Our Obituaries

THOMAS "TOM" C. MAXWELL

March 5, 2017

THOMAS "TOM" C. MAXWELL of Mound, MN died March 5, 2017at the age of 74. He established Dial Caskets in the early 90's alongside his family. He also sold stationery to the funeral industry and was a representative for several companies, including Messenger, Rob-Win and Regal Line.
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WILLIAM J. BICAN , JR

March 3, 2017

WILLIAM J. BICAN JR of Cleveland, OH died March 3, 2017 at the age of 86. He was the owner of Bican Brothers Funeral Home from 1957 until his retire-ment in 1994.
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WILLIAM D. "BILL" BACKMAN, JR

March 1, 2017

WILLIAM D. "BILL" BACKMAN JR of Aurora, IN died March 1, 2017 at the age of 85. He was employed at Aurora Casket from 1948 until his retirement in 1993. During this time, he served as president from 1978โ€“1993, CEO from 1983โ€“1996 and chairman of the board from 1989โ€“2002. He graduated from Wabash College in 1953 and later established the William D. Backman Sr Scholarship.
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JOHN THURMAN CAMPBELL

March 1, 2017

JOHN THURMAN CAMPBELL of Trenton, NJ died March 1, 2017 at the age of 73. He was a licensed funeral director, owner and operator of Campbell Funeral Chapel for nearly 35 years, which he established in 1982. A 1976 graduate of the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York, he was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, New Jersey State Funeral Directors...
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GEORGE E. WITTMAIER, JR

March 1, 2017

GEORGE E. WITTMAIER JR of Chalfont, PA died March 1, 2017 at the age of 80. He served his apprenticeship at Levine Funeral Home in Philadelphia before establishing the Wittmaier Funeral Home in 1963. He continued to own and operate the firm as a licensed funeral director until retiring in 1994, at which time, the business was sold to Jim Scanlin who continues George's same tradition of excellence...
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FREDERICK KELLOGG GIFFORD

February 28, 2017

FREDERICK KELLOGG GIFFORD of South Berwick, ME died February 28, 2017 at the age of 57. He was a sales representative for The Dodge Company and a licensed funeral director. He graduated from Fine Mortuary College in Norwood, MA.
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GREGORY D. BRIDGEFORTH

February 27, 2017

GREGORY D. BRIDGEFORTH of Maple Heights, OH died February 27, 2017 at the age of 65. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer at Gaines Funeral Home. He was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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JOEL E. LEVINGSTON

February 26, 2017

JOEL E. LEVINGSTON of Port Neches, TX died February 26, 2017 at the age of 85. He was a licensed funeral director, embalmer and owner of Levingston Funeral Home, which he established in 1955. He received his mortuary science degree from Landig Mortuary College in Houston.
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LARRY M. JENKINS

February 23, 2017

LARRY M. JENKINS of Avon Park, FL died February 23, 2017 at the age of 62. He joined his father in operating the family owned business, Highland Park Cemetery in Fort Wayne, IN. In 2000, he relocated to Florida to work for Service Corporation International, and in 2009, he joined Northstar Memorial Group. He later served as sales manager for Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Avon Park, FL and was a...
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DOUGLAS J. "DOUG" LUCZAK

February 22, 2017

DOUGLAS J. "DOUG" LUCZAK of Bay City, MI died February 22, 2017 at the age of 54. He was a licensed funeral director and co-owner of Gephart Funeral Home, Inc along with his father, Gerald A. Luczak and brother, David. He graduated from the Wayne State College of Mortuary Science in 1986 and was a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, where he served as past president of District...
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ROGER THOMAS VOIE

February 17, 2017

ROGER THOMAS VOIE of Stevens Point, WI and Iola, WI died February 17, 2017 at the age of 85. He owned and operated Voie Funeral Home alongside his brother, Eugene, and later ran the Voie Furniture Store until its closing in 1966. They also operated the area's ambulance service from the late 1940s until 1970, when it became the Iola Area Ambulance Service. He retired in 1990 as a licensed funeral...
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CLIFFORD ALLEN GREENE

February 13, 2017

CLIFFORD ALLEN GREENE of Wooster, OH died February 13, 2017 at the age of 71. He began working for the McIntire Funeral Home in 1964 and in 1984, along with Thomas E. Davis, became co-owner of the funeral home. After Davis retired in 2000, he became sole owner until his retirement in December of 2011. A 1969 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Ohio...
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LOREN D. ROTH

February 13, 2017

LOREN D. ROTH of Pettisville, OH died February 13, 2017 at the age of 62. He started his career with Sauder Woodworking Co in 1989, and in 2014, he joined Sauder Funeral Products as the director of strategic planning. He was a member of the Casket & Funeral Supply Association.
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GERALD R. "JERRY" COOK

February 13, 2017

GERALD R. "JERRY" COOK of Northfield, MN died February 13, 2017 at the age of 86. He spent 40 years as a successful funeral home sales representative and graduated from the University of Minnesota, School of Mortuary Science in 1957.
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JOHN P. "JACK" MOLONEY

February 12, 2017

JOHN P. "JACK" MOLONEY of Central Islip, NY died February 12, 2017 at the age of 81. He served as the director of Moloney Funeral Home beginning in 1956, after the death of his father. He continued in the role until his illness took over last summer.
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ROBERT "BOB" W. DELMORE

February 12, 2017

ROBERT "BOB" W. DELMORE of Robbinsdale, MN died February 12, 2017at the age of 95. A licensed funeral director in Minneapolis for over 60 years, he was the owner and operator of Gearty-Delmore Funeral Chapels and was previously employed at White Funeral Home. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1941 with a degree in mortuary science.
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MEADE VERNON ROWE , SR

February 8, 2017

MEADE VERNON ROWE SR of Morristown, NJ died February 8, 2017 at the age of 92. He was a licensed funeral director, owner and operator of Rowe Funeral Home, which he established alongside his late wife, Marion Cecelia Rowe. The business later merged with another funeral home in town and was renamed Rowe-Lanterman Home for Funerals, and is operated by Rowe's son, M. Vernon Rowe, Jr.
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CLEO A. HAWK

February 8, 2017

CLEO A. HAWK of Sligo, PA died February 8, 2017 at the age of 84. He and his father, Guy, ran the Hawk Funeral Home for many years until he purchased the family business. He was instrumental in helping to start the Community Ambulance Service, which he ran in Sligo and the surrounding communities. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
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ARNETT RAY BURNSIDE

February 8, 2017

ARNETT RAY BURNSIDE of Bridgeport, WV died February 8, 2017at the age of 83. He established Burnside Funeral Home in 1997 alongside his son, Scott P. Burnside and was a member of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association.
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JOHN H. KERNS

February 4, 2017

JOHN H. KERNS of Oelwein, IA died February 4, 2017 at the age of 75. He worked as a funeral director for the Murdoch Funeral Home in Marion and the Fawcett Funeral Home in Winthrop before joining Brant Funeral Home in Oelwein in 1968. He later purchased the firm along with the Delsing-Wright Funeral Home in Maynard and the Gleim Funeral Home in Arlington and continued to own and operate them...
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TERRY L. MOFFETT

February 3, 2017

TERRY L. MOFFETT of Boise, ID died February 3, 2017 at the age of 72. He worked alongside his wife, Faye as a licensed funeral director, owner and operator of Moffett's Memorial Chapel for over ten years and was a graduate of the Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science.
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CARL LEONARD GERBER, SR

February 2, 2017

CARL LEONARD GERBER SR of Norwalk, OH died February 2, 2017 at the age of 79. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer at Gerber and Son Funeral Home, which his father, the late Leonard David Gerber established in 1939 as Gerber Funeral Home. He then acquired Heaston Funeral Home in the late 1970's and created Heaston-Gerber Funeral Home in Norwalk and he also acquired Norwalk Monument...
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GEORGE B "MIKE" DODGE, JR

January 29, 2017

GEORGE B "MIKE" DODGE JR of Cambridge, MA died January 29, 2017 at the age of 87. He joined The Dodge Company in 1956, was elected treasurer in 1966, and served as vice president alongside his brother, Arnold Dodge and later both daughters, Debbie and Kristie.
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WILLIAM "STEVE" SOUTHERLAND, SR

January 26, 2017

WILLIAM "STEVE" SOUTHERLAND, SR of Lynn Ha-ven, FL died January 26, 2017 at the age of 79. He was a licensed funeral director at Southerland Family Funeral Home for 41 years, which he established alongside his parents, Ray and Bobbie Southerland in 1955. As president of the firm, he and his wife, Mary Sue, expanded the business beyond Bay County to include neighboring counties. A 1966 graduate of...
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R. KLINE ASHTON, SR

January 25, 2017

R. KLINE ASHTON SR of Palmer Township, PA died January 25, 2017 at the age of 84. He was a fourth generation funeral director and owner of the Ashton Funeral Home in Easton for more than 60 years. He graduated from Lafayette College in 1954 with a degree in mortuary science and was a founding member of the Northampton County Community College Funeral Service program and advisory board. He was...
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CHARLES EDWIN GILLILAND

January 24, 2017

CHARLES EDWIN GILLILAND of Greensburg, IN died January 24, 2017at the age of 75. He joined his father's business, Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home at the age of 20 and later operated it as a licensed funeral director until his retirement. He graduated from the Indiana School of Mortuary Science in 1962.
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RICHARD H. SEARER

January 22, 2017

RICHARD H. SEARER of Tyrone, PA died January 22, 2017 at the age of 91. He served his apprenticeship at Graham and Getz Funeral Home before becoming sole proprietor of the firm in 1988. He owned and operated it as the Richard H. Searer Funeral Home, Inc for 29 years. In 2012, he was recognized for 60 years of service as a licensed funeral director in Pennsylvania. A 1954 graduate of the...
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ROBERT "BOB" J. CHOATE

January 18, 2017

ROBERT "BOB" J. CHOATE of Chico, CA died January 18, 2017 at the age of 56. He was a licensed embalmer for several mortuaries in Butte County for 35 years and he also assisted the Butte County medical examiner's office up to the time of his death.
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THOMAS EDWARD "TOM" GRAVES, JR

January 13, 2017

THOMAS EDWARD "TOM" GRAVES, JR of Norfolk, VA died January 13, 2017 at the age of 92. He served his apprenticeship at Hale Funeral Home in Norfolk before establishing the Graves Funeral Home in 1953 with the help of his family and wife. It was the first establishment ever designed and built to service the African-American community in the area. He remained licensed with the Virginia State Board...
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GERALDINE BROWSER WOOD

January 13, 2017

GERALDINE BROWSER WOOD of Wynnefield, PA died January 13, 2017 at the age of 89. In 1959, she and her husband, Clarence M. Wood established the Wood Funeral Home in Philadelphia, where she acted as the support staff and lady attendant.
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JOHN HARVEY GIVENS, JR

January 10, 2017

JOHN HARVEY GIVENS, JR of Pearisburg, VA died January 10, 2017at the age of 82. He served his apprenticeship at J.T. Morris & Son Funeral Home in Petersburg before receiving his funeral directors license in 1957.He returned to Pearisburg in 1959 to join his brother, Cale T. Givens at Givens Funeral Home, which was established by their father, the late John Harvey Givens Sr in 1912. He was a...
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WAYNE H. JUSTICE

January 7, 2017

WAYNE H. JUSTICE of Hendersonville, TN died January 7, 2017 at the age of 78. He joined Ambulance & Coach Sales of Nashville in 1986, and later became part-owner for 25 years, supplying hearses and limousines to the funeral industry throughout the Southeast. He was a member of the Tennessee and Mississippi Funeral Supply Sales Clubs.
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REVEREND DONALD H. JORDAN, SR

January 2, 2017

REVEREND DONALD H. JORDAN SR of Middletown, OH died January 2, 2017 at the age of 83. He was the founder and owner of Thompson, Hall & Jordan Funeral Homes of Cincinnati, OH; Green, Hall & Jordan Memorial Chapel of Hamilton, OH; and the Hall Jordan & Petty Memorial Chapel of Middletown, OH. He founded his first funeral home in Middletown in 1953 and grew the organization into one of the largest...
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REV. VANDROTH BACKUS

December 26, 2016

REV. VANDROTH BACKUS of Florence, SC died December 26, 2016 at the age of 91. He was a licensed funeral director and founder of Backus Funeral Home.
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DELBERT DUANE BOWERS

December 26, 2016

DELBERT DUANE BOWERS of Harker Heights, TX died December 26, 2016 at the age of 87. A licensed funeral director, he and his business partner, William "Bill" Crawford established the Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen in 1972 and Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove in 1988. They sold the business to Service Corporation Inter-national in 1989, although he remained active as a...
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ALBERT "AL" E. BRIEDE III

December 23, 2016

ALBERT "AL" E. BRIEDE III of New Orleans, LA died December 23, 2016 at the age of 94. He was a licensed funeral director and owner of the McMahon-Coburn-Briede Funeral Home for more than six decades. He was a member of the New Orleans Funeral Directors Association and the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association.
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H. BARTH LITTLETON

December 22, 2016

H. BARTH LITTLETON of Sabina, OH died December 22, 2016 at the age of 86. He was a licensed funeral director at Littleton Funeral Home for over 60 years. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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DANIEL "DAN" WEBSTER MCBRIDE

December 21, 2016

DANIEL "DAN" WEBSTER MCBRIDE of Paragould, AR formerly of Rector, AR died December 21, 2016 at the age of 93. He was a funeral director, embalmer and owner of Irby Funeral Home for 35 years. He served on the board of directors and was past president for both the Arkansas Embalmers and Funeral Directors and the Arkansas State Burial Association.
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LARRY E. MINOTT

December 20, 2016

LARRY E. MINOTT of Janesville, WI died December 20, 2016 at the age of 58. He worked as a funeral attendant at the Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home and Cremation Services and the Albrecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
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HENRY & ANN JORDAN, JR

December 19, 2016

HENRY "TRAIL" HUNTER JORDAN JR, 73, and his wife, ANN FIRESTONE JORDAN, 71, of Kosciusko, MS died December 19, 2016 during an early morning house fire. Trail and Ann were owners of Jordan Funeral Home, which was established by his grandfather, L. W. Jordan, Sr. in 1904 and is now in its fourth generation of continuous service to Central Mississippi. Trail graduated from the John A. Gupton...
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DONALD E. KOPPELMAN

December 18, 2016

DONALD E. KOPPELMAN of Pekin, IL died December 18, 2016 at the age of 83. He started his funeral directing career as an apprentice with Hurley Funeral Home in Petersburg and remained with the firm as a licensed funeral director and embalmer until moving to Pekin in 1961, at which time he began working for William Weimer at the Noel Funeral Home. He continued working for Merl Henderson at Noel...
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FRANK M. PROUT

December 18, 2016

FRANK M. PROUT of Hutchinson Island, FL died December 28, 2016 at the age of 92. A licensed funeral director since 1948, he was also a certified public accountant. He operated an accounting service while also working at Prout Funeral Home, a firm founded by his father, Michael C. Prout in 1924 and is presently owned and operated by his son, Bob and daughter-in-law, Meg. He graduated from the...
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JAMES E. "JIM" SMITH

December 16, 2016

JAMES E. "JIM" SMITH of Wilmington, OH died December 16, 2016 at the age of 72. He began his long career in the funeral industry working with his father, the late L. Eugene Smith at the L. Eugene Smith & Son Funeral Home in New Vienna. Together they purchased the Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home in Wilmington in 1973. He later owned and operated both funeral homes with his son, Shane C. Smith as well...
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LYLE CLINKINGBEARD

December 15, 2016

LYLE CLINKINGBEARD of Ava, MO died December 15, 2016 at the age of 87. He was a licensed funeral director, embalmer and co-owner of Clinkingbeard Funeral Homes, Inc, both in Ava and Gainesville, MO. He also worked alongside his wife, Florence for 56 years in operating the only ambulance company in Ava and Douglas County for over 25 years. A graduate of St. Louis Mortuary College, he was a member...
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JOHN JACOBSON

December 13, 2016

JOHN JACOBSON of Slayton, MN died December 13, 2016 at the age of 78. He worked as a licensed funeral director at Johnson Funeral Home in Newton, IA and later at Schroeder Funeral Home in Boone, IA. In 1976, he and his wife, Elizabeth "Liz" Latham purchased the Butson Funeral Homes in Tracy and Walnut Grove, MN. He continued to operate it until 2002 when he retired and sold the business. He...
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THEODORE WILLIAM KUHNS

December 12, 2016

THEODORE WILLIAM KUHNS of Las Animas, CO died December 12, 2016 at the age of 87. He worked as a licensed funeral director in Titusville, PA and Clintonville, PA before moving to Las Animas in 1974 to work for Powell Funeral Home. He later purchased the firm and renamed it Powell-Kuhns Mortuary. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
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PETER IGNATIUS MORRISON

December 10, 2016

PETER IGNATIUS MORRISON of Boardman, OH died December 10, 2016 at the age of 56. He was a funeral director and pre-arrangement consultant at Edward J. Fox & Sons Inc after receiving his licenses by the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors in 2006. He was a member of the Tri-County Funeral Directors Association and the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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THOMAS A. CORRIGAN

November 22, 2016

THOMAS A. CORRIGAN of Fairview Park, OH died November 22, 2016 at the age of 81. He was a licensed funeral director at Corrigan Funeral Homes until 2005 and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1959.
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PAUL H. WIGGINS, JR

November 22, 2016

PAUL H. WIGGINS JR of Mount Vernon, OH died November 22, 2016 at the age of 73. He worked alongside his wife, Kay Dowds as a licensed funeral director at Dowds-Wiggins Funeral Home. They owned and operated the business until their retirement in 1989 when they sold it to the Snyder family of funeral homes. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and was a member of the Ohio...
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ROSS C DEJOHN, SR

November 19, 2016

ROSS C DEJOHN SR of Mayfield Heights, OH died November 19, 2016 at the age of 88. He began working as a licensed funeral director at the McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home in Middle Town before moving to Cleveland to work for the Nosek Funeral Home and later the Flynn Froelk Funeral Home. Due to a series of back surgeries, DeJohn left the funeral business in 1956. In 1986, with his son, Ross, Jr., he...
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STEPHEN J. SEKERES, SR.

November 11, 2016

STEPHEN J. SEKERES SR of North Canton, OH died November 11, 2016 at the age of 90. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for 67 years, he was the former owner of Sekeres Funeral Home and Welch-Sekeres Funeral Home and served as president of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, District 16.
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SAMUEL "SAM" L. CASKEY , JR

November 5, 2016

SAMUEL "SAM" L. CASKEY JR of Columbia, SC died November 5, 2016 at the age of 59. He worked as a funeral director at Temples Halloran Funeral Home until the time of his passing. He graduated from Point College with a Bachelors of Science in Biology in 1979.
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RUTLEDGE EVERETT "RON" SHULER, JR

November 5, 2016

RUTLEDGE EVERETT "RON" SHULER JR of Hendersonville, NC died November 5, 2016 at the age of 75. He was a licensed funeral director, embalmer and owner of Shuler Funeral Home, which he founded alongside his wife Faye Kirby in 1997. He previously worked at Batesville Casket Company and was inducted into their Masters Club. He graduated from the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in 1964.
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GARY D. BIDWELL

November 4, 2016

GARY D. BIDWELL of St. Anthony, ID died November 4, 2016 at the age of 69. A licensed Idaho and Montana mortician, he was the owner and operator of Bidwell Funeral Home in St. Anthony for 37 years and has been a bugler at veterans' funerals for over 45 years. He previously worked for Hansen Memorial Chapel.
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CHARLES H. SIMMONS

November 1, 2016

CHARLES H SIMMONS of Buffalo, NY died November 1, 2016 at the age of 84. He was the owner and operator of Memorial Chapels of Buffalo from 1996 until 2009.
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JOHN LOWELL ABRAMSON

October 31, 2016

JOHN LOWELL ABRAMSON of Colorado Springs, CO died October 31, 2016 at the age of 89. Formerly of Minnesota, he was a funeral director in the Twin Cities area for over 50 years. He graduated from the mortuary science program at the University of Minnesota.
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RICHARD "DICK" DUNLAP LOWNES, SR

October 24, 2016

RICHARD "DICK" DUNLAP LOWNES SR of Harleysville, PA and formerly of Lafayette Hill, PA died October 24, 2016 at the age of 86. He was a fourth generation funeral director, mortician and owner of Lownes Family Funeral Home, which was founded by his grandfather, William A. Dunlap, in 1888 as Dunlap-Lownes Funeral Home. He retired in 1992 after his son, Randall Lownes took over operation. He...
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WILLIAM E. "BILL" CALHOUN

October 21, 2016

WILLIAM E. "BILL" CALHOUN of Akron, OH died October 21, 2016 at the age of 75. He was one of the original co-founders of the Stewart and Calhoun Funeral Home and Cremation Services. He served the families in the Akron community for over 50 years as a licensed funeral director and embalmer.
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JOHN GREGSTON BARKER

October 19, 2016

JOHN GREGSTON BARKER of Paducah, KY died October 19, 2016 at the age of 94. He was the owner of Barker Funeral Home, co-owner of Fendley-Barker & Harris Funeral Home, and longtime owner of Roth Funeral Chapel, Inc. While serving as funeral director and embalmer, Barker also served on the state board. He served as McCracken County coroner for numerous years and was past president of the Kentucky...
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J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE

October 17, 2016

J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE of Hermitage, PA died Oc-tober 17, 2016 at the age of 83. He was a third generation funeral director for more than 40 years. He began his career in New Castle where his grandfather, John McGonigle, established the McGonigle Funeral Home in 1897. In 1964, he and his wife, Mary Ellen moved to Sharon and established the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and the McGonigle...
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SAMUEL DWIGHT CAMPBELL

October 16, 2016

SAMUEL DWIGHT CAMPBELL of Rutledge, TN and Maynardville, TN died October 16, 2016 at the age of 78. He worked alongside his wife, Dottie Looney Williams Campbell in owning and operating the Cooke-Campbell Mortuary in Maynardville. A 1961 graduate of the John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors...
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LAWRENCE "LARRY" MANDEL

October 16, 2016

LAWRENCE "LARRY" MANDEL of Highland Park, IL died October 16, 2016 at the age of 67. Larry was an interfaith life cycle celebrant and funeral director concierge. A fourth generation funeral director, he was owner and manager of Piser Funeral Services in Skokie, IL from 1980 until SCI purchased the firm. In July of 2013, Larry participated in a strike against SCI by the International Brotherhood...
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W.E. CHAMBERLAIN

October 7, 2016

GREG W.E. CHAMBERLAIN of Oregon, MO died October 7, 2016 at the age of 87. In 1996, he and his wife, Betty established the Chamberlain Funeral Home & Monuments in Rock Port. They purchased a funeral home in Oregon, MO in 1986 and added Mount City in 1995. He graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1996 and took yearly continuing education courses at Iowa Western College while...
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DAVID L. MONROE

October 7, 2016

DAVID L. MONROE of Oneonta, NY died October 7 2016 at the age of 85. He worked for Leonard Hall Funeral Home in Delhi and later for Bookout Funeral Home in Oneonta, which he eventually purchased. He owned and operated it for many years as a licensed funeral director, retiring in 1997. He graduated from the Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in Syracuse.
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DAVID L. MONROE

October 7, 2016

DAVID L. MONROE of Oneonta, NY died October 7, 2016 at the age of 85. He began working at Leonard Hall Funeral Home in Delhi and later the Bookhout Funeral Home in Oneonta as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He owned and operated the funeral home until his retirement in 1997. He graduated from the Simmons Institute of Mortuary Science in Syracuse.
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JAMES D. BETTS

October 5, 2016

JAMES D. BETTS of Geneva, WI died October 5, 2016 at the age of 72. He was the owner and operator of Betts Funeral Home in Elkhorn from 1976 until his retirement in 2008. He graduated from the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in Milwaukee.
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JAMES D. BETTS

October 5, 2016

JAMES D. BETTS of Geneva, WI died October 5, 2016 at the age of 72. He was the owner and operator of Betts Funeral Home in Elkhorn, WI from 1976 until his retirement in 2008. He graduated from the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science.
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JAMES O. KISHLER

October 1, 2016

JAMES O. KISHLER of Columbus, OH died October 1, 2016 at the age of 89. He co-founded Brucker & Kishler Funeral Home in 1951 and was a graduate of the Cleveland College of Mortuary Science.
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JOHN F. DOWLING, JR

September 28, 2016

JOHN F. DOWLING JR of Florence, SC died September 28, 2016 at the age of 69. He began working for the Stoudenmire Funeral Home in the early eighties as a licensed funeral director and embalmer, and in 1988, he and his wife, Wanda purchased the business, renaming it Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. He previously worked at the Belk-King Funeral Home in Darlington and served other funeral homes...
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DONALD EUGENE "GENE" WILSON , JR

September 28, 2016

DONALD EUGENE "GENE" WILSON JR of New Braunfels, TX died September 28, 2016 at the age of 45. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer who taught Japanese funeral personnel modern embalming techniques overseas for nearly 20 years. He graduated from the San Antonio College, Department of Mortuary Science in 1991. Gene was most recently employed at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home.
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PAUL WOODWARD

September 26, 2016

PAUL WOODWARD of West Chicago, IL, formerly of Winfield, IL died September 26, 2016 at the age of 86. He was as a licensed funeral director and embalmer at Wheaton Funeral Home before establishing Woodward Funeral Home in 1996. He operated the firm for almost a quarter century before selling it in 1990 and retiring. He graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science.
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DAVID P. BYERS

September 22, 2016

DAVID P. BYERS of Murrells Inlet, SC, formerly of Parkersburg, WV died September 22, 2016 at the age of 62. He was a licensed funeral director at the Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg for 37 years and managed the Goldfinch Funeral Home-Beach Chapel in Murrells Inlet for the past five years. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
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ROBERT J. MORELAND

September 20, 2016

ROBERT J. MORELAND of Westerville, OH died September 20, 2016 at the age of 72. He was co-owner and operator of Moreland Funeral Home and a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
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CURTIS L. SIMPSON , SR

September 12, 2016

CURTIS L. SIMPSON SR of Los Angeles, CA died September 12, 2016 at the age of 67. He was a licensed funeral director and mortician for 40 years, having worked at the historic Barnum Funeral Home in Americus, GA and later founded the Simpson Family Mortuary, which consisted of five locations throughout California that he formerly owned and operated. A graduate of Cypress College, he was a member...
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JOHN EDWARD PHILLIPS

September 11, 2016

JOHN EDWARD PHILLIPS of Hernando, MS died September 11, 2016 at the age of 90. He was the owner and operator of Brantley-Phillips Funeral Home, which he and his family purchased from Bridgforth Tarver and Martha Frances Tarver in 1982. He oversaw the relocation of more than 50 graves from the former DeSoto County Children's Home to Goodrum Cemetery when a new subdivision threatened to obscure the...
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ADRIANA COLBERT HARRISON

September 4, 2016

ADRIANA COLBERT HARRISON of Memphis, TN died September 4, 2016 at the age of 55. She was the owner and operator of Harrison's Memorial Chapel, Inc and Harrison's Funeral Home Inc, Orange Mound Chapel. She received her funeral service certification from Stratford University.
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GARY ROBERT TOMBLYN

September 3, 2016

GARY ROBERT TOMBLYN of Buckhannon, WV died September 3, 2016 at the age of 65. He was the former owner of the Tomblyn Whitescarver Funeral Chapel in Buckhannon and the Alkire Funeral Chapel in Ireland. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1973.
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WENDELL DONOVAN HINKSON

August 31, 2016

WENDELL DONOVAN HINKSON of Great Bend, KS died August 31, 2016 at the age of 75. He was a licensed funeral director at Bryant-Christians Funeral Home until his retirement in 2016 after 50 years of service to the profession.
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WILLIAM F. "BILL" HARRIS

August 30, 2016

WILLIAM F. "BILL" HARRIS of Shelby, MI died August 30, 2016 at the age of 91. He began working at Sullivan Funeral Home in Grand Rapids and later was employed at Lee Funeral Home in Muskegon Heights. He and his wife, Irene Schroeder became a partner of Burton Cooper in 1961 and sole owner in 1963. Harris operated the funeral home and ambulance service for many years. He was a graduate of the...
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GEORGE P. "GEE" KALAS, JR

August 15, 2016

GEORGE P. "GEE" KALAS, JR of Annapolis, MD and formerly of Upper Marlboro, MD died August 15, 2016 at the age of 68. He was a fourth generation funeral director at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home in Oxon Hill, which was established by his parents, Jean and George P. Kalas, Sr in the 1970s. He assumed the presidency of the company upon his father's retirement in 1982. As the company grew, he and...
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THOMAS J. STRASSER

August 11, 2016

THOMAS J. STRASSER of Antigo, WI died August 11, 2016 at the age of 74. He was a licensed funeral director and owner of Strasser-Roller Funeral Home for 40 years. A graduate of the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science, he was president of the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association and was active in the National Funeral Directors Association.
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RUBY LEE DICKEY

August 8, 2016

RUBY LEE DICKEY of Biloxi, MS died August 8, 2016 at the age of 83. She founded the Dickey Brothers-Chambers Funeral Home alongside her husband, the late Marvin M. Dickey Sr., in 1959. Upon the death of her husband, the business was renamed, the Dickey Brothers Memorial Home, where she remained president and CEO until her health began to fail. The funeral home, which was destroyed by Hurricane...
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MABEL RUTH SCHERMESSER-LENTZ

August 6, 2016

MABEL RUTH SCHERMESSER-LENTZ of Akron, OH died August 6, 2016 at the age of 97. She was one of only two women in the Akron area to receive her funeral director's license in the 1960s. She and her husband, Victor Schermesser established the Schermesser Funeral Home on South Main Street in 1942. In 1980 they built a new facility in Green and she continued to be part of the funeral home, along with...
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RODNEY F. KNAUP

August 4, 2016

RODNEY F. KNAUP of Falls City, NE died August 4, 2016 at the age of 81. He was a licensed funeral director for over 50 years. He worked for Hobson Funeral Home in Weeping Water before moving to Falls City in 1961 where he took employment at Dorr Funeral Home. He became sole owner of the firm after the death of Mr. Dorr. He received his 50 year funeral director pin in 2007 and in August of 2009 he...
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L. DAVID McCABE

August 1, 2016

L. DAVID McCABE of Farmington Hills, MI died Au-gust 1, 2016 at the age of 90. He was the third generation owner of McCabe Funeral Home in Farmington Hills, MI, joining the staff in 1952. A 1956 graduate of Wayne State University, he earned his funeral director's license and worked with his father at McCabe Funeral Home's Detroit location. In 1969, he began moving the funeral home from its...
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JOHN A. CHEW

July 22, 2016

JOHN A. CHEW of Hollywood, FL died July 22, 2016 at the age of 84. Dr. Chew was a Funeral Service Education Specialist, Consultant, Tutor, Thanatogeneticist, and a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. He was a retired former Associate Professor and Director of Funeral Service Education at Miami Dade Community College as well as the Institute for Funeral Service Education and Anatomy at Lynn...
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SHERMAN ARTHUR "ART" SUMMERS , JR

July 20, 2016

SHERMAN ARTHUR "ART" SUMMERS JR of Chesapeake, VA died July 20, 2016 at the age of 72. He was a funeral director at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home for several years.
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RUSSELL M. BOLIN

July 15, 2016

RUSSELL M. BOLIN of Zanesville, OH died July 15, 2016 at the age of 83. He joined his father, Kenneth O. Bolin as a licensed funeral director at the Mader-Peoples Funeral Home in 1951, and in 1964 they bought the controlling interest and renamed it Bolin Funeral Home. In 2007, they changed the name to Bolin-Dierkes Funeral Home where he was president of the company until his death. He graduated...
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EDWARD H. SAXTON

July 12, 2016

EDWARD H. SAXTON of North Canton, OH and formerly Rocky River, OH died July 12, 2016 at the age of 86. He was a fifth generation funeral director at the Saxton Family Funeral Chapels for over 60 years. He graduated from the Western Reserve College of Mortuary Science in 1950 and was a member of the Cuyahoga County Funeral Directors Association, Stark County Funeral Directors Association, Ohio...
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GEORGE R. HENAULT

July 11, 2016

GEORGE R. HENAULT of West Warwick and Block Island, RI died July 11, 2016 at the age of 80. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1957. He worked alongside his father, Raoul R. Henault at the Raoul G. Henault & Son Funeral Home until he retired in 1980. At that time, he assumed ownership of the firm and continued to operate it until his retirement in 2001. He graduated from the...
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DANFERD "DAN" C AVIS

July 9, 2016

DANFERD "DAN" C AVIS of Lakewood, OH died July 9, 2016 at the age of 88. He was a licensed funeral director and was the former executive director of the Foresight Family Funeral Homes. He was past president of the International Order of the Golden Rule and member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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JEFFREY "ADAM" BARB

July 8, 2016

JEFFREY "ADAM" BARB a native of Parsons, WV and a resident of Kerens, WV died July 8, 2016 at the age of 28. He was a third generation funeral director and embalmer at his family's business, Lohr & Barb Funeral Home in Elkins and Parsons, WV. He was instrumental in developing the Dove Release Program, both training and raising the birds used at graveside services for families the funeral home...
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VINCENT LUKE STRANO, SR

July 7, 2016

VINCENT LUKE STRANO SR of Elkton, MD, formerly of New Castle, DE died July 7, 2016 at the age of 62. He worked for several Delaware funeral homes before partnering with Joseph Feeley to open Strano & Feeley Family Funeral Home in Newark, DE. He graduated from the McAllister Institute of Funeral Service and served as past president of the Delaware State Funeral Directors Association.
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DONALD R. ZUTHER

June 29, 2016

DONALD R. ZUTHER of Poynette, WI died June 29, 2016 at the age of 79. He obtained both his Wisconsin and Minnesota licenses in 1966. He served his internship with the Taylor Funeral Home in Merrill before joining the staff at Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Homes in Portage. In 1972, Don began working for the UW Medical School and served over the years in the Pathology, Physiology and Anatomy...
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ALAN THOMAS "BO" YOUNGBLOOD

June 29, 2016

ALAN THOMAS "BO" YOUNGBLOOD of Rome, GA died June 29, 2016 at the age of 68. He was a well-known funeral director in the North Georgia area. He graduated from the Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science.
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THOMAS C BROWN

June 27, 2016

THOMAS C BROWN of Springfield, NJ died June 27, 2016 at the age of 79. He served as a consultant and licensed funeral director at Martin's Home for Service since 1977. He had experience with Arlington National Cemetery and was certified in OSHA training, Mass Causality training, and Organ Donor/Eye Enunciator. He graduated from Eckles College of Mortuary Science and Temple University College of...
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GERALD "JERRY" MINER

June 25, 2016

GERALD "JERRY" MINER of Midland, MI died June 25, 2016 at the age of 94. In 1952, he and his wife, Edith purchased the Reigle Funeral Home in Gladwin, and continued to own and operate it as Miner Funeral Home for over 17 years. He sold it in 1969 before returning to Midland to work for Wilson Funeral Home. The Miners purchased the Bradley Funeral Home in 1971, operating it as Miner-Bradley for a...
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JAMES RUSSELL RILEY, SR

June 24, 2016

JAMES RUSSELL RILEY SR of Lansing, MI died June 24, 2016 at the age of 93. He was a licensed funeral director, owner and operator of Riley Funeral Home, which he established alongside his wife, Deresa in 1957. They continued to operate the funeral home until retiring in 1993. In that time, ownership of the firm was relinquished to their son James R. Riley, Jr., who maintains operating it as the...
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DORETHA "DOTTIE" HECTOR

June 24, 2016

DORETHA "DOTTIE" HECTOR of Baltimore, MD died June 24, 2016 at the age of 74. She was an intern for Samuel Redd at his funeral home before serving her apprenticeship with West Baltimore undertaker Arlington Phillips. She worked alongside Phillips and his wife, Elizabeth, as they converted the old Silber's Bakery into Phillips Funeral Home. After Philips died in 1979, she continued to help...
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ANDREW "ANDY" B COLEMAN III

June 23, 2016

ANDREW "ANDY" B COLEMAN III of Jacksonville, FL died June 23, 2016 at the age of 53. He was the owner and operator of A. B. Coleman Mortuary.
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