Our Obituaries

ALFRED J. "FRED"/"AJ" MENARD III

February 28, 2014

ALFRED J. "FRED"/"AJ" MENARD III of South Yarmouth, MA died February 28, 2014 at the age of 80. He was a second generation funeral director at Menard Funeral Home, now known as the Menard-Lacoture Funeral Home, where he worked alongside his late father who founded the firm in Manville, RI in 1935. In 1956, they expanded their firm to include a branch in Woonsocket, RI. He continued to serve...
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DARCIE D. SIMS

February 27, 2014

DARCIE D. SIMS, PhD., CHT, CT, GMS of Puyallup, WA died February 27, 2014 at her home. She was a grief management specialist, a nationally certified thanatologist, a certified pastoral bereavement specialist, a licensed psychotherapist and hypnotherapist and president and co-founder of Grief, Inc. She was the director of the American Grief Academy® and also the director of training and...
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THOMAS LARRY "TOMMY" HOLCOMBE

February 23, 2014

THOMAS LARRY "TOMMY" HOLCOMBE of Easley, SC died February 23, 2014 at the age of 66. He was a retired licensed funeral director and embalmer at Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens, SC. He graduated from the Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in 1997.
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HARWELL BARBER

February 22, 2014

HARWELL BARBER of Abilene, TX died February 22, 2014 at the age of 87. He was chairman of board of Rita Barber, Inc., a tribute fashion business started by his mother, Rita Barber.
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GEORGE J. MOYLAN, JR

February 15, 2014

GEORGE J. MOYLAN JR of Rosendale, NY died February 15, 2014 at the age of 61. He was a second generation funeral director, owner and president of the George J. Moylan Funeral Home Inc in Rosendale and Stone Ridge. He became licensed in 1977 and assumed operation of the family business in 1995. He was a member of the Dutchess Putnum Ulster Funeral Directors Association.
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JAMES M. "CHIEF" ATCHLEY

February 14, 2014

JAMES M. "CHIEF" ATCHLEY of Sevierville, TN died February 14, 2014 at the age of 86. He was a longtime funeral director at Atchley Funeral Home.
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DANIEL B. GARRITY

February 13, 2014

DANIEL B. GARRITY of Bloomington, MN died February 13, 2014 at the age of 67. He was a funeral director and embalmer for several firms, and was an established casket and vault salesman working for Aurora, Artco and most recently Brown Wilbert. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Mortuary Science.
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WILLIAM G. MALLOY

February 12, 2014

WILLIAM G. MALLOY of Northeast Philadelphia, PA died February 12, 2014 at the age of 90. In 1951, he established the William G. Malloy Funeral Home, the oldest funeral home in Somerton. He attended the H. E. Dolan College of Mortuary Science.
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EARL JOSEPH HOLCOMB

February 12, 2014

EARL JOSEPH HOLCOMB of St. Paul, MN died February 12, 2014 at the age of 98. He was a longtime St. Paul funeral director at the A. E. Henry Funeral Home, caring for and serving families since 1935. He was a graduate of the University of Minnesota Mortuary Science Program.
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VERNON ORVILLE CARDEN, SR

February 11, 2014

VERNON ORVILLE CARDEN, SR of East Bernard, TX, formerly of Richmond, TX died February 11, 2014 at the age of 87. In 1960, he partnered with John Garmany, forming the Garmany & Company Funer-al Home with locations in Richmond and Needville. In 1970, he purchased Garmany's interest and expanded the funeral home business to include locations in Missouri City and East Bernard, becoming known as the...
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KATHY R. CARTER SEVEDGE

February 8, 2014

KATHY R. CARTER SEVEDGE of Lenexa, KS died February 8, 2014 at the age of 76. She was the secretary and treasurer of Artco Casket Company, Inc, and served as co-owner of the family firm alongside her husband, Roger.
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ELLIS GENE MELTON

February 7, 2014

ELLIS GENE MELTON of North Little Rock, AR died February 7, 2014 at the age of 97. He was a funeral director at Melton Company, Inc, previously known as the Funeral Supply and Equipment Company, where he worked as a sales representative. The firm is now under the leadership of Ellis' son Presley Melton and now his grandsons Mark and Adam Melton, and has been in operation for 68 years. He...
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DAVID I. DEFRIEST

February 6, 2014

DAVID I. DEFRIEST of Southold, NY and Flagler Beach, FL died February 6, 2014 at the age of 97. In 1940, he established the DeFriest Funeral Home in Southold, which later grew to include locations in Mattituck and Shelter Island. He served as a licensed funeral director and was past president of the Metropolitan Funeral Directors Association.
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THEODORE R. "TED" HULEY

February 5, 2014

THEODORE R. "TED" HULEY of Erlanger, KY, formerly of Covington, KY died February 5, 2014 at the age of 83. He was a funeral director at Allison & Rose Funeral Home, Inc in Covington and Taylor Mill, KY.
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ROGER C. THOMPSON

February 1, 2014

ROGER C. THOMPSON of Kissimmee, FL died February 1, 2014 at the age of 71. In 1967, he purchased half-interest in what is now Conrad & Thompson Funeral Home. He later became sole owner of the firm, alongside his wife, Jean. He was a member and past president of the Central Florida Funeral Directors Association, a member of the International order of the Golden Rule, National Funeral Directors...
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RAYMOND A. LaFRAMBOISE

February 1, 2014

RAYMOND A. LaFRAMBOISE of Wells, ME died February 1, 2014 at the age of 83. He was a funeral director and embalmer at Watson Funeral Home in Cambridge, MA, Dickinson Streeter Funeral Home in Springfield and Wilhelm Funeral Home in Miami, FL. In 1959, he purchased his own business, LaFramboise Funeral Home in Winchendon, MA. He sold the business in 1972, and began working for Royal Bond in Saint...
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EDWARD J. CAHILL, JR

January 31, 2014

EDWARD J. CAHILL JR of Peabody, MA died January 31, 2014 at the age of 64. He was employed as a licensed funeral director and embalmer at the P.M. Cahill & Son Funeral Home. He was also involved with trade embalming at some North Shore funeral homes for several years. He graduated from the New England Institute of Embalming and Funeral Directing
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WESLEY C. BUD HALL

January 29, 2014

WESLEY C. BUD HALL of Lafayette, NY died January 29, 2014. He was the owner and operator of Hall Funeral Home, which was established by his father, Clifford Hall in 1924. He was also the owner of Briggs-Hall Memorial Home in Homer, NY as well as Whall Brockway. He was a member of the Central New York Funeral Directors Association, and was the state director of the Onondaga-Oswego Funeral...
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ROY B. WATSON

January 28, 2014

ROY B. WATSON of Winchester, TN died January 28, 2014 at the age of 90. He owned the Watson Funeral Home, previously known as the Steed-Anderson Funeral Home, before selling it to Jeff Gamble in 1981. He graduated from the John A. Gupton School of Mortuary Science in 1947.
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LUCILLE ELIZABETH DENHERDER

January 25, 2014

LUCILLE ELIZABETH DENHERDER of Paulding, OH died January 25, 2014 at the age of 94. She was a funeral director at Den Herder Funeral Home for over 40 years, retiring in 2005. She was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, and the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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JAMES W. PEPPEY

January 19, 2014

JAMES W. PEPPEY of Greenfield, WI died January 19, 2014 at the age of 91. He was a funeral director for more than 50 years at Tebo-Peppey-Klemmer Funeral Home, a firm he co-founded alongside John Klemmer in 1965. The firm is now known as Heritage Funeral Home. He retired at the age of 70.
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DELMAS TYLER PRESTON

January 18, 2014

DELMAS TYLER PRESTON of Westwood, KY died January 18, 2014 at the age of 33. He was a licensed funeral director and vice president of Preston Family Funeral Home in Ashland, KY.
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WILLIAM H. BUD KRESGE

January 13, 2014

WILLIAM H. BUD KRESGE of Brodheadsville, PA died January 13, 2014 at the age of 96. He was a third generation funeral director, working alongside his father, Eugene, in operating the William H. Kresge Funeral Home, a business started by his grandfather, William A. Kresge in 1880. He assumed ownership of the firm after his father's death in 1948. He operated the firm for almost 40 years before...
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WALDO EDWARDS "ED" PORTER II

January 12, 2014

WALDO EDWARDS "ED" PORTER II of Anderson, IN died January 12, 2014 at the age of 60. He was a well-loved Anderson funeral director for 23 years, and later served more than 15 years with Flanner and Buchanan. He was past president of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association, a policy member of the National Funeral Directors Association and a member of the Madison County Funeral Directors...
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MICHAEL C. CRAIG GRAY

January 11, 2014

MICHAEL C. CRAIG GRAY of Fergus Falls, formerly of Duluth, MN died January 11, 2014 at the age of 65. He was a licensed funeral director, working part time at Boschert-Norman Funeral Home. He previously worked at Vigen Funeral Chapel in Hawley, and later went on to work at West Kjos Funeral Home in De-troit Lakes. He moved to Fergus Falls in 2006 and began working at Glende-Nilson Funeral Homes...
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HAROLD SANSON, JR

January 11, 2014

HAROLD SANSON JR of Bowling Green, KY died January 11, 2014 at the age of 69. He was a licensed funeral director at J. C. Kirby and Son Funeral Chapels and served as Warren County deputy coroner since 1984.
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ULPIANA P. SIMS

January 9, 2014

ULPIANA P. SIMS of Meridian, MS died January 9, 2014 at the age of 86. She was the CEO, president and owner of Berry and Gardner Funeral Homes, Inc in Meridian and Quitman. She was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, and the Mississippi Funeral Directors and Morticians Association.
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NICHOLAS A. LANDOLFI, JR

January 7, 2014

NICHOLAS A. LANDOLFI JR of Neptune, NJ formerly of Belleville, NJ died January 7, 2014 at the age of 74. He was a licensed funeral director, owner and operator of Landolfi Home for Funerals in Belleville for many years. He was associated with the Megaro Memorial Home in Newark and Belleville for more than 50 years.
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ROBERT H. HALVERSON

January 7, 2014

ROBERT H. HALVERSON of Somerset, PA died January 7, 2014 at the age of 94. He was a funeral director, owner and operator of the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home from 1958 until 1998 and served as Somerset's first County Coroner from 1954 until 1974. He was a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Pennsylvania...
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WILLIAM "BILLY" McHARGUE, JR

January 5, 2014

WILLIAM "BILLY" McHARGUE, JR of Shepherdsville, KY and Tarpon Springs, FL died January 5, 2014. He was a retired funeral director and embalmer, a Kentucky Colonel and a former Jefferson County Deputy. He was appointed by then Gov. John Y. Brown to serve on the Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers from 1983 until 1987.
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MAX STARK LARKIN

January 3, 2014

MAX STARK LARKIN of Salt Lake City, UT died January 3, 2014 at the age of 94. He was a sixth generation funeral director and part owner of Larkin Mortuary, the oldest family-owned business in Utah. He operated the firm alongside his brother, Alma James "Jay" Larkin, Jr for five decades. He served as president of the Utah Funeral Directors Association and the Selected Independent Funeral Homes.
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HECTOR DAVID ESTEVEZ

December 31, 2013

HECTOR DAVID ESTEVEZ of Tampa, FL died December 31, 2013 at the age of 79. He had been a funeral director at A. P. Boza Funeral Home for 50 years.
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STEPHEN E. CARPENTER

December 26, 2013

STEPHEN E. CARPENTER of North Providence, RI died December 26, 2013 at the age of 64. He was a fifth generation funeral director, and embalmer at Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home, which was established by his great grandfather, the late Rev. Hugh B. Carpenter in 1914. After the death of his grandfather, Linn M. Carpenter, in 1976, he became a partner with his uncle, H. William Carpenter, and was...
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KATHLEEN NICHOLAS

December 25, 2013

KATHLEEN NICHOLAS of Clarksville, AR died December 25, 2013 at the age of 87. She was the owner and operator of Hardwicke Funeral Home for the past 64 years. She took over operation of the firm after her first husband, L.D. "Red" Hardwicke died in 1962. Her first husband bought the funeral home in 1949. The Johnson county funeral home has closed after more than six decades of service.
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STEPHEN JOSEPH LYONS, JR

December 24, 2013

STEPHEN JOSEPH LYONS, JR of White River Junction, VT died December 24, 2013 at the age of 79. He was a licensed funeral director, embalmer, and owner of Lyons Funeral Home, which he operated alongside his father for over 20 years. He sold the business in 1982. He graduated from the McAllister Institute of Funeral Service.
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GENE E. STEINKE

December 23, 2013

GENE E. STEINKE of Denver, CO died December 23, 2013 at the age of 90. He was a licensed funeral director at Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary & Cemetery for many years. After retiring, he remained a senior consultant for the firm until he passed away. He graduated from the University of Denver in 1948.
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ROBERT DEAN MIMS

December 20, 2013

ROBERT DEAN MIMS of Griffin, GA died December 20, 2013 at the age of 80. He was the owner and operator of Cherokee Casket Company until his retirement, allocating ownership of the firm to his son, Michael. He was a member of the Casket and Funeral Supply Association of America.
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JOHN PATRICK MULLIN

December 18, 2013

JOHN PATRICK MULLIN of Tinton Falls, NJ died December 18, 2013 at the age of 87. He was a funeral director and owner of the L. V. Mullin and Son Funeral Home in Newark and Union for many years before retiring. He attended Eckles College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia, PA.
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JOHN C "JACK" VANDER PLAAT

December 18, 2013

JOHN C "JACK" VANDER PLAAT of Wyckoff, NJ died December 18, 2013 at the age of 87. He was a licensed New Jersey funeral director and embalmer. He joined his father, John J. Vander Plaat, in the operation of the Vander Plaat Funeral Home in Garfield which his grandfather established in 1894. In 1952, he and his father opened a second location in Wyckoff. He served as president of the Bergen County...
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PAUL CUTRUPI

December 15, 2013

PAUL CUTRUPI of Fishkill, NY formerly of Valhalla, NY died December 15, 2013 at the age of 68. He was a licensed funeral director at McElroy-Flynn Funeral Home in Elmsford and Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Home in Mount Kisco for nearly 40 years. He graduated from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service.
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PAUL F. LEONARD

December 12, 2013

PAUL F. LEONARD of Pittston, PA died December 12, 2013 at the age of 81. He was a funeral director, owner and operator of the Paul F. Leonard Funeral Home for more than 50 years. He also worked as a deputy coroner for Luzerne County. He graduated from the McAllister School of Embalming. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association.
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JOYCE B. TUCKER

December 11, 2013

JOYCE B. TUCKER of Petersburg, VA died December 11, 2013. She was the owner and operator of Tuckers Funeral Home, which her late husband, A. A. Tucker established. She served as the fourth female president and member of the National Funeral Directors and Mortician Association, a member of the Virginia Morticians Association, and a life member of the 100 Black Women of Funeral Service, Inc.
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RICHARD "DICK" PASCO

December 10, 2013

RICHARD "DICK" PASCO of Greenfield, IN died December 10, 2013 at the age of 66. He was a fourth generation funeral director and former owner of Pasco Memorial Mortuary, which he operated alongside his brother, David Pasco for more than 35 years. He was a member of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association, and served as charter president of the Independent Funeral Directors of Indiana. He...
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THOMAS M. JANUSZ

December 9, 2013

THOMAS M. JANUSZ of South Holland, IL and Marco Island, FL, formerly of Dolton, IL died December 9, 2013 at the age of 78. He was a licensed funeral director, owner and founder of the Thornridge Funeral Homes, LTD, Inc in Dolotn, South Holland and Orlando Park for over 40 years.
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JOHN P. "JACK" HENRY, JR

December 3, 2013

JOHN P. "JACK" HENRY JR of Honey Grove, PA died December 3, 2013 at the age of 88. He was the owner and operator of Henry Funeral Home for over 40 years, retiring in 1991. He graduated from the Eckels College of Mortuary Science.
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LYSLE P. BASH

December 3, 2013

LYSLE P. BASH of Delmont, PA died December 3, 2013 at the age of 94. He established Lysle P. Bash Funeral Home in 1949, and served as a funeral director for 64 years, retiring in 2004. He was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, the Westmoreland County Funeral Directors Association, the Indiana County Funeral Directors Association...
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RICHARD L. "RICK" WIEGAND

December 2, 2013

RICHARD L. "RICK" WIEGAND of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Cleveland, OH died December 2, 2013 at the age of 68. He was the founder of Wiegand Brothers Funeral Home and served as a funeral director in Sarasota and Manatee counties for 40 years.
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RONALD D. CIERPIAL

November 28, 2013

RONALD D. CIERPIAL of Chicopee, MA died November 28, 2013 at the age of 72. He was the owner of the Cierpial Memorial Funeral Homes in Chicopee and Chicopee Falls. He worked for his father, Alexander A. Cierpial until he and his wife, Maryanne, bought the business in 1987. He worked for several funeral homes in the area including Ascher-Zimmerman Memorial Chapel, Afawam Funeral Home, Firtion...
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WILLIAM K "BILL" EDWARDS

November 27, 2013

WILLIAM K "BILL" EDWARDS of Massillon, OH died November 27, 2013 at the age of 66. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer and worked at Batesville Casket Company for 10 years. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1970.
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WILLIAM J. DENGLER

November 22, 2013

WILLIAM J. DENGLER of Amherst, NY died November 22, 2013 at the age of 86. He was the founder of Dengler Funeral Homes, which was first located on Leroy Avenue in Buffalo.
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BERNARD F. SLAUGHTER

November 13, 2013

BERNARD F. SLAUGHTER SR of Chicago, IL died November 13, 2013. In 1972, he established Slaughter Funeral Home, later renamed Slaughter & Sons Funeral Home after his children, Benita and Bernard Slaughter Jr., joined the business. He graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1948. He was a member of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association.
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BRENNA RAE ALLEN

November 11, 2013

BRENNA RAE ALLEN of Rockford, IL died November 11, 2013 at the age of 39. She was a licensed funeral director at several funeral homes in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. She obtained her bachelor degree in Mortuary Science from Southern Illinois University.
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JOHN W. AMEY

November 8, 2013

JOHN W. AMEY of Austin, TX died November 8, 2013 at the age of 76. In 1976, he purchased Wilke-Clay Funeral Home on South Congress. He worked alongside his wife, Linda for nearly 20 years as a funeral director at Wilke-Amey-Clay Funeral Home and later at Amey Funeral Home in northwest Austin. He began his career at Cook Funeral Home when the firm was located downtown. His mentors were funeral...
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MARY McENTIRE

November 5, 2013

MARY McENTIRE of Cayce, SC died November 5, 2013 at the age of 89. She retired from Capital City Casket Company, which she owned alongside her late husband, James.
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JAMES "JIM ED" E. LAWRENCE

November 4, 2013

JAMES "JIM ED" E. LAWRENCE of Harrison, TN died November 4, 2013 at the age of 79. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer at Chattanooga Funeral Home, retiring in 2011. He graduated from John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in 1956.
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CHARLES J. FRANKLIN

October 31, 2013

CHARLES J. FRANKLIN of Floresville, TX died October 31, 2013 at the age of 76. He was a funeral director and owner of Franklin Funeral Home and was the former vice president of Mission Park Funeral Homes and Cemeteries.
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JOE VANCEL

October 31, 2013

JOE VANCEL of Lafayette, IN died October 31, 2013 at the age of 80. He was a funeral director at Reece Funeral Home in Harrogate, TN.
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JEAN W. HOWE

October 27, 2013

JEAN W. HOWE of Moorpark, CA died October 27, 2013 at the age of 79. In 1958, she and her husband George Howe established Howe Mortuary, which they operated for 30 years.
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ANTHONY "RAGU" FALLETTA

October 27, 2013

ANTHONY "RAGU" FALLETTA of Stamford, CT died October 27, 2013 at the age of 72. He was co-owner of his family business, Cordovano and Falletta from 1965 until 1988. He also served as director of operation for Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home from 1988 until 2004.
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THOMAS O. HORSTEIN

October 18, 2013

THOMAS O. HORSTEIN of Moon Township, PA and formerly of Aliquippa, PA died October 18, 2013 at the age of 85. He was a third generation funeral director and manager at Allegheny Cemetery, retiring in 1989. He was elected twice as president of the Cemetery Association of Pennsylvania, served as president of the International Cemetery and Funeral Association, and the Cremation Association of North...
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BOB ED CULVER

October 16, 2013

BOB ED CULVER of Tahlequah, OK died October 16, 2013 at the age of 79. He was the former owner and operator of Reed-Culver Funeral Home, where he began his career in 1957 and retired in 1976. He graduated from the Gupton-Jones Mortuary School in 1959.
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ALBERT J. FREYVOGEL

October 16, 2013

ALBERT J. FREYVOGEL of Bethel Park, PA died Octo-ber 16, 2013 at the age of 83. In 1960, he founded the Albert J. Freyvogel Funeral Home where he served as a licensed mortician and owner for 27 years.
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ROBERT A. BROOKS, JR

October 10, 2013

ROBERT A. BROOKS, JR of Aiken, SC died October 10, 2013 at the age of 80. He was the owner of Jackson-Brooks Funeral Home, which was established in 1912. In 1968, he took over operation of the firm alongside his wife, Alicia Brooks, until she took over full managerial duties in 1993. He was a 1966 graduated of the American McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York.
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CAL WILKERSON

October 3, 2013

Our industry has lost a great friend and highly respected leader in the death of Cal Wilkerson of US Cremation Equipment. Cal died October 3rd at the age of 78 after a brief illness. Beginning with a financial career with Dun & Bradstreet, Cal moved into the cremation industry in the early 80's and rapidly became accepted as a global leader. From 1981 until his move to Orlando in 1997, he made...
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NICHOLAS MARTIN BLILEY

September 29, 2013

NICHOLAS MARTIN BLILEY of Midlothian, VA died September 29, 2013 at the age of 69. He served 48 years as a third generation funeral director, president and CEO of Bliley Funeral Home, which was founded by his grandfather in 1874. He was vice president of Holy Cross Cemetery. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
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THOMAS CLOCK JR

September 29, 2013

THOMAS CLOCK, JR of Whitehall, MI died September 29, 2013 at the age of 84. He established Clock Funeral Home of White Lake in 1971. His great-grandfather, Tiede Clock, founded the family's first funeral home in Muskegon in 1897. His great-uncle Theodore "Ted" Clock and his grandfather, Thomas Clock, Sr., took over the business as adults. His cousin Dale and his wife, Jodi, now run Clock Life...
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RICKY J. KLINE

September 29, 2013

RICKY J. KLINE of Indianapolis, IN and formerly of Ligonier, IN died September 29, 2013 at the age of 53. He was the owner and operator of Kline Funeral Home in Millersburg until 2009. He worked for and assisted many area funeral homes including: Billings Funeral Home, Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, Ulrey-Renner Fu-neral Home, Brazzell Funeral Homes, Walkerton...
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JAMES A. LANE

September 26, 2013

JAMES A. LANE of Princeton, KY died September 26, 2013 at the age of 61. He was a retired funeral director at Morgan's Funeral Home. He served as deputy coroner for Caldwell County.
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ANTHONY J. PAPAVERO, SR

September 25, 2013

ANTHONY J. PAPAVERO, SR of Branchburg, NJ died September 25, 2013 at the age of 70. He was the co-owner and founder of Branchburg Funeral Home, which he operated alongside his sons, Anthony Jr., and Jason. He previously was the co-owner and operator of Bongiovi Funeral Home in Raritan for 30 years. He was a licensed funeral director for 51 years. He was a member of the New Jersey State Funeral...
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THOMAS H. REESE, JR

September 25, 2013

THOMAS H. REESE JR of Prince's Bay, NY died Sep-tember 25, 2013 at the age of 68. He was a funeral director at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home in Manhattan, retiring in 1993. He graduated from the McAllister Academy of Funeral Service.
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JAMES B. GAFFNEY

September 24, 2013

JAMES B. GAFFNEY of Pen Argyl, PA died September 24, 2013 at the age of 68. He was a funeral director and co-owner of James B. Gaffney Funeral Home in Pen Argyl and Bangor. He and his wife, Donna purchased their first funeral home, the former Swoyer Funeral Home in Pen Argyl in 1969. In 1975, they purchased their second funeral home, the former Miller Funeral Home in Bangor. In 1992, they...
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CHARLES A. "TONY" ALEXANDER

September 24, 2013

CHARLES A. "TONY" ALEXANDER of Gallatin, TN died September 24, 2013 at the age of 67. He was a fourth generation funeral director and owner of Alex-ander Funeral Home, which was established by his great-grandfather, Charles Carlos "C.C" Alexander in 1907. His wife, Sue plans to continue operating the firm, as well as the Family Heritage Funeral Home, which the family acquired in 2006.
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THEODORE "TED" DWAIN CASH

September 23, 2013

THEODORE "TED" DWAIN CASH of Stockbridge, GA died September 23, 2013 at the age of 71. He was the founder of Horis A. Ward Funeral Home and Fairview Memorial, where he worked as a funeral director and embalmer for 54 years. He graduated from the John A. Gupton School of Mortuary Science in the 1960s.
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ANTHONY "TONY" MOSES

September 19, 2013

ANTHONY "TONY" MOSES of Buffalo, NY died Sep-tember 19, 2013 at the age of 55. He was a licensed New York funeral director and embalmer at Brian K. Lewis Funeral Home and managed Providence Me-morial Chapel since 2003. He graduated from the Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in 2000.
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ERVIN ROBERT "BOB" PAPE III

September 18, 2013

ERVIN ROBERT "BOB" PAPE III of Danville, IL died September 18, 2013 at the age of 70. He was a licensed Illinois, Indiana and Florida funeral director, embalmer and fourth generation owner of Paper Funeral Home. In 1985 and 1995, the Pape Botanical Gardens and a crematory were added to the facility. In 1977, he purchased Berhalter Funeral Home, operating it until 1984. He donated the building to...
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MELISSA ANN "BURTON" WILCOX

September 17, 2013

MELISSA ANN "BURTON" WILCOX of Streetsboro, OH died September 17, 2013 at the age of 36. She was a funeral director at Billow Funeral Home for 8 years. She was a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
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BETH NERISON

September 15, 2013

BETH NERISON of Edina, MN died September 15, 2013 at the age of 64. She worked for her family's business, Curt Nerison, Inc., representing the Deaton-Kennedy Company of Joliet, IL. She worked with funeral directors throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa for 29 years
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CLOYD DuVAL SEAGLE, SR

September 12, 2013

CLOYD DuVAL SEAGLE SR of Pulaski, VA died Sep-tember 12, 2013 at the age of 98. He was a licensed Virginia and Tennessee funeral director and owner of Thomas M. Seagle & Sons Funeral Home for more than 60 years, retiring in 1999. In the 1970s, he was appointed by Gov. Mills Godwin to the Board of Fu-neral Directors and Embalmers, and was later elected president. He graduated from Cincinnati...
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ROBERT J. BURNS, SR

September 9, 2013

ROBERT J. BURNS SR of Philadelphia, PA died Sep-tember 9, 2013 at the age of 67. He was a funeral director, owner and partner of the Burns Funeral Home in the Fishtown area of Philadelphia, which was founded by his parents, Martin J. Sr., and Grace R. (McNeill) in 1939.
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JIMMY L. "JIM" RUSH

September 9, 2013

JIMMY L. "JIM" RUSH of Cleveland, TN died September 9, 2013 at the age of 74. He was a licensed Georgia and Tennessee funeral director and embalmer, and founded the Jim Rush Funeral Homes. In 1964, he worked at Buckner Funeral Home, managing it after it was bought by another company, then Ralph Buckner Jr., and he bought the firm and the two became partners, renaming it Buckner Rush Funeral Homes...
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JAMES LAMAR MUNN, SR

September 7, 2013

JAMES LAMAR MUNN SR of Baker, LA died September 7, 2013 at the age of 73. He was a funeral director and former owner of Munn Transportation for over 50 years. He was also the former manager of Roselawn Memorial Park in Baton Rouge. He was a former member of the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association and was Funeral Director of the Year in 2000 for the Southeast Louisiana Funeral Directors...
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EUGENE R. RINALDI

September 1, 2013

EUGENE R. RINALDI of Montgomery, NY died Sep-tember 1, 2013 at the age of 79. He was a retired funeral director. He was a graduate of the McAllister School of Mortuary Science.
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MARVIN E. BRANTLEY, JR

September 1, 2013

MARVIN E. BRANTLEY, JR of Kuttawa, KY died Sep-tember 1, 2013 at the age of 88. He was a licensed funeral director at Dunn's Funeral Home from the mid 80's until 2005. He continued as a part time funeral director until earlier this year.
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BOB CRAIN

August 29, 2013

BOB CRAIN of Cairo, IL died August 29, 2013 at the age of 77. He served families for over 57 years as a licensed funeral director and embalmer at Crain Funeral Homes & Cemeteries. Up until 1974, he also provided ambulance services.
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HILDA PENDERGRAFT HUDSON

August 28, 2013

HILDA PENDERGRAFT HUDSON of Durham, NC died August 28, 2013 at the age of 86. She was a licensed funeral director, vice president and co-owner of Hudson Funeral Home for over 50 years.
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MICHAEL G. THORNWELL

August 28, 2013

MICHAEL G. THORNWELL of Rock Hill, SC died Au-gust 28, 2013. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer at Robinson Funeral Home. He was the founding member and secretary of 100 Black Men of Funeral Service, as well as a member of the National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association, Inc. He previously served as a director for the South Carolina Board of Funeral Service, and served in...
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ROBERT LEON "BOB" BREITENBACH

August 26, 2013

ROBERT LEON "BOB" BREITENBACH of Middletown, OH died August 26, 2013 at the age of 70. He was the owner and operator of Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home since 1977. He served on the National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association board for six years. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1963.
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OTIS J. "PETE" TAYLOR

August 23, 2013

OTIS J. "PETE" TAYLOR of McComb, MS died August 23, 2013 at the age of 63. He was the owner of Cook's Enterprise Funeral Home.
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OTIS J. "PETE" TAYLOR

August 23, 2013

OTIS J. "PETE" TAYLOR of McComb, MS died August 23, 2013 at the age of 63. He was the owner and operator of Cook's Enterprise Funeral Home.
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RON HAST

August 20, 2013

RON HAST of Tiburon, CA died August 20, 2013 at the age of 74. In 1957 Ron and Allan Abbot founded a flower transport service. Adding a constantly updated fleet of vehicles, Abbott & Hast Company became the nation's first full time transportation/livery firm for the trade. Between 1957 and 1985 the firm provided cars and drivers for some of the most prominent services in the state, including...
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TIMOTHY BENJAMIN BARNES

August 19, 2013

TIMOTHY BENJAMIN BARNES of Houston, TX died August 19, 2013 at the age of 99. He was worked alongside his father in operating the Carl Barnes Funeral Home, where he served since 1932. He took over ownership of the firm after his father's death. He established the Carl Barnes Burial Association in 1945. The Association later merged with the Mack Hannah Life Insurance Company.
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BILLY RAY ROBINSON, SR

August 19, 2013

BILLY RAY ROBINSON, SR of Buna, TX died August 19, 2013 at the age of 61. He a was a funeral director and owner of Robinson Funeral Home in Jasper and Silsbee and Moody-Harris Funeral Home in Port Arthur. He graduated from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in 1976.
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JOSEPH IRA GAINES, JR

August 18, 2013

JOSEPH IRA GAINES JR of Santa Monica, CA died August 18, 2013 at the age of 78. He established Joseph I. Gaines Mortuary Services and was an autopsy technician at Meadowbrook Hospital. He worked as a funeral director, embalmer and partner at the Richard Haskill Funeral Home in Wyandorch, NY from 1963 until 1970. In 1970, he moved back to Southern California to work at Angelus Funeral Home and...
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LARRY BRUCE JUSTICE

August 18, 2013

LARRY BRUCE JUSTICE of Sewickley, PA died August 17, 2013 at the age of 61. He designed mausoleums for Matthews' Gibraltar Mausoleum Construction Company in Pittsburgh, PA. He previously worked for Mausoleum Contractors of America and Mausoleum Builders, Inc, based in Georgia. Larry designed more than 1000 mausoleums over the course of a career that spanned three decades.
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ALICE L. SCOTT

August 16, 2013

ALICE L. SCOTT of Newark, NY died August 16, 2013 at the age of 93. She and her late husband, B. David Scott owned and operated the former Scott Funeral Home, now the Norman L. Waterman Funeral Home, Inc. They purchased the firm in 1951, and operated it until their retirement in 1987.
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AL BREMER

August 15, 2013

AL BREMER of Naples, FL, formerly of Mason City, IA, died August 15, 2013 at the age of 82. He was a funeral director and owner of McCauley-Bremer Funeral Home, previously known as McCauly-McKassen Funeral Home. He later partnered with Chuck Hogan, owner of Hogan's Colonial Chapel, forming Hogan-Bremer Colonial Chapel. Together they established the Colonial Funeral Homes in Northwood, Manly, Nora...
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PAUL MICHAEL NIEBUR

August 12, 2013

PAUL MICHAEL NIEBUR of Pittsfield, IL died August 12, 2013 at the age of 51. He established Niebur Funeral Home in 1976 and founded Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry, IL in 2003. He was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Illinois Funeral Directors Association and the Tri-State Funeral Directors Association. He graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science.
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RICHARD ARTHUR "DICK" PERSCHEL, SR

August 12, 2013

RICHARD ARTHUR "DICK" PERSCHEL, SR of Durham, NC died August 12, 2013 at the age of 92. In 1985, he was elected chairman of the board of Mastercraft Casket Company Inc of Graham, NC, having served as the founding vice president in 1979. He was a New York State licensed funeral director, and previously worked for the Frasier Funeral Home in Syracuse and spent 25 years of his career with the...
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MICAH REX MORRIS

August 10, 2013

MICAH REX MORRIS of Sandy, UT died August 10, 2013 at the age of 28. He was a licensed funeral director at Russon Brothers of Bountiful, UT. He graduated from the Gupton College of Mortuary Science.
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RALEIGH ISRAEL BUTLER , SR

August 9, 2013

RALEIGH ISRAEL BUTLER SR of Fort Lauderdale, FL and Nassau, Bahamas died August 9, 2013 at the age of 81. He owned and operated Butler's Funeral Homes and Crematorium alongside his wife, Rose Marie Butler for 60 years. He was a pioneer in the funeral business in the Bahamas, and was the first to install a crematorium. He trained many young Bahamians who today own and operate their own businesses....
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