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JAMES EGAN "JIM" ABBOTT

November 19, 2020

JAMES EGAN "JIM" ABBOTT of Wabasha, MN died November 19, 2020 at the age of 67. A funeral director, he worked for Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin, and Adams Funeral Home in Adam from 1978 until moving to Wabasha in 1989, when he purchased his father's business, Abbott Funeral Home and Abbott Furniture. Jim sold the businesses in 2018 and continued to work on a part-time basis with the new owner,...
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JAMES "JIM" G. WIDDOES

November 9, 2020

JAMES "JIM" G. WIDDOES of Fortuna, CA died November 9, 2020 at the age of 83. A 1961 graduate of the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science, he has been active in the funeral business since 1958. Widdoes was co-owner and manager of Goble's For-tuna Mortuary since 1970. In 2004 he became partners with his son, Marc and son-in-law, Tom Howe until retirement and the sale of the mortuary in 2014.
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AUBREY E FIFE

November 8, 2020

AUBREY E FIFE of Junction, TX died November 8, 2020 at the age of 98. He served his apprenticeship in Lubbock before moving to Burnet, TX to begin his career as a funeral director. Fife operated Hodges Funeral Home in Junction for several years before purchasing it in 1961. He continued to own and operate Aubrey Fife Funerals for fifty years. Fife attended mortuary school in Houston, and served...
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RAYMOND G. PARKER, JR

November 7, 2020

RAYMOND G. PARKER JR of West Frankfort, IL died November 7, 2020 at the age of 74. He purchased the Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort and operated it as Parker-Reedy Funeral Home until his retirement in 2007.
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JOHN C. "SKEEPIE" SCARBOROUGH III

November 7, 2020

JOHN C. "SKEEPIE" SCARBOROUGH III of Durham, NC died November 7, 2020 at the age of 83. A fourth-generation funeral director for over 60 years, he was CEO and president of the Scarborough & Hargett Celebration of Life Center, Inc. A graduate of the Eckels College of Mortuary Science, he was president of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association in 1982 and in 1968, he became the...
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JAMES STEPHEN BRENNAN

November 7, 2020

JAMES STEPHEN BRENNAN of North Attleboro, MA died November 7, 2020 at the age of 84. He joined his father and uncle in the Jeweled Cross Company in North Attleboro, and later became president and sole operator until retirement.
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WILLIE LEE GRANGER

November 3, 2020

WILLIE LEE GRANGER of Muskogee, TX died November 3, 2020 at the age of 74. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he operated Granger Funeral Home and Evening Spring Funeral Chapel until his retirement. Granger graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1978.
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DAVID ANTHONY "TONY" KARSNIA

November 2, 2020

DAVID ANTHONY "TONY" KARSNIA of East Bethel, MN died November 2, 2020 at the age of 49. He worked for United Coach and Johnson-Williams Funeral Car Service in Minneapolis for several years before becoming the business manager of Spielman Mortuary in St. Paul. In 2013, Tony earned his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in mortuary science from the University of Minnesota. Since then, he has...
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KENNETH "KENNY" LEE WEAVER

October 27, 2020

KENNETH "KENNY" LEE WEAVER of Houston, MS died October 27, 2020 at the age of 65. He worked at Houston Funeral Home since 2005 as a funeral director and licensed insurance agent.
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THEODORE JOHN WIGGER

October 22, 2020

THEODORE JOHN WIGGER of Napa, CA died October 22, 2020 at the age of 70. He joined his family's firm, Treadway and Wigger Funeral Chapel as a licensed funeral director. His brother, Henry "Bud" Wigger Jr, also a licensed funeral director, died October 24, 2020.
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DONALD VINCENT KUMIN

October 22, 2020

DONALD VINCENT KUMIN of Delray Beach, FL formerly of Cleveland, OH, died October 22, 2020 at the age of 91. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Mortuary Science, he was a funeral director for over 50 years and was the founder of Berkowitz-Kumin Memorial Chapel in Cleveland.
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CLIFFORD ANDREW "ANDY" CRANDALL II

October 15, 2020

CLIFFORD ANDREW "ANDY" CRANDALL II of Mauston, WI died October 15, 2020 at the age of 72. A graduate of the Minneapolis School of Mortuary Science, he joined his family business as a third-generation funeral director and owner of Crandall Funeral Home, Inc. He worked with that business until health issues required his retirement.
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HARRISON BRADLEY JOHNSON, JR

October 15, 2020

HARRISON BRADLEY JOHNSON JR of El Paso, TX died October 15, 2020 at the age of 65. He worked as a licensed funeral director, mortician and embalmer for over 40 years, having spent the last five years at Perches Funeral Home. Johnson graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service.
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DAVID CALLOWAY ROSS, JR

October 14, 2020

DAVID CALLOWAY ROSS JR of Montgomery, AL died October 14, 2020 at the age of 72. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he was president of the Ross-Clayton Funeral Home. A graduate of the Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science, he served two terms on the Alabama Board of Funeral Service and was a member of the National Funeral Di-rectors and Morticians Association, Alabama Funeral Directors...
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CAROL JEAN CODY "BELOVED AC"

October 13, 2020

CAROL JEAN CODY "BELOVED AC" of Lawton, OK died October 13, 2020 at the age of 52. A graduate of the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, she was a funeral director at Comanche Nation Funeral Home.
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JAMES BELFORD "MOE" JOHNSON, JR

October 12, 2020

JAMES BELFORD "MOE" JOHNSON JR of Shelbyville, TN died October 12, 2020 at the age of 77. A licensed funeral director, he completed his apprentice at the Doak-Howell Funeral Home, where he continued to work long after his health declined.
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EARL L. "BUCK" WENDT III

October 10, 2020

EARL L. "BUCK" WENDT III of Moline, IL died October 10, 2020 at the age of 83. A graduate of the Worsham College of Mortuary Science, he was employed as a funeral director for his father, Earl Wendt Sr and uncle, Richard Wendt at the Wendt Brothers Funeral Home. After the death of his father, he became part owner with his uncle and brothers until his uncle's retirement in 1985 at which time he...
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LEWIS R TAYLOR

October 10, 2020

LEWIS R. TAYLOR of Amanda, OH died October 10, 2020 at the age of 84. A retired funeral director, he served his apprenticeship with Cook & Son Funeral Home in Columbus. He and his wife, Eleanor purchased the VanCleve Funeral Home in Amanda in 1959 and renamed it Taylor Funeral Home. For many years, Taylor along with the help of his friends, ran an emergency service from the funeral home until...
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BERNARD RODOLPH FIELDING, SR

October 10, 2020

BERNARD RODOLPH FIELDING SR of Charles-ton, SC died October 10, 2020 at the age of 88. A licensed funeral director, he worked alongside his wife, Conchita Lawson Fielding, as president of the Fielding Home for Funerals, which was established by his mother, Sadie Emma Gaillard Fielding and his grandmother Felicia Fielding Goodwin in 1914. A member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc and the...
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JESSEE JAMES "JESS" JOHNSON, JR

October 8, 2020

JESSEE JAMES "JESS" JOHNSON JR of Castle-wood, VA died October 8, 2020 at the age of 76. A funeral director since 1970, he began working part-time at Huff-Cook Funeral Home in St. Paul in 1964. In 1965, he worked full time for the funeral home, where he remained until the end of 1990.
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PERNEL JONES, SR

October 6, 2020

PERNEL JONES SR of Cleveland, OH died October 6, 2020 at the age of 79. He began his career as a funeral director working alongside his brother, Mar-shall W. Jones Jr, at the Marshall W. Jones Jr Funeral Home in Baltimore. In 1973, he established the Pernel Jones Funeral Home in Cleveland, renaming it The Pernel Jones & Sons Funeral Home in 1998 after his two sons joined the business. Jones...
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GARY VANN FLOWERS

October 6, 2020

GARY VANN FLOWERS of Terrell, TX died October 6, 2020 at the age of 68. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for 40 years, he began his career with Anderson Clayton-Bros Funeral Home in Terrell before working with several other funeral homes. In 2001, Flowers opened his own business where he served funeral homes throughout Texas and the surrounding states with their transportation and...
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MICHAEL ERNEST MAYFIELD

October 3, 2020

MICHAEL ERNEST MAYFIELD of Swartz Creek, MI died October 3, 2020 at the age of 58. He worked in advanced funeral planning with funeral homes for many years. Beginning his career with Sharp Funeral Homes and most recently as vice president and sales director for Heritage Funeral Homes and Cemeteries in Tennessee.
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WARREN L WACHHOLZ

September 29, 2020

WARREN L. WACHHOLZ of Princeton, WI died September 29, 2020 at the age of 82. A third genera-tion funeral director, he began working alongside his father, Herbert Sr and brother, Herbert Wachholz Jr at the Wachholz and Sons Funeral Home in Prince-ton in 1959. Warren and his brother purchased the Krause Funeral Home in Markesan in 1974 and were involved in the former Hardell-Wachholz Funeral Home...
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RICHARD J HARMON

September 26, 2020

RICHARD J. HARMON of Wales, ME died September 26, 2020 at the age of 53. A licensed funeral director, he was the owner and operator of the Ames-bury, White and Harmon Funeral Home. He earned his degree in mortuary science from Mt. Ida College.
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MARILYN K. ST. HILAIRE

September 25, 2020

MARILYN K. ST. HILAIRE of Mantua, OH died September 25, 2020 at the age of 55. In 2003 she became associated with the Green Family Funeral Home & Crematory Service in Mantua, and later served as manager and vice president.
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DANIEL C RIPEPI

September 24, 2020

DANIEL C. RIPEPI of Cleveland, OH died September 24, 2020 at the age of 62. A licensed funeral director and pre-need counselor, he was vice president of A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Home. A 1981 graduate of the University of Akron, he was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, Cuyahoga County Funeral Directors Association and the Embalmers Association of Cleveland.
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MARY F. WASINGER

September 23, 2020

MARY F. WASINGER of Ellis, KS died September 23, 2020at the age of 76. A retired funeral director, she and her husband, Dale W. Wasinger, purchased the Johnson Funeral Home in 1975. It later became known as the Wasinger Funeral Chapel, which she owned for 30 years.
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RONALD M SIMS

September 23, 2020

RONALD M. SIMS of Talladega, AL died September 23, 2020 at the age of 71. He was the co-owner of Sims Funeral Service.
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ARTHUR EUGENE "GENE" GRIER, JR

September 22, 2020

ARTHUR EUGENE "GENE" GRIER JR of Charlotte, NC died September 22, 2020 at the age of 77. A third generation funeral director, he established the A. E. Grier & Sons Funeral and Cremation, LLC alongside sons, Arthur E. Grier, II and Allen E. Grier. He continued to own and operate it until his retirement. A 1969 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was vice president of the Fu...
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LAMAR KERMIT "MOTT" WATKINS

September 20, 2020

LAMAR KERMIT "MOTT" WATKINS of Forest, MS died September 20, 2020 at the age of 90. He was a funeral director for over 50 years and retired from Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Forest. Watkins was recognized by the Mississippi Funeral Directors Association with his 50-year plaque.
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GREGORY HAROLD "GREGG" HAMPTON

September 5, 2020

GREGORY HAROLD "GREGG" HAMPTON of Boone, NC died September 5, 2020 at the age of 61. A licensed funeral director for over 40 years, he was vice president of Hampton Funeral Service, which was established by his parents, Barney and Tommie Hampton in 1974.
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BERNARD "BUD" S. SKAJA, SR

August 30, 2020

BERNARD "BUD" S. SKAJA SR of Park Ridge, IL died August 30, 2020 at the age of 89. A 1951 graduate of the Worsham College of Mortuary Science, he was a funeral director and a senior partner at Skaja Terrace Funeral Homes of Niles.
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MARY REBECCA "BECKY" KAPPEL

August 29, 2020

MARY REBECCA "BECKY" KAPPEL of Lebanon Junction, KY died August 29, 2020 at the age of 72. A retired funeral director and embalmer, she worked alongside her husband, Tommy in co-owning the Kappel Funeral Homes in Lebanon Junction and Boston for nearly 34 years. A 1990 graduate of the Mid-America College of Funeral Service, she was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and served...
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MARY S DILLEY

August 28, 2020

MARY S. DILLEY of Flemingsburg, KY died August 28, 2020 at the age of 81. She worked alongside her husband, Pete Dilley, as a funeral director and co-owner of the Harris-Dilley Funeral Home in Bladensburg and North-Dilley Funeral Home in Mount Vernon.
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LEWIS HUNTER WARNER

August 27, 2020

LEWIS HUNTER WARNER of Winston Salem, NC died August 27, 2020 at the age of 76. A licensed funeral director for forty-eight years, he had a lifelong career as a funeral director at Vogler's Funeral Home, now known as Salem Funeral Home.
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JANICE L EARL

August 26, 2020

JANICE L. EARL of Forsyth, IL died August 26, 2020 at the age of 46. She worked as a receptionist at the Brintlinger & Earl Funeral Home in Decatur for the past twenty-three years. A spokesperson for Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network, she served on the convention committee of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association and was the former chairperson.
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THOMAS F VERDI

August 26, 2020

THOMAS F. VERDI of Pulaski, PA died August 26, 2020 at the age of 54. A graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, he worked as a licensed funeral director and pre-need manager of the Noga Funeral Home Inc for the past year.
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LARRY DEAN MORRISON

August 22, 2020

LARRY DEAN MORRISON of Lexington, NC died Au-gust 22, 2020 at the age of 75. He began his career in funeral service as a teenager at Piedmont Funeral Home in Lexington, as an ambulance attendant. He later became president of the firm. For four decades, Morrison served as co-owner, corporate secretary and general manager of Davidson Funeral Home. A graduate of the John A. Gupton College of Funeral...
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CHARLES "CHARLIE" H. VORNHOLT

August 19, 2020

CHARLES "CHARLIE" H. VORNHOLT of New Bremen, OH died August 19, 2020 at the age of 95. A retired funeral director, he owned and operated the Vornholt Funeral Homes in New Bremen and New Knoxville for thirty eight years. He spent several years directing funerals with Miller Funeral Homes in Saint Marys and Knoxville. A 1948 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of...
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WILLIAM PENN TROY , SR

August 15, 2020

WILLIAM PENN TROY SR of Mullins, SC died August 15, 2020 at the age of 76. He served his apprenticeship with Foxworth Funeral Home in Mullins before establishing Troy's Funeral Home. In 1988 he expanded his services to Loris, SC where he opened the doors to Legette-Troy's Funeral Home. Troy held a funeral directors license in North and South Carolina and was Governor of the South Carolina...
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WANDA FERN THOMAS

August 14, 2020

WANDA FERN THOMAS of Miami, OK died August 14, 2020 at the age of 96. A licensed funeral director for 65 years, she worked alongside her husband William Paul Thomas at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Picher, which they established in 1948. A second location in Miami was opened in 1991 and in 2005 the Commerce location was established. Thomas was a 50-year member of the Oklahoma Funeral Directors...
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TODD J. KENDRICK

August 9, 2020

TODD J. KENDRICK of Atlanta, MI died August 9, 2020 at the age of 45. A licensed funeral director since 1998, he served families of Montgomery County alongside his dad, Russell Kendrick at the Green Funeral Home. Upon his dad's retirement in 2007, Todd obtained ownership of the firm. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in mortuary science from the Wayne State University in 1977.
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JOHN ANDREW COWAN

August 8, 2020

JOHN ANDREW COWAN of Van Wert, OH died Au-gust 8, 2020 at the age of 47. A graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a funeral director with Cowan & Son Funeral Home for twenty-two years.
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FRANK R. PISARSKI , SR

August 4, 2020

FRANK R. PISARSKI SR of Stevens Point, WI died August 14, 2020 at the age of 88. He began working as a funeral director at his parents firm, Pisarski & Sons Funeral Home in Roseland. In 1973 he purchased the former Dzikoski Funeral Home in Stevens Point, renamed it Pisarski Funeral Homes. He continued to own and operate the business until his sons Frank Jr and David purchased it in 1999. Pisarski...
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JOHN L. FREUND

August 4, 2020

JOHN L. FREUND of Marengo, IL died August 4, 2020at the age of 70. A funeral director, he apprenticed with George R. Justen & Son Funeral Home before working at the Warner & Flagg Funeral Home in Crystal Lake. He owned and operated the Freund Funeral Home in Wonder Lake from 1978-1983. He purchased Cooper Funeral Home in Marengo and then formed Marengo-Union Funeral Home. In 1992 Freund purchased...
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CYNTHIA MESSINA

August 1, 2020

CYNTHIA MESSINA of Coral Springs, FL died August 1, 2020 at the age of 58. Originally from Cleveland, OH, Cindy moved to Florida for a career with SCI. A funeral director for 35 years, she was the manager at Kraeer Funeral Home in Coral Springs. She was a graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
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JAMES W PIRKLE

July 29, 2020

JAMES W. PIRKLE of Washington, IN died July 29, 2020 at the age of 85. In1957 he joined the Gill Brothers as funeral director/mortician and upon their retirement in 1974, Pirkle assumed ownership of the firm. He owned and operated it alongside his wife, Margaret for over fifty years. He graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science.
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EDWARD "ED" GILLAR

July 29, 2020

EDWARD "ED" GILLAR of Bryan, TX died July 29, 2020 at the age of 84. A licensed funeral director and mortician for over fifty-four years, he worked at Hillier Funeral Home and later Memorial Funeral Chapel. A Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service, he was a member of the Mt. Calvary Cemetery board.
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KRYAN "KY" MILLER

July 28, 2020

KRYAN "KY" MILLER of Hermiston, OR died July 28, 2020 at the age of 74. In 1972 he began working for Wilson Funeral Home in Midland and later served as manager. Miller became the sole shareholder in 1987 and renamed it Wilson Miller Funeral Home. He then moved operations from Ashman Street to its current location on Saginaw Road, which is where he lived with his dogs until he moved to Oregon. He...
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LOIS P VILLASEÑOR

July 28, 2020

LOIS P. VILLASEÑOR of Austin, TX died July 28, 2020 at the age of 87. A funeral director for over 40 years, she was the founder and owner of Mission Funeral Home. A 1961 graduate of the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service, she was the first Hispanic woman to serve on the Texas Funeral Service commission as a 1989 appointee. Villaseñor served six years before being asked to serve as the...
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PATRICK HANCOCK

July 25, 2020

PATRICK HANCOCK of Batesville, AR died July 25, 2020 at the age of 80. He was a licensed funeral director for almost thirty years.
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STEVEN MITCHELL DOBBS

July 23, 2020

STEVEN MITCHELL DOBBS of Silsbee, TX died July 23, 2020at the age of 59. He was a funeral director and embalmer in Texas for twelve years, having served Farmer Funeral Home. He graduated from the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service.
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JOHN EVERETT THOMASSON

July 22, 2020

JOHN EVERETT THOMASSON of Louisa, VA died July 22, 2020 at the age of 98. He founded Thomasson Funeral Home in 1951 and later expanded in Fork Union, VA in 1996. Thomasson operated both locations for 53 years. A 1948 graduate of Eckels College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Richmond Funeral Directors Association and the Virginia Morticians' Association, where he was honored as the...
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H. E. SHELTON

July 18, 2020

H. E. SHELTON of Marietta, GA died July 18, 2020 at the age of 85. He attended mortuary school in Atlanta before purchasing the Hanley Company Funeral Home. He continued to own and operate the Hanley-Shelton Funeral Home for 51 years.
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ANITA A FLOWERS

July 18, 2020

ANITA A. FLOWERS of Dublin, OH died July 18, 2020 at the age of 92. She worked alongside her husband, Frank, in owning and operating the Flowers Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, OH from 1959 to 1981.
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WILLIAM LYVONE "LOWBOY" THORNTON

July 18, 2020

WILLIAM LYVONE "LOWBOY" THORNTON of Bono, AR died July 18, 2020 at the age of 75. A licensed funeral director and minister, he worked at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home for twelve years.
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MARY MARGARET ROEDER TRISKA

July 18, 2020

MARY MARGARET ROEDER TRISKA of El Campo, TX died July 18, 2020 at the age of 95. A retired funeral director, she was the former owner of Triska Funeral Home.
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GEORGE ONDRICK

July 17, 2020

GEORGE ONDRICK of Clarks Summit, PA died July 17, 2020 at the age of 88. He served the funeral profession for more than sixty years as a funeral director and as a representative for embalming suppliers. Ondrick formerly owned a funeral home in Clarks Green and later assisted area funeral directors. A graduate of the Simmons Institute of Funeral Service, he was a member of the Lackawanna County...
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DAVID F. "SCOTTIE" ERNST , JR

July 14, 2020

DAVID F. "SCOTTIE" ERNST JR of Standford, KY died July 14, 2020 at the age of 61. A 1982 graduate of the Mid-America College of Funeral Service, he was part owner of Fox Funeral Home and Barnett & Demrow Funeral Homes in Lincoln County before serving the past 18 years at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home in Lexington as a licensed funeral director. Scottie was deputy coroner for Lincoln County for...
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WILLIAM G. "BILL" BAKER

July 12, 2020

WILLIAM G. "BILL" BAKER of Arlington, TX died July 12, 2020 at the age of 85. He served in the funeral business for over 55 years and was the managing director of Arlington Funeral Home for many years. A graduate of the John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science, Bill tenured as president of the North Texas Funeral Directors Association as well as the Texas Funeral Directors Board in Austin and...
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DAVID N HEALD

July 9, 2020

DAVID N. HEALD of Holly Hill, FL, formerly of Springvale, ME died July 9, 2020 at the age of 71. A funeral director for 33 years, he worked alongside his father, James Heald at Heald Funeral Home. David assumed ownership of the firm in 1982 and in 2005 the business was sold. He partnered with Richard Shaw to form Maine Biomedical Service, the first and only licensed medical waste incinerator in...
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RICHARD C. "RICK" MATTHEWS

July 8, 2020

RICHARD C. "RICK" MATTHEWS of Darlington, SC died July 8, 2020 at the age of 66. A graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College, he was a li-censed funeral director at Kistler Funeral Home.
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WILLIAM "SONNY" HOWARD DOVE

July 6, 2020

WILLIAM "SONNY" HOWARD DOVE of New Bern, NC died July 6, 2020 at the age of 76. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he completed his internship at Oscar's Mortuary, which was founded by his father, Oscar Dove in 1960. Sonny and his two sisters, Dorothy and Eileen Dove, took over the business in 2010 upon the death of their mother, Grace Dove. He was president of the firm until the time of...
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ANTHONY E. "TONY" KULFAN

July 5, 2020

ANTHONY E. "TONY" KULFAN of Zelienople, PA died July 5, 2020 at the age of 81. In his time as a funeral director, he worked around the clock driving ambulance and providing services and was known for his meticulous work and attention to detail.
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RENE V. SCHOATS

July 5, 2020

RENE V. SCHOATS of Muskogee, OK died July 5, 2020 at the age of 75. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 50 years, he worked under David Winn I at the House of Winn Funeral Home in Muskogee at the time of his death. He graduated from the Worsham College of Mortuary Science.
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JOHN "BUBBA" BENTON WOODFIN

July 4, 2020

JOHN "BUBBA" BENTON WOODFIN of Murfreesboro, TN died July 4, 2020 at the age of 85. He was a fourth generation funeral director at Woodfin Funeral Chapel, which was established by his great-grandfather in 1893. A 1957 graduate of the John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science, he served as president of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association in 1974-1975 and was a former officer with National...
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SHIRLEY G. HAASE

July 4, 2020

SHIRLEY G. HAASE of Genoa City, WI died July 4, 2020 at the age of 92. She worked alongside her hus-band, David E. Haase in owning and operating the Haase Funeral Home for many years.
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EDGAR T. MILLER

July 1, 2020

EDGAR T. MILLER of Memphis, TN died July 1, 2020 at the age of 68. A lifelong funeral director, he began assisting his father at the old Hayes Funeral Home. He later joined the N. J. Ford and Sons Funeral Home, where he worked in all aspects of the business, most recently as the chief operating officer.
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JIMMIE DALE "JIM" FOHN

June 29, 2020

JIMMIE DALE "JIM" FOHN of Cassville, MO died June 29, 2020 at the age of 71. A 1970 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he worked for Hedges Funeral Home in Camdenton before purchasing the Foster Memorial Home in Kirksville. While in Kirksville he became Adair County Coroner and served until the end of 1989, when he sold that funeral home. In 1990, Jim purchased the Axley...
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ALEXANDER JAN SCOTT

June 29, 2020

ALEXANDER JAN SCOTT of Avon, CT died June 29, 2020 at the age of 48. A funeral director for 25 years, he was director of public relations at the Duksa Family Funeral Homes (Newington Memorial and Burritt Hill). A graduate of the Simmons Institute of Funeral Service, he was a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, a Certified Pre-planning Consultant and a Certified Cremation Services Provider....
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BETTY LOU JANUSZ

June 27, 2020

BETTY LOU JANUSZ of Orland Park, FL died June 27, 2020 at the age of 83. A licensed funeral director with 40 years of dedicated service, she was the founder and owner of the Thornridge Funeral Homes in Dolton/South Holland, IL and Orland Park, FL for over 47 years. Januza graduated from the Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1975.
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LOREN BENNER "BENNY" MUCKELROY

June 26, 2020

LOREN BENNER "BENNY" MUCKELROY of Frankfort, KY died June 26, 2020 at the age of 81. A graduate of the SIU Embalming School, he was a funeral director at Norris and Sons Funeral Home in Jonesboro for several years.
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ALBERT A OPACITY

June 24, 2020

ALBERT A. OPACITY of Lyndhurst, NJ died June 24, 2020 at the age of 69. A licensed New Jersey and New York funeral director, he owned and operated the Opacity Funeral Home in Kenilworth alongside his wife, Ida for the past twenty years. A graduate of the John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science, he was an adjunct professor of mortuary science at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor,...
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ROBERT J DUTCAVICH

June 23, 2020

ROBERT J. DUTCAVICH of Lock Haven, PA died June 23, 2020 at the age of 81. He was a licensed funeral director at several funeral homes in New York City before moving to Lock Haven to work at the Patrick R. Moriarity Funeral Home. In 1985, he and his wife, Antonia purchased the business from Patrick and Veronica Moriarity. Upon his retirement in 2002, Dutcavich was associated with the Yost-Gedon...
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FRANK GUBBIOTTI

June 22, 2020

FRANK GUBBIOTTI of Exeter, PA died June 22, 2020 at the age of 29. He followed the footsteps of his grandparents, the late Frank A. and Rose Gubbiotti, and his aunt, Marilyn A. Gubbiotti as a third generation funeral director at Gubbiotti Funeral Home LLC. He graduated from the funeral service program at Northampton Community College in 2012 and was a member of the National Funeral Directors...
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WILLIAM "BILL" FREDERIC ALLNUT

June 22, 2020

WILLIAM "BILL" FREDERIC ALLNUT of Greeley, CO died June 22, 2020 at the age of 89. In 1956 he joined his father, John Wolfenden Allnut and brother, Jack Allnut in the family business, Allnut Funeral Service -Macy Chapel as a funeral director, mentor and advisor. A 1952 graduate of the University of Colorado, he served one year as president of the National Selected Morticians.
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JOHN N SCHNURRENBERGER

June 21, 2020

JOHN N. SCHNURRENBERGER of West Mansfield, OH died June 21, 2020 at the age of 92. A licensed funeral director for over fifty years, he owned and operated Schnurrenberger Funeral Home with wife, Marie for 25 years. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, where he served as class president.
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GENE LAZUTA

June 20, 2020

GENE LAZUTA of Sedona, AZ formerly of Parma, OH died June 20, 2020 at the age of 85. He was the former co-owner of Kolodiy-Lazuta Funeral Home.
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DAVID OTTO SCHOENFELD

June 20, 2020

DAVID OTTO SCHOENFELD of Beloit, WI died June 20, 2020 at the age of 83. He worked as a funeral director and owner until 1972 at his family's firm. For 32 years, he and his wife, Joan, owned and operated the Schoenfeld Mortuary in Hot Sulphur Springs, CO. For 30 years Dave was elected and served as county coroner. He was past president of the International Coroners Association and the Colorado...
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WILLIAM "BILL" MILES DOUGLAS

June 18, 2020

WILLIAM "BILL" MILES DOUGLAS of Cleveland, TX died June 18, 2020 at the age of 83. He was a funeral director at Neal Funeral Home from 2005 to present. He previously owned and operated Escort Embalming Service in Houston, worked at Pace Stancil Funeral Home and Service Corporation International for several years and had operated Tri-county Funeral Home, which later became known as Probst Funeral...
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ROBERT LEE SPENCER

June 18, 2020

ROBERT LEE SPENCER of Harpers Ferry, WV died June 18, 2020 at the age of 75. A funeral director for over fifty years, he was the owner and operator of Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home from 1989 until his death. He graduated from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Mortuary Science.
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ARVEL L. "ELO" CHEEK

June 17, 2020

ARVEL L. "ELO" CHEEK of Oxford, AL died June 17, 2020 at the age of 86. In 1954, he began working in the casket industry at Wallace Metal Products in Richmond, IN before being transferring to the Wallace Plant in Anniston, AL in 1971. In 1982 he founded Coldwater Casket Company, which later became Southern Heritage Casket. Cheek operated the business alongside his sons, Rick and Jeff and his wife...
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JACKSON "JACK" O. BURDEN

June 15, 2020

JACKSON "JACK" O. BURDEN of Naples, FL, formerly of Wallkill, NY died June 15, 2020 at the age of 95. A funeral director, he was the former owner of Wallkill Funeral Home in Wallkill from 1973 to 1991.
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CLARK S. BROWN, JR

June 15, 2020

CLARK S. BROWN JR of Winston-Salem, NC died June 15, 2020 at the age of 81. He obtained his embalmer's license in 1961 and joined his father, Clark S. Brown Sr., at the Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home. He continued to oversee all embalming operations after he retired six years ago.
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NORMAN I. "DIGGER" ROTH

June 10, 2020

NORMAN I. "DIGGER" ROTH of St. Louis, MO died June 10, 2020 at the age of 75. He was a fourth generation funeral director, president and owner of the Rindskopf-Roth Funeral Chapel, which he acquired upon the sudden death of his father at the age of 19. Roth semi-retired, but maintained an active role in the management of the funeral chapel. He was a member of the New Mt. Sinai Cemetery...
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EDWARD "EDDIE" D. BROWN II

June 7, 2020

EDWARD "EDDIE" D. BROWN II of Hopkinsville, KY died June 7, 2020 at the age of 54. A funeral director and embalmer, he had worked under Edward W. Babbage at Babbage Funeral Home for 20 years. The funeral home went through several owners after Babbage died in 1997 and was renamed Redd and Brown Funeral Home in 2017, which Brown co-owned. He was also a partner at Franklin Funeral Directors. A...
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BERTRAND E. BRYANT

June 3, 2020

BERTRAND E. BRYANT of Berlin, NH died June 3, 2020 at the age of 89. A funeral director and embalmer for 60 years, he owned and operated Bryant Funeral Home in Colebrook for several years prior to moving to Berlin in 1966 when he purchased the Parker & Holmes Funeral Home. He later opened a chapel in Gorham, operating both locations as Bryant Funeral Homes until his retirement. A graduate of the...
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JOEL ROBERT VANDEMORE

May 31, 2020

JOEL ROBERT VANDEMORE of Geneseo, formerly of Atkinson, IL died May 31, 2020 at the age of 52. A second generation funeral director, he owned and operated Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory alongside his wife, Janel. He was a graduate of the Worsham College of Mortuary Science.
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STEVEN CRAIG HART

May 29, 2020

STEVEN CRAIG HART of Emporia, KS died May 29, 2020 at the age of 60. He was a funeral director and embalmer at Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home since 1983. Hart was a member of the Kansas Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.
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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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ARTHUR JOE REID, JR

May 27, 2020

ARTHUR JOE REID JR of Milwaukee, WI died May 27, 2020 at the age of 82. In 1981 he co-founded Reid and Yandell Funeral Home, which became Golden Gate Funeral Home in 1986. In 1993, the name changed to The New Golden Gate Funeral Home. He became sole owner and operator of Reid's New Golden Gate Funeral Home in 2008 and in 2012 a second location was added in Racine. A third location was later...
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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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H. PAGE MELSON

May 21, 2020

H. PAGE MELSON of Harbeson, DE, formerly of Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, DE died May 21, 2020 at the age of 85. A retired funeral director, he owned and operated the Page Melson Funeral Home in Rehoboth Beach for many years. He was a graduate of from the Eckels College of Mortuary Science.
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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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