Our Obituaries

PATSY FRANCIS SANTORO

December 26, 2015

PATSY FRANCIS SANTORO of Norwood, MA died December 26, 2015 at the age of 91. He was the superintendent of the Evergreen Cemetery Association and Crematory in New Haven, CT from 1969 until the time of his retirement in 1994. He served as president of the Connecticut Cemetery Association from 1979 until 1980 and the New England Cemetery Association in 1980. Patsy was a proud member of the...
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HUBERT KENNETH "HK" BOATWRIGHT

December 21, 2015

HUBERT KENNETH "HK" BOATWRIGHT of Darlington, SC died December 21, 2015 at the age of 91. He was a licensed funeral director, mortician and owner of Boatwrights Funeral Home in Bishopville, SC; Boatwright Chapel in Darlington, SC; and served as co-owner of Moses Funeral Home in Pamplico, SC. A 1943 graduate of the Eckels College of Mortuary Science, he was past member of the South Carolina Board...
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WILLIAM LEE SHANNON

December 20, 2015

WILLIAM LEE SHANNON of Shelbyville, KY died December 20, 2015 at the age of 96. He was a fourth generation funeral director at Shannon Funeral Service. He held the distinction of having the oldest funeral director and embalmer licenses in the commonwealth of Kentucky, having served 73 years as a funeral director and 69 years as an embalmer. Though in recent years, he was semi-retired, he still...
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M. DOMER LEIBENSPERGER

December 14, 2015

M. DOMER LEIBENSPERGER of Hamburg, PA died December 14, 2015 at the age of 75. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer. In 1974, he established the former Naftzinger Funeral Home in Centerport, which closed after the opening of his Leesport facility in December of 2012. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1961 and served as past president and member of the...
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JOSEPH HERMAN MILLER, JR

December 14, 2015

JOSEPH HERMAN MILLER, JR of Monroe, LA died December 14, 2015 at the age of 85. He owned and operated Miller Funeral Homes for nearly a century. His father, Joseph Miller Sr, founded the funeral home in 1935.
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G. JAMES BOSMA

December 11, 2015

G. JAMES BOSMA of Tempe, AZ formerly of Fulton, IL died December 11, 2015 at the age of 86. In 1963, he purchased Sikkema Funeral Home in Fulton and established Bosma Funeral Home. In 1979, he purchased Tomlinson Funeral Home in Morrison and his son, James D. Bosma, joined him in partnership. In 1987, the Renkes-Reynolds Funeral Home of Morrison joined together to establish the Bosma-Renkes...
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STEPHEN D. SUDDARTH

December 8, 2015

STEPHEN D. SUDDARTH of Lynn, IN died December 8, 2015 at the age of 73. He was a licensed funeral director, embalmer and a 1964 graduate of the Indiana College of Mortuary Science.
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CATHERINE "CATHY" ANN CARTER

December 8, 2015

CATHERINE "CATHY" ANN CARTER of Muskogee, OK died December 8, 2015 at the age of 63. She worked alongside her husband, Mike Carter in operating Lynch Supply and Heartland Casket Company.
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ALICE JEANETTE BUCKMAN

December 5, 2015

ALICE JEANETTE BUCKMAN of Wabasha, WI died December 5, 2015 at the age of 90. She and her hus-band, Harold "Bucky" Buckman, Jr., owned and operated Buckman Funeral Home from 1956 to 1989.
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MERRILL CLINTON LUNSFORD

December 4, 2015

MERRILL CLINTON LUNSFORD of Milton, WV died December 4, 2015 at the age of 89. He worked as a funeral director at Heck Funeral Home and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1953.
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JOSEPH KELLY HOBBS, JR

December 3, 2015

JOSEPH KELLY HOBBS JR of Versailles, KY and Lexington, KY died December 3, 2015 at the age of 65. He worked alongside his father, the late Joseph Kelly Hobbs Sr., as a licensed mortician and funeral director for several decades, operating the J.K. Hobbs Funeral Home in Versailles and Cunningham Funeral Home in Lexington. After the passing of his father, Hobbs struggled to continue operating the...
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GEORGE MARION McFADDIN, SR

December 1, 2015

GEORGE MARION McFADDIN SR of Sumter, SC died December 1, 2015 at the age of 85. He worked for several funeral homes, most recently the Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home.
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BILLY D. HINES

December 1, 2015

BILLY D. HINES of Albany, GA died December 1, 2015 at the age of 85. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer at Oaklawn Funeral Home for many years. Hines graduated from the Kentucky School of Embalming in 1958.
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PETER P. HORVATH

November 28, 2015

PETER P. HORVATH of Sussex, NJ died November 28, 2015 at the age of 76. In 1974, he purchased the Pinkel Funeral Home in Sussex and continued to operate it for the past 31 years as a licensed Pennsylvania and New Jersey funeral director. He also owned the Horvath Funeral Service of Passaic and the Horvath Funeral Home in Clinton. A graduate of the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral...
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JAMES ELLIOTT COOPER, JR

November 26, 2015

JAMES ELLIOTT COOPER, JR of Hemingway, SC died November 26, 2015 at the age of 86. He was a licensed funeral director and co-owner of the Nesmith-Pinckeny Funeral Home for 40 years.
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ALLAN ABBOTT

November 26, 2015

ALLAN ABBOTT of Monterey, CA died November 26, 2015. He was the co-founder of Abbott and Hast Company. It was Allan's interest in geology that unwittingly led him and the late Ron Hast into the funeral industry after they purchased an old hearse as teenagers to use as their field lab vehicle. That hearse started them in a mortuary accommodation business that later led to their own funeral service...
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DENTON E. HARDISON

November 26, 2015

DENTON E. HARDISON of Ransomville, NY died November 26, 2015 at the age of 86. He was a licensed funeral director and operator at his family's business, Hardison Funeral Homes, Inc. He graduated from the Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in 1949. Hardison was a member of the New York State Funeral Directors Association, Erie Niagara Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral...
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KATHARINE CARLSON

November 23, 2015

KATHARINE CARLSON of Brunswick, OH died November 23, 2015. She and her husband, Earl Carlson founded Carlson Funeral Home in Brunswick, Garrettsville and Medina.
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DINO P. CANTELMI

November 22, 2015

DINO P. CANTELMI of Fountain Hill, PA died November 22, 2015 at the age of 79. He was a licensed Pennsylvania funeral director and owner of the Cantelmi Funeral Home, which he established in 1963 at his parents' home in Bethlehem. In 1964, he moved the business to Fountain Hill. He previously worked at Joseph Levine & Sons in Philadelphia and later served his internship at the former Steyers...
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SAMUEL RITONDARO

November 21, 2015

SAMUEL RITONDARO of Chardon, OH died November 21, 2015 at the age of 60. He and his wife, Theresa purchased the Ritondaro Funeral Home from his retired father, John. They owned and operated it as licensed funeral directors until 2012, when it became DeJohn Funeral Homes & Crematory. Samuel graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
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ROBERT L "BOB" KILBURN

November 21, 2015

ROBERT L "BOB" KILBURN of Deming, NM died November 21, 2015 at the age of 91. He was a licensed funeral director at Adair Funeral Chapels in Tucson, AZ for many years and later the Baca's Funeral Chapels in Deming until his retirement. He was also an entrepreneur and over the years always had ideas creating and developing products beneficial to funeral service and the public he served for many...
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BRETT D. GRANDAW

November 18, 2015

BRETT D. GRANDAW of Potsdam, NY died November 18, 2015 at the age of 55. In 2006, he joined the staff at Seymour Funeral Home as a licensed funeral director. He graduated from the State University of New York at Canton with a degree in mortuary science.
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THOMAS H. WILLIAMS

November 9, 2015

THOMAS H. WILLIAMS of Naperville, IL died November 9, 2015 at the age of 94. He was a licensed funeral director, embalmer and former owner of Williams-Kampp Funeral Home in Wheaton and Oak Park. After closing the Oak Park location, he gradually turned over the reins to family members at his Wheaton site. He graduated from the Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1941.
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WELDON HERBERT GEORGE, JR

November 8, 2015

WELDON HERBERT GEORGE JR of Williamsburg, VA died November 8, 2015 at the age of 93. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer at Whiting's Funeral Home, retiring in 2014. He graduated from the H. E. Dolan College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia, PA and was an honorary member of the Virginia Morticians Association since 2014.
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ANNE MARIE MOTYKA

November 5, 2015

ANNE MARIE MOTYKA of Kensington, CT died No-vember 5, 2015 at the age of 71. She was a licensed funeral director and owner of the Francis Funeral Home, which she acquired after the passing of her father, the late Francis J. Motyka. She continued to operate it for a number of years.
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PAUL McCOMBS

November 5, 2015

PAUL McCOMBS of Connersville, IN died November 5, 2015 at the age of 87. In 1951, he co-founded the Mac Machine & Metal Works, Inc., with his partner Eugene Krepp, and continued to work until his retirement. He was a member of the Casket and Funeral Supply Association of America.
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JEANNETTE ETTA EMMERICH

October 31, 2015

JEANNETTE ETTA EMMERICH of Avon Lake, OH died October 31, 2015 at the age of 97. She worked alongside her husband, Irving Emmerich as a funeral director, embalmer, founder and former owner of Emmerich Funeral Home in Amherst, OH, which is now Hempel Funeral Home.
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JERRY W. HANLIN

October 27, 2015

JERRY W. HANLIN of Walloon Lake, MI formerly of Millington, MI died October 27, 2015 at the age of 82. He was a second generation funeral director at Hanlin Funeral Home, which was established by his parents Florence and William Hanlin in 1928. He later sold the business to third generation funeral directors Dale and Pam Hanlin in 1997 after 40 years of service. He received his Associate's Degree...
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WILLIAM H. LOGAN III

October 25, 2015

WILLIAM H. LOGAN III of West Chester, PA died Oc-tober 25, 2015 at the age of 85. He was a third generation funeral director and president at Logan Funeral Home in Havertown, PA.
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KENNETH IRVIN ROBERSON

October 23, 2015

KENNETH IRVIN ROBERSON of Oxford, MS died October 23, 2015 at the age of 52. He was the proprietor of the Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home Inc in Pontotoc and Batesville, where he was a licensed embalmer and mortician. In 1984, he graduated from Northwest Community College with a degree in mortuary science. He served as past president, past chairman, state treasurer and member of the Mississippi...
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DALA RUTH WHINERY

October 21, 2015

DALA RUTH WHINERY of Elk City, OK died October 21, 2015 at the age of 81. She worked alongside her husband, Alvin Lavern (A. L) Whinery as the first female licensed funeral director in western Oklahoma. In 1961, they purchased the former Scroggins Funeral Home in Sayre and continued to own and operate it as Whinery Funeral Service for the next 27 years. During this time, the funeral home obtained...
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ABDULLAH ALI WHITAKER

October 13, 2015

ABDULLAH ALI WHITAKER of Goldsboro, NC died October 13, 2015 at the age of 32. He was the owner and operator of Whitaker Mortuary Services. A grad-uate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, he was a member of the New Generation of Funeral Service Practitioners Association, Inc.
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MADELYN MITCHELL SHANK

October 12, 2015

MADELYN MITCHELL SHANK of Havre de Grace, MD died October 12, 2015 at the age of 87. She was a retired funeral director, having worked for Mitchell Funeral Home, P.A., which was established by her father R. Madison Mitchell, then Mitchell-Smith Funeral Home, P.A., Crouch Funeral Home, P.A., and later Zellman Funeral Home, P.A. She graduated from Eckels College of Mortuary Science in 1948.
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JOSEPH "SONNY" WALTON

October 12, 2015

JOSEPH "SONNY" WALTON of Virginia Beach, VA died October 12, 2015. He was a licensed funeral director, embalmer and owner of Walton Funeral Home for over 50 years, which he established in 1967. He graduated from the McAllister School of Embalming in 1952 and was awarded the 2012 Living Legends of Funeral Service award from the 100 Black Women of Funeral Service.
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DERESA O. RILEY

October 11, 2015

DERESA O. RILEY of Lansing, MI died October 11, 2015 at the age of 96. She was the co-founder and retired co-owner of the Riley Funeral Home.
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JANE GRAY "BUNNY" SOWELL

October 5, 2015

JANE GRAY "BUNNY" SOWELL of Columbia, TN died October 5, 2015 at the age of 68. She was a licensed funeral director, embalmer, co-owner and corporate secretary at Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home. She graduated from the Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in 1967. She attended the University of Virginia Medical School in Charlottesville to study corneal education. In 1974, she became the first...
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EDMUND J. BOCHINSKI

September 24, 2015

EDMUND J. BOCHINSKI, a longtime resident of New Britain, CT died September 24, 2015 at the age of 94. He was a licensed funeral director and mortician serving New Britain and nearby communities continuously for 60 years until his retirement at age 88. He was honored by the National Funeral Directors Association on his 50th anniversary in the business. He graduated from the American Academy of...
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NEIL EARL CARLSON

September 23, 2015

NEIL EARL CARLSON of Brunswick, OH died September 23, 2015 at the age of 59. He was a licensed funeral director and co-owner of the Carlson Funeral Homes and Cremation Services in Brunswick, Garrettsville and Medina for over 30 years. He graduated from the Ohio State University in 1978.
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WELDON L. BAILEY

September 22, 2015

WELDON L. BAILEY of Fredericksburg, VA died September 22, 2015 at the age of 88. He was the owner and operator of Bailey Funeral Service until it closed in 2009. He graduated from the Eckels College of Mortuary Science.
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DAVID B. SHAFFER

September 19, 2015

DAVID B. SHAFFER of Houtzdale, PA died September 19, 2015 at the age of 74. He was employed at the Jon C. Russin Funeral Home Inc., in Bellwood as a licensed funeral director. He graduated from the Pitts-burgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1967.
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RICHARD C. KRAMER

September 16, 2015

RICHARD C. KRAMER of Trimont, MN died September 16, 2015 at the age of 90. He was employed by his uncle and aunt, Elmo and Velma Stockdill at Stockdill Funeral Home as a second generation funeral director and embalmer. In 1966, he purchased the funeral homes located in Trimont and Welcome and changed the name to Kramer Funeral Home. A third location in Sherburn was added in 1980. In 1981, his son...
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ROBERT E. "BOB" BRESLIN

September 8, 2015

ROBERT E. "BOB" BRESLIN of Cape Coral, FL and Sebago, ME died September 8, 2015 at the age of 75. He served as a licensed funeral director and embalmer at his family's business, Breslin Funeral Home in Malden, MA for a short period of time. He earned his diploma from the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in Boston in 1959.
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WILLIAM JOHN "BILLY" BRUMMOND

August 31, 2015

WILLIAM JOHN "BILLY" BRUMMOND of Apple Valley, MN died August 31, 2015 at the age of 64. He was the owner and operator of Peerless Plastics Inc in Farmington, MN.
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ERWOOD C. "RAY" RAYSIN

August 29, 2015

ERWOOD C. "RAY" RAYSIN of Metamora, formerly of Davison, MI died August 29, 2015 at the age of 90. He was the owner and operator of the former Raysin Funeral Home. He served the families of Genesee County for more than 60 years as a licensed funeral director before selling the business to Wayne Allen in 1987. He was a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association.
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AMOS E. QUESENBERRY

August 26, 2015

A MOS E. QUESENBERRY of Shady Springs, WV died August 26, 2015 at the age of 94. He worked as a funeral director at several funeral homes including, Calfee Funeral Home in Beckley; McGlumphy Funeral Home in Clarksburg; and Nickels Funeral Home in Rainelle. He opened Quesenberry and Webb on Vance Drive and was later able to purchase the Rose Funeral Home on Neville Street in Beckley. In 1956, he...
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JOHN L. ATTILLI

August 23, 2015

JOHN L. ATTILLI of Princeton, formerly of Beckley, WV died August 23, 2015 at the age of 60. As a teenager, he began working for the Williams Funeral Home, and later the Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Beckley as a funeral director and general manager. He then worked at Rosedale Funeral Home in Martinsburg and Roselawn Funeral Home and Cemetery in Princeton. He served as the president of the West...
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ALLISON AROL "AL" STARKEY, JR

August 21, 2015

ALLISON AROL "AL" STARKEY, JR of Bridgeport, CT died August 21, 2015 at the age of 60. He worked as a sales consultant for Krypotek/Norwalk Vault Company. He was a member and exhibited at the National Funeral Directors Association, Catholic Cemetery Conference Association and the International Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association.
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GENE H. CORL

August 19, 2015

GENE H. CORL of Monroeville, PA died August 19, 2015 at the age of 82. He was a licensed funeral director and founder of the Gene. H. Corl Funeral Chapel, which he established in 1961. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.
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ALEXANDER PATRICK "LIL MAN CLARKE

August 19, 2015

ALEXANDER PATRICK "LIL MAN" CLARKE of Dade City, FL died August 19, 2015 at the age of 36. He served as an intern with Benta's Funeral Home in Harlem, NY and later as a licensed funeral director and embalmer with Ted's Affordable Mortuary & Cremation Services in Los Angeles, CA. He nurtured his affinity for the recently departed with Dade city's local mortician, the late Sherman Milton of Milton...
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LEONARD P. AUDETTE

August 19, 2015

LEONARD P. AUDETTE of Marlboro, NY died August 19, 2015 at the age of 54. For the past 25 years, Len had been employed by the Messenger Corporation in Auburn, IN as their sales representative for the New York and New England region. He was also employed by the Florence Casket Company in Massachusetts and had formerly worked for the Aurora Casket Company in Indiana. He was a member of the New York...
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HALSEY "BUD" H. WILLIAMS

August 19, 2015

HALSEY "BUD" H. WILLIAMS of Hillsboro, IN died August 19, 2015 at the age of 85. He was a funeral director for 61 years, first working at Moore & Kirk Funeral Home and later for Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Homes in Indianapolis. He purchased Crumely Funeral Home in Hillsboro in October of 1964 and later sold the business to the Maus family. He continued to work with the family until his health...
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LEE S. GREENWELL

August 17, 2015

LEE S. GREENWELL of Martinsville, IL died August 17, 2015 at the age of 97. In 1938, he established the Greenwood Funeral Home, where he worked as a licensed funeral director, owner and operator until retiring in 1980. He continued to assist his son, George with the funeral business until 2008. He graduated from mortuary school in Los Angeles and was the oldest member of the Illinois Funeral...
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RICHARD M. OBADIAH

August 16, 2015

RICHARD M. OBADIAH of Genoa City, WI died Au-gust 16, 2015 at the age of 66. He was the president of Star Legacy Funeral Network in McHenry, IL.
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WALLACE M. LONG, JR

August 12, 2015

WALLACE M. LONG JR of Bethlehem, PA died August 12, 2015 at the age of 84. He was a funeral director for 60 years and former owner of the Long Funeral Home in Bethlehem and Oley. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.
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HERBERT ULYSSES GAILLARD FIELDING

August 10, 2015

HERBERT ULYSSES GAILLARD FIELDING of Charles-ton, SC died August 10, 2015 at the age of 92. He served as the vice president and director of operations for South Carolina's largest black-owned funeral home, Fielding Home for Funerals, which was established by his father, Julius P. L. Fielding in 1912. He graduated from the West Virginia State University.
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WILLIAM "MIKE" SMITH

August 9, 2015

WILLIAM "MIKE" SMITH of Woodbury, TN died August 9, 2015 at the age of 72. He worked for Hunter Funeral Home in Sparta before establishing Smith Funeral Home in 1971. In 1981, the firm burned to the ground, and with help from his family and friends, he was quickly able to rebuild it. A graduate of the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Tennessee Funeral Directors...
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RAYMOND CLINTON GARBER

August 8, 2015

RAYMOND CLINTON GARBER of Versailles, MO died August 8, 2015 at the age of 94. He was the owner and operator of Kidwell-Garber Funeral Homes, Kidwell Granite Works and Garber Memorial Estates serving the communities of Versailles, Gravois Mills, Laurie and Sunrise Beach for over 70 years. He was previously the owner of Wilbert Vault and Sedalia Monument Company. He graduated from the University...
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RAYMOND CLINTON GARBER

August 8, 2015

RAYMOND CLINTON GARBER of Versailles, OH died August 8, 2015 at the age of 94. He was the owner and operator of Kidwell-Garber Funeral Homes, Kidwell Granite Works and Garber Memorial Estates in Versailles, Gravois Mills, Laurie and Sunrise Beach for over 70 years. He was previously the owner of Wilbert Vault and Sedalia Monument Company. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree...
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ALFRED D. THOMAS

August 4, 2015

ALFRED D. THOMAS of Milton, MA died August 4, 2015 at the age of 91. He was the late owner, operator and funeral director of the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home, where he had lived since 1979. Before establishing his first funeral home in Mattapan in the early 1950s, he worked with his brother, Alexander F. Thomas, Sr., at the Carroll-Thomas Funeral Home in Hyde Park.
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MARK LIGGETT HALL

August 4, 2015

MARK LIGGETT HALL of Warren, OH died August 4, 2015 at the age of 87. He was a licensed funeral director for over 50 years and served as president of the Carl W. Hall Funeral Service, Inc for 28 years. He graduated from the Cleveland College of Mortuary Science.
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DAVID W. CALDWELL

August 3, 2015

DAVID W. CALDWELL of Greenwood, AR died August 3, 2015 at the age of 64. He was a funeral director at Hot Springs Funeral Home and later at the McConnell Funeral Home. He retired in 2012.
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JIM WARD

July 28, 2015

JIM WARD of Klamath Falls, OR died July 28, 2015 at the age of 72. He was a third generation funeral director and owner of Ward's Klamath Funeral Home Inc, which was established in the 1920s. He was a member and served as president of the Oregon Funeral Directors Association. He was appointed to a four year term to the Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board in 1999 by Gov. John Kitzhaber. He was...
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JAMES ALLEN McMULLEN, SR

July 26, 2015

JAMES ALLEN McMULLEN SR of Columbus, GA died July 26, 2015 at the age of 75. He was the owner and operator of McMullen Funeral Home, which he established alongside his family in 1987. He previously worked at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary as a funeral director and served thousands of families in Muscogee County for over 50 years. He graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1987 and...
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MOSES P SMOOT

July 25, 2015

MOSES P. SMOOT of Pamplico, SC died July 25, 2015 at the age of 73. He was a licensed funeral director, embalmer, owner and operator of People's Funeral Home. A graduate of the historic Atlanta College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the South Carolina Morticians Association.
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ALFRED STANLEY "AL" DODSON, JR

July 23, 2015

ALFRED STANLEY "AL" DODSON, JR of Sand Springs, OK died July 23, 2015 at the age of 77. He was a licensed funeral director, embalmer and former owner of Mobley-Dodson Funeral Service, which was established in 1915. He retired from the funeral home in 2009 after about 27 years with his family's company.
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WALLACE WILLIAM "WALLY" SCHWAHN

July 22, 2015

WALLACE WILLIAM "WALLY" SCHWAHN of Rock Island, IL died July 22, 2015 at the age of 92. He was employed by Hodgson Funeral Home, where he worked as a funeral director and embalmer from 1950 until his retirement in 1991. Following his retirement, he assisted the funeral home on a part-time basis for many years. He graduated from the Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago.
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LESLI BARKDULL NEAL

July 21, 2015

LESLI BARKDULL NEAL of Shelby, OH died July 21, 2015 at the age of 54. In September of 1985 she came to work with the family business and received her funeral directors license in 1987. Upon her father's retirement in 1994, she became a fifth generation co-owner of the Barkdull Funeral Home. She was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.
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CONRAD JOE MASTERS

July 21, 2015

CONRAD JOE MASTERS of Greenville, SC died July 21, 2015 at the age of 81. He was a funeral director and embalmer at the Wood Mortuary for 67 years. He was a member of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association.
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PAUL EDWARD FREDERICK

July 21, 2015

PAUL EDWARD FREDERICK of Cincinnati, OH died July 21, 2015 at the age of 92. He was a second generation funeral director and owner of Frederick Funeral Home. He was a past president of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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JOHN E MALLETTA

July 20, 2015

JOHN E. MALLETTA of Polson, MT died July 20, 2015 at the age of 74. After completing his apprenticeship in Butte, he moved to Missoula where he worked at Marsh and Powell later to become Livingston and Malletta Funeral Home. He later acquired the first of several funeral homes and cemeteries located in Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. He graduated from the San Francisco College of Mortuary...
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TAMBRA CHARMAGNE SIMMONS

July 19, 2015

TAMBRA CHARMAGNE SIMMONS of Detroit, MI died June 19, 2015 at the age of 57. She worked for several funeral homes as a licensed funeral director, including the Frank Givens Funeral Home, Queens Chapel and the Caver Memorial Funeral Home. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Mortuary Science from Wayne State University in 1980.
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ADAM WADE WILLIM

July 16, 2015

ADAM WADE WILLIM of Richmond, MO, formerly of Clarion, IA died July 16, 2015 at the age of 48. After working as funeral directors in Alaska, Adam and his brother Bart moved to Minnesota to own and operate the Willim Family Funeral Homes in Aitkin, Pequot Lakes and Pine River, which was later sold. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
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DALE EMERSON HILL

July 16, 2015

DALE EMERSON HILL of Kingston, OH died July 16, 2015 at the age of 59. He was the owner and operator of Hill Funeral Home, where he served as a second generation funeral director and embalmer for 37 years. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1978.
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ERNEST WILLAIM GONZALES, JR

July 16, 2015

ERNEST WILLAIM GONZALES JR of Galveston, TX died July 16, 2015 at the age of 54. He was the owner and operator of Gonzales Funeral Directors and Limousines. He served funeral homes throughout the Bay Area, Harris and Fort Bend Counties, including a long and close relationship with Carnes Brothers Funeral Home that spanned 45 years. He graduated from the Commonwealth College of Funeral Service.
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RAY ALLEN "RED" TUCKER

July 13, 2015

RAY ALLEN "RED" TUCKER of Mason, WV died July 13, 2015 at the age of 83. He was a longtime funeral director at Foglesong Funeral Home for 59 years and was during that time part of the first ambulance service in the Mason area.
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REGINALD WILBUR GASKIN

July 12, 2015

REGINALD WILBUR GASKIN of Philadelphia, PA died July 12, 2015 at the age of 72. He began his cemetery employment at West Laurel Hill in Bala Cynwyd. He went on to manage the cemeteries at Chelten Hills, Washington Lane and Woolston Avenue; 20th Century Vault Co., Glenside; White Chapel Gardens, Feasterville; and Mount Peace, 31st Street and Lehigh Avenue, where he remained until his health began...
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WILLIAM JAMES WILLIS, SR

July 11, 2015

WILLIAM JAMES WILLIS, SR of Dalton, GA died July 11, 2015 at the age of 91. He and his wife, Dorothy Sprowl Willis, co-founded Willis Funeral Home in 1949. He graduated from the Atlanta College of Mortuary Science in 1947.
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DONALD JAMES "JIM" WALTERS

July 11, 2015

DONALD JAMES "JIM" WALTERS of Zeph-yrhills, FL died July 11, 2015 at the age of 76. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force Medic Corp for 8 years as an embalmer in Viet Nam. He spent his entire career serving as a funeral director and embalmer. He served as the guest speaker at universities and professional programs all over the world, educating hundreds of students and...
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WILLIAM PAUL THOMAS

July 11, 2015

WILLIAM PAUL THOMAS of Miami, OK died July 11, 2015 at the age of 91. He worked alongside his wife, Wanda Ingram as a licensed funeral director, owner and operator of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Picher, which they established in 1948. In 1991, they added a second location in Miami and another in Commerce in 2005. He graduated from the St. Louis College of Mortuary Science in 1947. He was a...
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ARMAND LOUIS "BIG DADDY" CHARBONNET

July 9, 2015

ARMAND LOUIS "BIG DADDY" CHARBONNET of New Orleans, LA died July 9, 2015 at the age of 84. He was the vice president and co-proprietor of Charbonnet-Labat-Glapion Funeral Homes, which was founded by his grandparents in 1883 and is one of the oldest funeral homes in the country. An elaborate traditional funeral, complete with a level of pomp and circumstance that is rarely seen today even in New...
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DONALD RAY BELLMER

July 9, 2015

DONALD RAY BELLMER of Sedalia, MO died July 9, 2015 at the age of 83. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer at Ewing Funeral Home in Sedalia, Norman-Wagy Funeral Home in Chillicothe and later served as manager of the Hedges Funeral Home in Camdenton. He spent his retirement working at Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home in Columbia.
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DALTON "DALE" MINERD, SR

July 8, 2015

DALTON "DALE" MINERD SR of North Hills, PA died July 8, 2015 at the age of 87. He began his career as a mortician, including a brief stint running his own funeral home on the North Side before settling into a career as a sort of freelance embalmer, traveling among funeral homes to prepare people for their final rest. He was a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
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DAVID G. STRANG

July 7, 2015

DAVID G. STRANG, a lifelong resident of Grayslake, IL died September 7, 2015 at the age of 85. He was a third generation funeral director and owner of Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium for over 50 years, which his grandfather, George E. Strang established in 1898 as Strang Furniture and Undertaking.
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CHARLES TERRY MOODY

July 7, 2015

CHARLES TERRY MOODY of Zebulon, GA died July 7, 2015 at the age of 68. He worked as a funeral director at the J. Cowan Whitley Funeral Home in Douglasville, Haisten's Funeral Home in Jackson, and Tapp Funeral Home in Buford. In 1975, he opened Terry Moody Funeral Home in McRae. After moving to Pike County, he worked with his family at the Moody Funeral Home in Zebulon. He graduated from the...
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JAMES W DUKE

July 6, 2015

JAMES W. DUKE of Indianapolis, IN died July 6, 2015 at the age of 83. He served as a licensed funeral director and embalmer at Shirley Brothers Mortuary and the G. H. Herrmann Funeral Homes before retiring in 1999. He graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1988.
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PHILIP MICHAEL "NEW" NEAL II

July 5, 2015

PHILIP MICHAEL "NEW" NEAL II of Catletts-burg, KY died July 5, 2015 at the age of 49. He was a second generation funeral director and owner of Neal-Kilgore & Collier Funeral Homes. He served as a Boyd County deputy coroner for 20 years. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1987, he served on the board of the Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky from 2004-2012 and...
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LAWRENCE KENNETH MYERS, SR

July 2, 2015

LAWRENCE KENNETH MYERS, SR of Omaha, NE died July 2, 2015 at the age of 92. He worked alongside his brother, Robert as a licensed funeral director at Myers Funeral Home, which was established by his father William "W. L." Myers. His son Larry Myers assumed ownership of the firm after he retired in 1985 and continued to operate it as the oldest black-owned business until its closing in 2011.
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JOSEPH H LEVINE

June 28, 2015

JOSEPH H. LEVINE of Bala Cynwyd, PA died June 28, 2015. He was a fourth generation funeral director and president of Joseph Levine & Sons Memorial Chapel Inc, one of the Philadelphia area's oldest and most prominent Jewish funeral homes. After obtaining ownership of the firm in 1984, he sought to expand it by acquiring Haym Salomon Memorial Park in Frazer in 1986. In 1996, he began operating from...
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ROBERT STEPHEN "STEVE" OWEN

June 24, 2015

ROBERT STEPHEN "STEVE" OWEN of Cartersville, GA died June 24, 2015 at the age of 63. He was a funeral director at Owen Funeral Home for 40 years.
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IRVING ROBERT EMMERICH

June 23, 2015

IRVING ROBERT EMMERICH of Avon Lake, OH died June 23, 2015 at the age of 96. He was a licensed funeral director, embalmer, founder and former owner of Emmerich Funeral Home in Amherst, OH, which is now Hempel Funeral Home. He previously served as the owner and CEO of Daniels Emmerich Funeral Home in Lakewood, OH. He graduated from the Cleveland College of Mortuary Science in 1943 and was a member...
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AUBREY CLINTON ROBERTSON

June 22, 2015

AUBREY CLINTON ROBERTSON of Charleston, WV formerly of Sutton, WV died June 22, 2015 at the age of 92. He began his career as a licensed funeral director and embalmer at the Wilson Funeral Home in Charleston and later the Harris Funeral Home in Logan. In 1960, he purchased the former Berry & Son Funeral Home, and continued to operate it as the Robertson Funeral Home for 41 years. A graduate of...
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DONALD LEE "DON" JENSEN

June 22, 2015

DONALD LEE "DON" JENSEN of Arnold, formerly of Knob Lick, MO died June 22, 2015 at the age of 81. He began his career working in Farmington for the Cozean Funeral Home, serving his apprenticeship under the late C. H. Cozean, Sr. He later moved to the St. Louis area and eventually purchased Baumman Colonial Funeral Chapel in Overland. He owned and operated it as a licensed funeral director for the...
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RAYMOND E HALLOWELL

June 22, 2015

RAYMOND E. HALLOWELL of Chicago, IL died June 22, 2015. He was the owner and operator of Lakeview Funeral Home.
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GILBERT L LINVER

June 20, 2015

GILBERT L. LINVER of Rancho Cordova, CA died June 20, 2015 at the age of 73. He previously worked at the Toledo Jewish Family Services Foundation before becoming the owner and operator of Great Lakes Memorial Stone Company. He served as the executive director at Sinai Memorial Chapel in San Francisco, the only Jewish funeral home in the Bay Area, where he worked for 18 years until his retirement....
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WILLIAM THEODORE BEAR II

June 18, 2015

WILLIAM THEODORE BEAR, II of Churchville, VA died June 18, 2015 at the age of 90. He was a fifth generation funeral director at Bear Funeral Home for more than 68 years and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
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MORRIS EARL BANKSTON

June 16, 2015

MORRIS EARL BANKSTON of Ozark, AL died June 16, 2015 at the age of 73. He was a funeral director and founder of Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home. He served as Dale County's coroner for more than 30 years before retiring in 2006.
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GARY ANDREWS

June 15, 2015

GARY ANDREWS of Bronx, NY died June 15, 2015 at the age of 62. He was a licensed funeral director having worked at Hellman Memorial Chapels, George T. Davis Funeral Home, David J. Hodder Funeral Home, Coxe & Granziano Funeral Home and Weinstein Memorial Chapel.
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LARRY WAYNE BURKE

June 13, 2015

LARRY WAYNE BURKE of David, KY died June 13, 2015 at the age of 73. He was the former owner and operator of Burke Funeral Home and served the community of Floyd County for more than 20 years as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He continued to work for Nelson Frazier Funeral Home in Martin after retirement.
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JOHN GARIC SCHOEN

June 11, 2015

JOHN GARIC SCHOEN of New Orleans, LA died June 11, 2015 at the age of 94. He worked as a funeral director at Schoen Funeral Home, which his great-grandfather established. He later became the chairman of its board and the vice president of Schoen Life Insurance Co. He was a founding partner of Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, where he spent the last years of his career as a consultant.
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JOHN THOMAS "TOM" FRALEY

June 8, 2015

JOHN THOMAS "TOM" FRALEY of Moorefield, WV died July 8, 2015 at the age of 77. He began his career in funeral service with Kilgore & Collier Funeral Home in Catlettsburg, and later served his apprenticeship with Doug Bryant at the Keyser Funeral Home in Beckley. In 1971, he assumed ownership of the former Thursh Funeral Home in Moorefield, where he continued to operate it as Fraley Funeral Home...
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