeral Home in Jamesport. He worked alongside his wife, Suzanne for 40 years, growing a fourth generation family business. In 1959, they purchased the...
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JOHN MARX BUSCH

February 23, 2020

JOHN MARX BUSCH of Avon Lake, OH died February 23, 2020 at the age of 87. A third generation funeral director, he was the former owner and operator of Busch Funeral Homes. He was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and was the second generation to serve as secretary/treasurer of the Selected Independent Funeral Homes (NMS).
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John "Jack" Kenneth Eickhof

February 20, 2020

John "Jack" Kenneth Eickhof passed away on Febru-ary 20, 2020 in St. Paul, MN at the age of 96. Jack was a general contractor and a partner in Otto J. Eickhof and Sons Construction Company for most of his career. He lost a daughter's named Gretchen in a pri-vate airplane accident while she was attending Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. This tragedy provided an impetus for Jack to design a...
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JOHN DAVID REED , SR

February 20, 2020

JOHN DAVID REED SR of Webster Springs, WV died February 20, 2020 at the age of 70. A funeral director and embalmer, he was the former owner of Dodd & Reed Funeral Home in Webster Springs and Adams-Reed Funeral Home in Cowen. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, where he served as a past member of the board of trustees. Reed was past president of the West Virginia...
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MICHAEL WAYNE RANDOLPH

February 19, 2020

MICHAEL WAYNE RANDOLPH of Washington Court House, OH died February 19, 2020 at the age of 39. He was a funeral director and embalmer at the McColaugh Funeral Home in Xenia for eleven years. Most recently, he worked at the Murray-Fettro Funeral Home in Greenfield. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
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RALPH E. WAITE

February 18, 2020

RALPH E. WAITE of Medina, OH died February 18, 2020 at the age of 93. A funeral director, he worked alongside his father, Harold Elliot Waite at the Waite & Son Funeral Home. He continued to own and operate the family business for over 50 years. A graduate of the Cleveland School of Mortuary Science, he was president of the Tri County Funeral Directors Association.
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RUTH MARIE PAUL

February 14, 2020

RUTH MARIE PAUL of Williamsburg, KY died February 14, 2020 at the age of 84. A funeral director for 40 years, she and her husband, Carl Paul purchased Ellison Funeral Home in 1971 and continued to own and operate it until 2014.
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DONATO "DANNY" F. DELIBERATO

February 13, 2020

DONATO "DANNY" F. DELIBERATO of Garfield Heights, OH died February 13, 2020 at the age of 81. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he owned and operated the Golubski Deliberato Funeral Home since 1971. He was a member of the Cuyahoga Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association and the Cleveland Embalmers Association.
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LESTER GLENN WINTER

February 13, 2020

LESTER GLENN WINTER of Tallmadge, OH died February 13, 2020 at the age of 82. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he was a sales representative for the Dodge Chemical Company for 34 years. He retired in 2005.
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A. LEE RICHARDS

February 12, 2020

A. LEE RICHARDS of Jupiter, FL died February 12, 2020 at the age of 81. A fifth generation funeral director, he worked alongside his father and grandfather at the Richards Funeral Home in Riverdale. In 1972, he expanded the facility to include a second location in West Milford. A 1957 graduate of the McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, he was a member of the New Jersey State Funeral...
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WILLIAM C. CELENTANO , JR

February 11, 2020

WILLIAM C. CELENTANO JR of New Haven, CT died February 11, 2020 at the age of 81. A funeral di-rector and embalmer since 1963, he had worked closely with his father, the late William C. Celentano at the Celentano Funeral Home since 1957. A graduate of the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Greater New Haven Funeral Directors Association, Connecticut Funeral...
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WILLIAM CONAN "BILL" COYLE

February 11, 2020

WILLIAM CONAN "BILL" COYLE of Holland, OH died February 11, 2020 at the age of 86. A funeral director, he worked alongside his father, William, his uncle Jim, and brother Joe at the James Coyle and Son Funeral Home, eventually rising to the position of owner and president. Bill retired in 1999. A graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors...
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MARK L DAMES

February 8, 2020

MARK L. DAMES of Joliet, IL died February 8, 2020 at the age of 87. He worked alongside his father, Fred and brother, Joel at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home until his father's passing in 1962. His sons, Jeffrey, Brian and Fred continue the family's legacy. Mark remained involved in the business following his retirement in 2002. A graduate of the Worsham College of Mortuary Science, he was a 50...
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JEFFREY ALAN STOUT

February 7, 2020

JEFFREY ALAN STOUT of Russiaville, IN died February 7, 2020 at the age of 55. A fifth generation funeral director and embalmer, he was the owner and operator of Stout & Son Funeral Home in Russiaville, co-owner of Hasler-Stout Funeral Home in Greentown and was also co-owner of Shirley & Stout Funeral Homes in Kokomo. In 2010, he and Jeff Shirley opened S & S Crematory Services and later Howard...
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RICHARD WADE "RICK" PRIDGEN

February 7, 2020

RICHARD WADE "RICK" PRIDGEN of Goldsboro, NC died February 7, 2020 at the age of 62. He was a licensed funeral director with Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home for many years.
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NOE HAMMER

February 6, 2020

NOE HAMMER of West Haverstraw, NY formerly of New York, NY died February 6, 2020 at the age of 42. He was a licensed funeral director in both New York and New Jersey, having worked in every aspect of the funeral industry until his final role as general manager of T. J. McGowan Sons Funeral Home in Haverstraw and Garnerville. He graduated from the American Academy of McAllister Institute of...
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POPE COLEMAN LONG

February 6, 2020

POPE COLEMAN LONG of Greenwood, SC died February 6, 2020. A funeral director and embalmer for 50 years, he worked for Ramey Funeral Home, Sullivan-King Mortuary, and Blyth Funeral Home. A graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was named Piedmont Group Funeral Director of the Year in 2008 by the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association.
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SAMUEL LINTON TOLBERT

February 5, 2020

SAMUEL LINTON TOLBERT of Clarkesville, GA died February 5, 2020 at the age of 72. A graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science, in 1977, he and his wife, Martha, founded Hillside Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Clarkesville. He later developed a perpetual care cemetery, Hillside Gardens, adjacent to the funeral home. He served as president of the Independent Funeral Directors of Georgia...
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CORA MESSINGER

January 27, 2020

CORA MESSINGER of Scottsdale, AZ died January 27, 2020 at the age of 90. In 1959 Cora and her husband, Paul, founded Scottsdale's first funeral home, Messinger Mortuary & Chapel as well as the area's first commercial ambulance service, Messinger's Ambulance Service.
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JOHN C WOOD

January 26, 2020

JOHN C. WOOD of Seward, NE died January 26, 2020 at the age of 85. He worked as a funeral director and mortician alongside his father, Wilber, and his uncle, Faye, at the Wood Brothers Chapel and Funeral Home. He and his wife, Darlene became owners of the firm and continued to operate it until his retirement in 1998. Wood graduated from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science.
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PAUL T. LOCHSTAMPFOR

January 18, 2020

PAUL T. LOCHSTAMPFOR of Loysville, PA formerly of Waynesboro, PA died January 18, 2020 at the age of 56. A master embalmer and funeral director, he was the owner and operator of Lochstampfor Funeral Home in Waynesboro and Nickel-Lochstampfor Family Funeral Home in Loysville. Lochstampfor received his degree in funeral service from the Catonsville CCBC and was a member of the Tri-County Funeral...
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MARK G EIKENBERRY

January 17, 2020

MARK G. EIKENBERRY of Springboro, OH died January 17, 2020 at the age of 64. He retired in 2019 after working 43 years as a field rep for Federated Funeral Directors of America.
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MELISSA CAIN SHIRLEY

January 14, 2020

MELISSA CAIN SHIRLEY of Baton Rouge, LA died on January 14, 2020 at the age of 60. She was a location director with Church Funeral Services & Crematory in Baton Rouge and had served as managing director with Comer Funeral Home & Flower Shop in Ferriday, LA.
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SHERMAN CARL ROWLEY

January 13, 2020

SHERMAN CARL ROWLEY of Mt. Pleasant, MI died January 13, 2020 at the age of 67. He served his apprenticeship at Palmer-Bush Funeral Home in Lansing before joining Stinson-Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant in 1979. He purchased the business in 2010, renaming it Rowley Funeral Home. Rowley continued to own and operate the funeral home until his retirement in 2018, when his business merged with the...
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FRANK J RACHUBINSKI, JR

January 11, 2020

FRANK J. RACHUBINSKI JR of Philadelphia, PA died January 11, 2020 at the age of 89. He was a second generation funeral director and owner of Rachubinski Funeral Homes, Inc. He was one of the oldest, active supervisors in Pennsylvania with close to 70 years of service. He, along side of his son, Michael and grandson, Michael Jr., own and operate Rachubinski and Rogers Funeral Homes in Philadelphia...
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DEAN W. "DEANO" ROGERS

January 9, 2020

DEAN W. "DEANO" ROGERS of Trotwood and Brookville, OH died January 9, 2020 at the age of 68. A licensed funeral director for 45 years, he joined his father, Emerson "Lee" Rogers in the family business, Rogers' Funeral Homes. He retired in 2012. Rogers graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science.
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JEFFREY D WILSON

January 8, 2020

JEFFREY D. WILSON of Providence, RI died January 8, 2020 at the age of 65. A Certified Funeral Service Practitioner for 48 years, he was a funeral director and embalmer at the Nardolillo Funeral Homes in Cranston and Narragansett, RI for the past 23 years. He was president of the Rhode Island Funeral Directors Association and served on National Funeral Directors Association policy board.
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STEPHEN J BECKER

January 7, 2020

STEPHEN J. BECKER of Hamilton, OH died January 7, 2020at the age of 69. He was a retired sales representative in the funeral industry, having worked at Aurora Casket Company and Deaton Kennedy Stationary. He was president of the St. Stephens and St. Marys Cemetery board for 20 years.
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CHARLES A. "CAPPY" PERRY, JR

January 6, 2020

CHARLES A. "CAPPY" PERRY JR of Weare, NH formerly of Harvard, MA died January 6, 2020 at the age of 75. He served his apprenticeship with the former David Fudge & Son Funeral Home in Somerville, MA prior to working as a mortuary identification specialist during his tour in Vietnam. Following his retirement as Harvard, MA Chief of Police, Perry worked at the McGaffigan Family Funeral Home as a...
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LARRY PAUL MUIR

January 3, 2020

LARRY PAUL MUIR of Lapeer, MI died January 3, 2020 at the age of 82. A licensed funeral director for 60 years, he was a third generation owner and operator of Muir Brothers Funeral Home. He graduated in 1959 from Wayne State University with a degree in mortuary science.
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DAVID FRANCIS MASON

January 2, 2020

DAVID FRANCIS MASON of Akron, OH died January 2, 2020 at the age of 78. A funeral director for 36 years, he served his apprenticeship at a funeral home in Marshalltown, IA before he and his wife, Linda purchased funeral homes in Independence and Quasqueton, IA. They later purchased Parker Funeral Home in Jesup, IA, which they owned and operated for 10 years. In 1984, the Adams Funeral Home in...
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CHARLES J O'SHEA, JR

December 30, 2019

CHARLES J. O'SHEA JR of Point Lookout, NY died December 30, 2019 at the age of 85. A funeral director for more than a half-century, he was the founder of the Charles J. O'Shea Funeral Homes in East Meadow and Wantagh. He was also part owner in the Albrecht, Bruno, and O'Shea Funeral Home in East Islip. O'Shea served on the New York State Funeral Directing Advisory Board from 1974-2014 and was...
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WILLIAM F RUPP , JR

December 26, 2019

WILLIAM F. RUPP JR of Lancaster, PA died December 26, 2019 at the age of 92. He served his apprenticeship with the George N. Young Funeral Home in Lancaster. Rupp continued to work for the former Young Funeral Home as a funeral director for 30 years, retiring in 2005. A 1949 graduate of the Eckels College of Mortuary Science, he received his 50 year pin from the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors...
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RAYMOND V BRUNNER

December 25, 2019

RAYMOND V. BRUNNER of Lake County, OH died December 25, 2019 at the age of 93. A retired funeral director, he was the former owner of Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Mentor, which he opened alongside his wife, Helen in 1949. He previously worked at the former Nixon Funeral Home in Painesville and the Prentice Funeral Home in Akron. A graduate of the Cleveland College...
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SHERYL ANDERSON GREEN RIGGS

December 24, 2019

SHERYL ANDERSON GREEN RIGGS of Toledo, OH died December 24, 2019 at the age of 73. She was the manager of the Dale-Riggs Funeral Home in Central Toledo, where she had worked since 1992. She previously worked as a funeral director in the late 1980s through the early 1990s at Dale-Riggs' James H. Cole and Peace Chapel and at Peace Chapel Funeral Home, both in Detroit. Prior to that, she owned and...
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HARRY CLARKE "DUKE" CURTIS

December 23, 2019

HARRY CLARKE "DUKE" CURTIS of Roanoke, VA died December 23, 2019 at the age of 63. He was the former president of the Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home and Crematory, which his father, Harry Cecil Curtis, founded in 1952 alongside Lawrence Harrison Hamlar. He worked at the funeral home for more than 35 years and served as its president for 16 years. He retired in 2019. Duke was president of the Virginia...
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JESSIE ALENOR "PATSY" YOUNG

December 20, 2019

JESSIE ALENOR "PATSY" YOUNG of Auburn, KY died December 20, 2019 at the age of 92. She was a licensed funeral director and co-owner of Young Funeral Home, which she established alongside her husband, Joseph Perry Young, Sr. in 1959.
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GEORGE G. MOELLER

December 19, 2019

GEORGE G. MOELLER of Valparaiso, IN died December 19, 2019 at the age of 92. He was a licensed funeral director and owner of Moeller Funeral Home in Valparaiso. He graduated from the St. Louis College of Mortuary Science in 1949.
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THOMAS "TOM" SAWYER

December 16, 2019

THOMAS "TOM" SAWYER of Belleville, IL died December 16, 2019 at the age of 80. A retired deputy coroner for St. Clair County, he was co-owner of Sawyer Ambulance and Livery Service since 1967. Sawyer worked alongside his son and grandsons in operating the family business and was a member of the St. Clair County Funeral Directors Association.
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MYRON D. "MIKE ERICSON

December 12, 2019

MYRON D. "MIKE" ERICSON of Fremont, OH died December 12, 2019 at the age of 89. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for 36 years, he served 25 years with Service Corporation International, retiring in 1992. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1956.
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E. HAAS GALLAWAY , JR

December 11, 2019

E. HAAS GALLAWAY JR of Boynton Beach, FL died December 11, 2019 at the age of 79. Gallaway began working at Gallaway and Crane Funeral Home as a young boy, working alongside his father learning the trade. Gallaway later purchased the funeral home from his father and Mr. Crane and continued to serve his community until his retirement in 2012. He graduated from the American Academy McAllister...
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JOHN RYLAND GARRETT

December 8, 2019

JOHN RYLAND GARRETT of Appomattox, VA died December 8, 2019 at the age of 83. A Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, he worked at Robinson Funeral Home and later the Whitten Funeral Home. Garrett had been a sales representative for the Dodge Company for over 30 years. A graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the British Institute of Embalmers, Academy of...
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RICHARD C ARMSTRONG

December 8, 2019

RICHARD C. ARMSTRONG of Seville, OH died December 8, 2019 at the age of 76. He preceded his father and grandfather in owning and operating the Armstrong Funeral Home for a combined total of over 100 years. Armstrong was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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SHIRLEY P GRAUMLICH

December 7, 2019

SHIRLEY P. GRAUMLICH of Worthington, OH died December 7, 2019 at the age of 84. A funeral director for more than fifty years, she was the owner and president of Graumlich Funeral Home. She was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, Central Ohio Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.
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NEIL GRANT MACKENZIE

December 5, 2019

NEIL GRANT MACKENZIE of Springfield, MA died December 5, 2019 at the age of 73. He worked alongside his parents in his family's business, MacKenzie Vault, Inc. He owned and operated the business for thirty years, proudly working alongside his son, Scott, until his retirement.
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