Our Obituaries

DICKIE "ROBERT J." MATHEWS

February 1, 2015

DICKIE "ROBERT J." MATHEWS of Chattanooga, TN died February 1, 2015 at the age of 81. He was a funeral director for Chattanooga Funeral Home for over 30 years. He graduated from John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science.
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CHARLES J. BUELOW

January 31, 2015

CHARLES J. BUELOW of Columbus, OH died January 31, 2015 at the age of 66. He was a funeral director and embalmer at Zies-McGreevey Funeral Home for 44 years.
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EDWIN J "DOC' FUNK

January 28, 2015

EDWIN J "DOC' FUNK of Owensboro, KY died January 28, 2015 at the age of 92. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer at the James H. Davis Funeral Home.
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MARY ANN J. KASZOWSKI

January 25, 2015

MARY ANN J. KASZOWSKI of Warren, OH died January 25, 2015 at the age of 78. For the last eight years, she worked alongside her grandson, Justin, as a funeral associate with the Sinchak & Sons Funeral Home.
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RONALD G. VAN ATTA

January 22, 2015

RONALD G. VAN ATTA of Tucson, AZ died January 22, 2015 at the age of 82. He was the former owner and operator of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral Home & Cremation Service. He served on the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.
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FRANK A. KOREN

January 21, 2015

FRANK A. KOREN of Churchill, PA died January 21, 2015 at the age of 101. He began his career as a licensed funeral director in 1940 at the Kroos Funeral Home in Sheboygan, WI. In 1957, he moved to Pittsburgh to serve families at the former H. Samson Funeral Home in Oakland for 40 years. After retiring from H. Samson, he became a valued staff member with the Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home, where...
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WHETSELL EVANS McDANIEL

January 20, 2015

WHETSELL EVANS McDANIEL of Orangeburg, SC died January 20, 2015 at the age of 72. He was a licensed funeral director at Dukes-Harley Funeral Home in Orangeburg for 41 years. He was a member of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.
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HELEN K. SYTSEMA

January 19, 2015

HELEN K. SYTSEMA of Norton Shores, MI died January 19, 2015 at the age of 99. She worked alongside her husband, Martin A. Sytsema as the owner and operator of Sytsema Funeral Home, and now the defunct Sytsema Ambulance Service. The two lived above the funeral home, where she remained until the final years of her life.
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ANTHONY MANIGAULT HURLEY

January 16, 2015

ANTHONY MANIGAULT HURLEY of Columbia, SC died January 16, 2015. Until its closing, due to his retirement in 2014, he was the owner and operator of Manigault-Hurley Funeral Home, the oldest African-American funeral home in Columbia. His family also operated the Congaree Casket Company, which was founded by his wife's grandfather. It was known to employ more African Americans than any other black...
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THOMAS ARTHUR WELSH

January 11, 2015

THOMAS ARTHUR WELSH of McAlester, OK died January 11, 2015 at the age of 72. He worked for the Mills Family of Funeral Homes for more than 30 years as a district manager; serving 12 funeral homes and one cemetery. As a senior in high school, he participated in the distributive education program, obtaining his first job in the funeral business at the age of 16. He was a member of the National...
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DONALD "DUGAN" GULLEY

January 10, 2015

DONALD "DUGAN" GULLEY of Pinckneyville, IL died January 10, 2015 at the age of 63. He retired from Best Funeral Services in Peoria, AZ in 2012 after serving bereaved families for 40 years. He graduated from the Southern Illinois University Carbondale School of Mortuary Science in 1972.
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JOEL W. KLUSMANN

January 9, 2015

JOEL W. KLUSMANN of Lennox, SD died January 9, 2015 at the age of 75. He was a funeral director at Dindot & Son Funeral Home before purchasing it in 1983. He renamed the firm Dindot-Klusmann Funeral Home. He graduated from Bismarck State University with an Associate's Degree in Pre-Mortuary Science and later from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1962.
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DEAN A. TALCOTT

January 8, 2015

DEAN A. TALCOTT of Potsdam, NY died January 8, 2015 at the age of 73. He worked as a licensed New York funeral director at Garner Funeral Home and also funeral homes in Bronxville and Rome. In September of 1980, he and his wife, Cynthia Cook purchased Garner Funeral Home from George and Ruth Garner. They operated it until 2001, when an opportunity came to sell the business. He continued to have...
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MAX BOYCE JACKSON

January 8, 2015

MAX BOYCE JACKSON of Dothan, AL died January 8, 2015 at the age of 88. He worked as an embalmer and funeral director and later served as president and partner at Ward-Wilson Funeral Home. He had been with the firm for 41 years when he sold his interest. After a brief retirement, he joined the staff of Byrd Funeral Home where he served as an active director and embalmer for 24 years, most recently...
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JEROME WHITLEY, JR

December 29, 2014

JEROME WHITLEY JR of Kalamazoo, MI died Decem-ber 29, 2014 at the age of 35. He worked alongside his wife, Shenise Whitley as a licensed funeral director, owner and operator of Whitley Memorial Funeral Home. He previously worked for eight years as an apprentice funeral director for Langeland Family Funeral Homes. He graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science.
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MERRILL P. WOMACH

December 28, 2014

MERRILL P. WOMACH of Spokane, WA died December 28, 2014 at the age of 87. He was a gospel singer who made headlines during his lifetime, both personally and professionally. He transformed the modern funeral by founding National Music Service, now Global Distribution Network, Inc. Womach survived a fiery plane crash in 1961, which left him with third degree burns to his hands and face. In addition...
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JAMES "JIM" E. OLSEN

December 27, 2014

JAMES "JIM" E. OLSEN of Big Flats, WI formerly of Whitewater, WI died December 27, 2014 at the age of 57. He received his funeral director's license in 1985 after working at a funeral home in Milwaukee. He worked at the former Suminski Funeral Home in Crandon for two years until he moved to Whitewater to work with his father at Olsen Funeral Home. He worked at the firm for eight years until he...
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RICHARD A. MARTIN

December 26, 2014

RICHARD A. MARTIN of Sigourney, IA died December 26, 2014 at the age of 88. He was the owner and operator of Martin Funeral Home in Emmetsburg, which he acquired in 1957. He acquired a second firm in Ruthven in 1977. He served as chairman of the Iowa Board of Mortuary Science Examiners, to which he was appointed by then governor Robert Ray. He graduated from the St. Louis College of Mortuary...
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BILLY JOE McGUIRE

December 26, 2014

BILLY JOE McGUIRE of Union, WV died December 26, 2014 at the age of 85. He was a retired owner and operator of Broyles-McGuire Funeral Home.
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JAMES "HOWARD" MORRIS

December 25, 2014

JAMES "HOWARD" MORRIS of Nocona, TX died December 25, 2014 at the age of 89. He was a funeral director and embalmer for 65 years, starting his career at Owens and Brumley Funeral Home in Bowie. He also worked for Hampton Vaughn in Wichita Falls before moving his family to Nocona in 1950. He then started working at the Scott-Morris Funeral Home, with has locations in Nocona and Saint Jo, as well...
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ROBERT G. "BOB" RICHARDSON

December 25, 2014

ROBERT G. "BOB" RICHARDSON of Galion, OH died December 25, 2014 at the age of 92. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer for more than 66 years. He partnered with Herman Volk and formed the Volk-Richardson Funeral Home, which he purchased following Herman's death in 1962. He owned and operated the firm until his retirement in 1984, then served as a consultant to his successors at...
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WALTER R. CHASEN

December 21, 2014

WALTER R. CHASEN of Park Ridge, IL died December 21, 2014 at the age of 94. He was the owner of Chasen Funeral Service since 1948. He served as president of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association in 1969, District Governor of the National Funeral Servicers Association from 1973 to 1976. He proudly served on the Illinois State Board of Examiners and was a respected instructor of ethics at...
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ROBERT G. NEEL

December 19, 2014

ROBERT G. NEEL of Orlando, FL died December 19, 2014 at the age of 91. He was the former chief executive officer, president and owner of Woodlawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home for more than 50 years. In 1967, he succeeded Woodlawn's founder, J. Asher Peter, as president when he purchased Woodlawn. In that role, he oversaw the operation and expansion of Woodlawn until his son, J. Asher Neel...
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JOSEPH BLAINE SCHAEFFER

December 19, 2014

JOSEPH BLAINE SCHAEFFER of Petersburg, WV died December 19, 2014 at the age of 96. He and his wife, Kathern established the Schaeffer Funeral Home and Ambulance Service in 1950. He served as a licensed funeral director in the state of Ohio and worked for the Sector Funeral Home in Willard for two years. He was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, West Virginia Funeral Directors...
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GARY MAURICE BURTON, SR

December 19, 2014

GARY MAURICE BURTON SR of Martinsville, VA died December 19, 2014 at the age of 54. He was a Virginia and North Carolina licensed funeral director, managed Hairston Funeral Home from 1996 to present, and worked at Carters Funeral Home and various other funeral homes as an embalmer. He was a member of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association, and the North Carolina Funeral Directors Association.
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WILLARD STANTON CROWE

December 14, 2014

WILLARD STANTON CROWE of Parkersburg, WV died December 14, 2014 at the age of 84. He worked at the Charles Dodd Funeral Home in Webster Springs as an ambulance and funeral attendant. He later worked for several funeral homes in the Wood County and Parkersburg area before joining the staff at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, serving as a valued funeral director and friend for the last 25 years. He was...
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WILLIAM FRANCIS BOYD, SR

December 7, 2014

WILLIAM FRANCIS BOYD SR of Cleveland, OH died December 7, 2014 at the age of 99. Chairman of the Board at E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home and Crematory, he was one of the longest serving funeral directors in the country. After graduating from the Cleveland College of Embalming in 1938, he became the "Son" in his father's funeral home. Boyd expanded the business adding funeral homes in East...
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VIRGINIA DIANE FIDLER

November 28, 2014

VIRGINIA DIANE FIDLER of Belle, WV died November 28, 2014 at the age of 71. She was a retired secretary at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home. She was a member of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association.
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HAROLD EUGENE "HANK" GIBSON

November 28, 2014

HAROLD EUGENE "HANK" GIBSON of Ripley, WV died November 28, 2014 at the age of 59. He was previously employed at Bartlett-Burdette Funeral Home in Charleston before moving to Ripley, where he served his funeral service apprenticeship with Parsons Funeral Home. He ended his career as a funeral attendant with Waybright Funeral Home. He was a member of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association.
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ALFRED RALPH DAVIS

November 28, 2014

ALFRED RALPH DAVIS of Pamplico, SC died November 28, 2014 at the age of 66. He was a licensed funeral director and manager at Moses Funeral Home for over 40 years. He was a member of the South Carolina Morticians Association, Inc, Sixth District Congressional Morticians Association and the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association.
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EZEKIEL HILLIARD TREZEVANT, JR

November 28, 2014

EZEKIEL HILLIARD TREZEVANT JR of Columbia, SC died November 28, 2014 at the age of 83. He founded the Trezevant Funeral Home, which was the first minority-owned crematorium in Columbia. A graduate of the Atlanta College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Epsilon Nu Delta Mortuary Fraternity, served as District 2 Governor and state convention coordinator for the South Carolina Morticians...
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LOHMAN HARTCOURT RAHMING

November 26, 2014

LOHMAN HARTCOURT RAHMING of Deerfield Beach, FL died November 26, 2014 at the age of 67. He was the owner, operator and licensed funeral director at Rahming-Poitier Funeral Home, where he specialized in the art of embalming and restorative art.
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MERLIN D. BRUBAKER

November 25, 2014

MERLIN D. BRUBAKER of Bettendorf, IA died November 25, 2014 at the age of 93. He was a funeral director at several Iowa funeral homes including: Bickford Funeral Home, Greenfield; Vieth Funeral Home, Oakland; Van Dyke Funeral Home, Pella; Dunns Funeral Home, Des Moines; McGinnis Funeral Home, Bettendorf; Runge Mortuary, where he retired from active service in 1986 after 14 ½ years; and recently...
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MARY BARBER COX

November 24, 2014

MARY BARBER COX of Bainbridge, GA died November 24, 2014 at the age of 84. She worked alongside her late husband, Walter, in the family business, Cox Funeral Home. She held a license as an apprentice funeral director.
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J. ALLAN GAHAGAN

November 23, 2014

J. ALLAN GAHAGAN of Davenport, IA died November 23, 2104 at the age of 91. He worked as a licensed funeral director for over 40 years at Hodgson, Esterdahl and Wheelan Funeral Homes. He retired in 1986.
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VIRGIL L. HOWARD

November 16, 2014

VIRGIL L. HOWARD of Olean, NY, formerly of Shin-glehouse, PA died November 16, 2014 at the age of 92. He along with his wife Bette, owned and operated the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home in Shinglehouse, PA, having taken over from his father-in-law, Howard Morton, who had owned and operated the former Morton Funeral Home in Shinglehouse. They retired on June 1, 1984, when Kevin and Patricia...
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DONALD L. WINANS

November 14, 2014

DONALD L. WINANS of Cortland, OH died November 14, 2014 at the age of 71. He was a licensed funeral director and co-owner of the Shafer-Williams Funeral Home for 26 years. He was a past president of the Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana County Funeral Directors Association, and member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, where he served on the board of directors; and the National Funeral...
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AMOS LEWIS

November 11, 2014

AMOS LEWIS of Titusville, FL died November 11, 2014 at the age of 86. He was the founder of the former Sunset Funeral Home, currently the Lewis-Ray Mortuary, Inc owned by his daughter, Deloris Ray-Ferguson. He served the community for over 40 years.
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MARY A. SEMSKI

November 11, 2014

MARY A. SEMSKI of Buffalo, NY died November 11, 2014 at the age of 92. She studied undertaking under her parents, John J. and Sophia Buszka, founders of the John J. Buszka Funeral Home. After apprenticing under her father, she received a New York State undertaking license, which allowed her to own and operate a funeral home. She took over operations of the family business after her father passed...
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OLIVER CROMWELL "O.C" PENNINGTON , JR

November 9, 2014

OLIVER CROMWELL "O.C" PENNINGTON JR of Raleigh, NC died November 9, 2014 at the age of 85. He was a third generation funeral director for nearly 50 years, working alongside his father at the Pennington Smith Funeral Home. In 1972, they merged with Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, where he served as vice president until his retirement in 2004.
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BOBBY ERWIN

November 7, 2014

BOBBY ERWIN of Pulaski, TN died November 7, 2014 at the age of 75. He was the former owner and active funeral director of Carr & Erwin Funeral Home.
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WALTER M. MATHEWS, JR

November 3, 2014

WALTER M. MATHEWS JR of Montezuma, GA and Butler, GA died November 3, 2014 at the age of 84. He was the owner and operator of Watson-Mathews Funeral Home for 40 years, retiring in 1996. He served as Mason County coroner for many years. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1952. He was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Georgia Funeral...
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LEO C. "CHIPPER" BASLER, JR

October 28, 2014

LEO C. "CHIPPER" BASLER JR of Ste. Genevieve, MO died October 28, 2014 at the age of 68. He was a licensed funeral director, embalmer and owner of the Basler Funeral Home since 1971 and the Basler Ambulance Service until 1979. He served as Ste. Genevieve county coroner for over 30 years. He graduated from the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science in 1970. He was a member of the National Funeral...
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WILLIAM H. "BILL" MOORE

October 28, 2014

WILLIAM H. "BILL" MOORE of San Diego, CA died October 28, 2014 at the age of 97. In 1959, he founded Bill Moore Vinyl Productions. Through the Nite-Glo division Bill provided emergency phone stickers to the funeral industry for many years. Bill's daughter, Pat Moore and Joanie Moore Coudding, were featured as the Nite-Glo girls in an ad campaign which ran in this newspaper for many years. Pat and...
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EDWARD JOSEPH WUJEK

October 24, 2014

EDWARD JOSEPH WUJEK of Saint Clair Shores, MI died October 24, 2014 at the age of 74. He was a funeral director and co-founder of Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc.
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GORDON A. WERNER

October 23, 2014

GORDON A. WERNER of Westhampton Beach, NY died October 23, 2014 at the age of 63. He was the operator of the Follett & Werner Funeral Home, and former owner of the Lindenhurst Funeral Home. He served as director for the Westhampton Cemetery Association.
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EDWIN M. "LITTLE TUCK" COOTS, JR III

October 20, 2014

EDWIN M. "LITTLE TUCK" COOTS JR III of Jeffersonville, IN died October 20, 2014 at the age of 83. He was a fourth generation funeral director at E. M. Coots' Sons Funeral Home, which was founded in 1860. He served as deputy coroner from 1960 until 2008.
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MICHAEL A. DOYLE, JR

October 18, 2014

MICHAEL A. DOYLE JR of Morristown, NJ died October 18, 2014 at the age of 84. He was a funeral director at the Doyle Funeral Home, which was established by his father, Michael A. Doyle Sr., in 1914. He served as past president of the New Jersey State Board of Mortuary Science.
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LAURA M. McVICKER

October 18, 2014

LAURA M McVICKER of Longview, WA died October 18, 2014 at the age of 84. She worked alongside her husband, Don W. McVicker, as a funeral director for the Dahl-McVicker Ditlevsen-Moore Funeral Home in Kelso and the McVicler's Fir Lawn Chapel in Toledo until retirement.
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STEVEN WILLIAM MILLS

October 13, 2014

STEVEN WILLIAM MILLS of McMechen, WV died October 13, 2014 at the age of 59. He was a funeral director and embalmer with Kirby/Vance Funeral Home, Moundsville, WV; Altmeyer Funeral Homes, Wheeling, WV, Lohr and Barb Funeral Home, Elkins, WV; Smith Funeral Home, Keyser, WV; and most recently Kepner Funeral Homes, Wheeling, WV. He graduated from the Cincinnati Institute of Mortuary Science.
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LANDON "GRUMP" BYARS YARBROUGH, JR

October 11, 2014

LANDON "GRUMP" BYARS YARBROUGH JR of Cov-ington, TN died October 11, 2014 at the age of 81. He was a licensed funeral director, embalmer and owner of the Maley-Yarbrough Funeral Home and the Covington Memorial Gardens, which he purchased in 1960. He served as Tipton County Coroner for an extensive period of time. He graduated from the John A. Gupton College in 1959.
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THADDEUS T. BORON

October 11, 2014

THADDEUS T. BORON of Pittsburgh, PA died October 11, 2014 at the age of 90. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer for 65 years. In 1954, he was hired as the manager of the E. C. Koontz Funeral Home. In 1968, he purchased the firm, renaming it Boron Funeral Home Inc. He was past president of the Allegheny County Funeral Directors Association, was a member of the Pennsylvania Funeral...
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BARBARA SPEAR JOHNSON

October 8, 2014

BARBARA SPEAR JOHNSON of McDonough, GA died October 8, 2014 at the age of 78. She was a licensed funeral director and owner of Spear and Spear Funeral Home, which was established by her grandparents Joe and Vera Spear more than 90 years ago.
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DAVID N. BROWN

October 4, 2014

DAVID N. BROWN of Coshocton, OH died October 4, 2014 at the age of 73. He sold chemicals in Ohio and Kentucky for The Dodge Company of Cambridge, MA for 43 years. He retired in 2011. After retirement, he returned to Given-Dawson Funeral Home, working part time. He graduated from the New England Institute of Embalming in Boston, MA.
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ANDREW JACKSON "A.J." PARISH, JR

October 3, 2014

THE REV ANDREW JACKSON "A.J." PARISH JR of Fort Smith, AR died October 3, 2014 at the age of 78. He operated Rowell-Parish Mortuary and had served as Sebastian County coroner for 18 years.
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JAMES WALTER POLAND

October 1, 2014

JAMES WALTER POLAND of Conway, PA died October 1, 2014 at the age of 68. He was a funeral director and embalmer for over 40 years. In 1974, he purchased the McCabe Funeral Home in Ambridge, adding a second location in Conway in 1979. The firm was renamed Poland Funeral Home, Inc in 1985. He was a member and past president of the Beaver Lawrence County Funeral Directors Association, a member and...
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JAMES WALTER POLAND

October 1, 2014

JAMES WALTER POLAND of Conway, PA died October 1, 2014 at the age of 68. He was a funeral director and embalmer for over 40 years. In 1974, he purchased the McCabe Funeral Home in Ambridge. In 1979, he added a second location in Conway, renaming it Poland Funeral Home Inc. A graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Beaver-Lawrence County Funeral Directors...
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HARRY DOUGLAS LEWIS, JR

September 29, 2014

HARRY DOUGLAS LEWIS JR of Moorestown, NJ died September 29, 2014 at the age of 78. In 1964, he purchased Lewis Funeral Home. He also operated the Medford location from 1980 until 1993. He was a 1957 graduate of the American Academy of Funeral Service, and served his apprenticeship at the Foster Funeral Home in Collingswood, NJ. Lewis retired in 2008. He was a member of the New Jersey State...
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STEPHEN A. SCILLIERI

September 29, 2014

STEPHEN A. SCILLIERI of Paterson, NJ died September 29, 2014 at the age of 57. He was a licensed funeral director and owner of the Scillieri Funeral Home. He graduated from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Mortuary Science in 1984.
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WARREN J. FITZGERALD, SR

September 28, 2014

WARREN J. FITZGERALD SR of Cohoes, NY died September 28, 2014 at the age of 78. He was a licensed funeral director and owner of the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, which he established in 1963. He graduated from Simmons Institute of Mortuary Science in 1960 where he received a scholarship given on competitive basis from the New York State Funeral Directors Association. He was licensed in 1961 after...
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L. C. MAY

September 25, 2014

L. C. MAY of Anderson, IN died September 25, 2014 at the age of 82. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer for 50 years at the L. C. May Funeral Home, which he established in 1960. He served his apprenticeship under the leadership of Leonard Underwood at Underwood Funeral Home. He graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1958, was a member of the Indiana Funeral...
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EUGENE H. DRINKWINE

September 19, 2014

EUGENE H. DRINKWINE of Cherry Flats, PA died September 19, 2014 at the age of 72. He and his wife, Carolyn Ann Drinkwine owned and operated the former Drinkwine Funeral Home in Blossburg for many years. He recently worked as a funeral director for Sanders Mortuary in Williamsport and assisted the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory Inc for many years. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Funeral...
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GORDON B. GARRETT

September 10, 2014

GORDON B. GARRETT of Titusville, PA died September 10, 2014 at the age of 80. In 1956 he began working at E. A. Peterson Funeral Home before purchasing it alongside his wife Marcia in 1965. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
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ROBERT CREAL, SR

September 10, 2014

ROBERT CREAL SR of St. Petersburg, FL died September 10, 2014 at the age of 88. He was the owner of Creal Funeral Home. He became president of the Florida Mortuary Association in the late 70's. He later served on a governor-appointed board that oversaw new funeral home regulations and organized statewide seminars to educate black funeral home directors about the changes. He also served as a...
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MICHAEL JOHN CARLUCCI

September 7, 2014

MICHAEL JOHN CARLUCCI of Dunmore, PA died September 7, 2014 at the age of 94. He worked alongside his late parents, John "Jack" and Mary Coviello Carlucci and brother, Leonard at the Carlucci Funeral Home for over 65 years as a licensed Pennsylvania funeral director. A graduate of the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York, he was a member of the Lackawanna County...
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FRANCIS "F. W." STANLEY, JR

September 5, 2014

FRANCIS "F. W." STANLEY JR of Shelby, NC died September 5, 2014 at the age of 84. He was a fifth generation funeral director, owner and operator of Stanley Funeral Home in Goldsboro. He closed the family business in 1963. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1953, and is the only person to date to score "100" on the North Carolina State Board of Funeral Service Science...
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CAROL B. NEILL

August 31, 2014

CAROL B. NEILL of Mooresville, NC died August 31, 2014 at the age of 77. In 1980, he founded Neill Funeral Home, operating it for 34 years as a funeral director before selling it to, Clint Ingram, his mentee in late March. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1958.
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MELANIE HEATH BRYANT POSEY

August 30, 2014

MELANIE HEATH BRYANT POSEY of Paragould, AR died August 30, 2014 at the age of 43. She was a third generation funeral director, embalmer and assistant manager of the family business, Heath Funeral Home, which was founded by her grandparents, the late Verlyn L. and Helen Heath in 1945. In addition, she served as the founder and organizer for the funeral home's Tree of Memory Service. She was past...
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B. F. "BUDDY" LORIMER III

August 30, 2014

B. F. "BUDDY" LORIMER, III of Chattanooga, TN died August 30, 2014 at the age of 72. He was a licensed Tennessee funeral director and embalmer at Chattanooga Funeral Home. He worked at Booth Funeral Home in Rockwood, TN during high school. He graduated from the John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in 1963.
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ADRIAN F. BOYLSTON

August 29, 2014

ADRIAN F. BOYLSTON of Hilton Head Island, SC died August 29, 2014 at the age of 87. He served as publisher of the American Funeral Director and American Cemetery magazines, and the Blue Book of Funeral Directors for more than four decades. In 1959, he joined his father's company, Kates-Boylston Publications as advertising manager for the Midwest territory. Following the sudden death of his father...
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WILLIAM P. "BILL" RUTHERFORD

August 24, 2014

WILLIAM P. "BILL" RUTHERFORD of Columbus, OH died August 24, 2014 at the age of 91. He was president and CEO of Rutherford Funeral Homes and Crematories and was a licensed funeral director since 1944. He served as past president of the Cremation Association of North America, Central Ohio Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association, and the National Funeral Directors...
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CHARLES EDWIN HESS

August 22, 2014

CHARLES EDWIN HESS of Danville, WV formerly of Williamson, WV died August 22, 2014 at the age of 90. He was a licensed funeral director for 67 years and employed at Handley Funeral Home for 37 years.
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Pastor Bernard Doc Williams

August 22, 2014

PASTOR BERNARD "DOC" WILLIAMS of Birmingham, AL died August 22, 2014 at the age of 62. He was the president and owner of the Westside Funeral Home, which has locations in Fairfield and Calera. He was active in several national associations.
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WALTER L. SOJKA FUNERAL HOME

August 17, 2014

WALTER L. SOJKA FUNERAL HOME of West Town, IL died August 17, 2014 at the age of 84. He established the Walter L. Sojka Funeral Home in 1954 and managed it for over 60 years.
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STEPHEN G. THIAULT

August 15, 2014

STEPHEN G. THIAULT of Milo, ME died August 15, 2014 at the age of 74. He was employed at Eastern Maine Medical Center as a phlebotomist and lab technician. He later moved to Rumford in 1970, where he purchased and operated the S. G. Thibault Funeral Home until retiring in 2006. He graduated from the American Academy McAllister Institute Funeral Service in 1963.
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HOWARD JOHNSON, SR

August 12, 2014

HOWARD JOHNSON, SR of Bessemer, AL died August 12, 2014 at the age of 87. He began working in the funeral industry in 1944 under his mentor, Dr. Arthur George Gaston at his Smith and Gaston Funeral Home. In 1967, he purchased the firm from Gaston, renaming it Johnson Memorial Funeral Directors, which continues to be operated by his son, Howard Johnson, Jr. He was past treasurer of the Alabama...
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TERRY LEE PAYNE

August 11, 2014

TERRY LEE PAYNE of Hinton, WV died August 11, 2014 at the age of 72. He began his career in funeral service at E. M. Meadows Funeral Home. He man-aged the former Hunter & Hunter Funeral Home in Madison, WV from 1967 until 1970 and was also a former employee of Ronald Meadows Funeral Home in Hinton. He was an associate director at Pivont Funeral Home for the last 12 years. He graduated from the...
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JESSE BENJAMIN RICHMOND, JR

August 2, 2014

JESSE BENJAMIN RICHMOND JR of Gulfport, MS died August 2, 2014 at the age of 73. He was licensed in the state of Louisiana and Mississippi as a funeral director and embalmer. He served his apprenticeship at Cook-Richmond Funeral Home in Bogalusa, under the direction of his uncle, Moses L. Richmond. His uncle, Silas Richmond referred him to the late W. B. McDaniel, former owner of the W. B....
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JOSEPH J. WASIK

July 24, 2014

JOSEPH J. WASIK of Shelby Township and Presque Isle Harbor, MI died July 24, 2014 at the age of 72. He was the co-owner of the Wasik Funeral Homes, which has locations in Shelby Township and Warren. He was a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, where he recently received recognition for being a funeral director for 50 years.
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JIM YOST

July 22, 2014

JIM YOST of Champaign, IL died July 22, 2014 at the age of 69. He owned and operated Owens Funeral Home in Champaign and Blair-Owens Funeral Home in Mahomet.
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MIRIAM E. PIPES

July 14, 2014

MIRIAM E. PIPES of Detroit, MI died July 14, 2014 at the age of 74. She was the owner and president of Shugar's Publishing, which she founded in 1979. In 1993, Shugar's became a publishing company with The Purple Directory as its primary product. She served as a consultant for the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association and the Michigan Selected Mortician Association.
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JOSEPH TURNBULL DOHERTY

July 12, 2014

JOSEPH TURNBULL DOHERTY of Medford, MA and Somerville, MA died July 12, 2014 at the age of 89. He worked alongside his brother, George as a licensed funeral director at Doherty Funeral Service, Inc from 1969 until his retirement in 1989.
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SUVEE EVELYN GRAHAM SMITH

July 10, 2014

SUVEE EVELYN GRAHAM SMITH of St. Louis, MO died July 10, 2014 at the age of 98. In 1945, she and her late husband established the Wm Smith Funeral Home, which was one of the oldest black owned and operated funeral homes in St. Louis.
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FRED BIGGS

July 6, 2014

FRED BIGGS of Sedalia, MO died July 6, 2014 at the age of 80. He worked at Heckart Funeral Home as an ambulance driver and a funeral director for 55 years, retiring in 1999. He served as Pettis County coroner from 1981 until 2004.
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ROBERT E. SISK

July 5, 2014

ROBERT E. SISK of Wallingford, CT and Naples, FL died July 5, 2014 at the age of 69. He joined the family business, Sisk Brothers Funeral Homes in New Haven, Hamden, East Haven and Branford, CT as a funeral director and owner for many years. He was a member of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association and was also an Honorary Kentucky Colonel.
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JACKIE RAY PARTLOW

June 30, 2014

JACKIE RAY PARTLOW of Lebanon, TN died June 30, 2014 at the age of 73. He established Partlow Funeral Chapel in 1979. He graduated from the John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in 1963.
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MILTON JAMES , JR

June 29, 2014

MILTON JAMES JR of Lake Ariel, PA died June 29, 2014 at the age of 63. He was a licensed Pennsylvania funeral director for 40 years. He owned and operated the James Wilson Funeral Home, where he served as supervisor until his death. He previously served as partner at the Davies & Jones Funeral Chapel. He graduated from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York.
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MARGARET BEATRICE HILL STEWART

June 24, 2014

MARGARET BEATRICE HILL STEWART of Washington, DC died June 24, 2014 at the age of 97. She worked alongside her husband, John T. Stewart Jr., in operating the Stewart Funeral Home, which his father, John T. Stewart, Sr., had established in 1900. Together, they expanded the distinguished Stewart Funeral Services legacy into a business that has served the citizens of the metropolitan area for well...
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ERIC E. ZENTNER

June 18, 2014

ERIC E. ZENTNER of Joplin, MO died June 18, 2014 at the age of 45. He worked alongside his wife, the former Beth Fraley, as co-owner and operator of Fraley Funeral Supply. He was also a sales representative for Bass–Mollett Publishers Inc and Hydrol Chemical Company.
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JAMES HARRISON "HAL" LARIMER

June 16, 2014

JAMES HARRISON "HAL" LARIMER of Woodbury, TN died June 16, 2014 at the age of 94. He was a funeral director, undertaker, ambulance driver and owner of Woodbury Funeral Home, which he bought into with the late Claude and Audrey Wilcher.
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LEON WALLACE MANNING

June 15, 2014

LEON WALLACE MANNING of Pocatello, ID died June 15, 2014 at the age of 88. He was co-owner and co-founder of Colonial Funeral Home, which was established in 1993.
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MAYME THOMASENOR WALKER "TOMMIE" PEARSON

June 12, 2014

MAYME THOMASENOR WALKER "TOMMIE" PEARSON of Dublin, GA died June 12, 2014 at the age of 80. She was the owner of Dublin Funeral Home.
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CHARLES HENRY CHEW III

June 12, 2014

CHARLES HENRY CHEW III of Philadelphia, PA died June 12, 2014 at the age of 91. He was a licensed funeral director and mortician at The Chew Funeral Home, which was established by his father, Charles H. Chew Jr., in 1927. His two younger brothers, Edward and Ramsey later followed him into the business, renaming it Charles H. Chew and Sons. After the death of his father in 1970, he became a senior...
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STEPHEN A. FARNELLI, SR

June 6, 2014

STEPHEN A. FARNELLI SR of Williamstown, NJ died June 6, 2014 at the age of 81. In 1960, he and his late wife, Anita founded the Farnelli Funeral Home, which the family continues to operate. He received his degree from Eckels College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia. He was a member of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association, West Jersey Funeral Directors Association and the National...
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CHARLIE SAUER

June 5, 2014

CHARLIE SAUER of Middletown, NY, formerly of New Milford, NJ died June 5, 2014 at the age of 89. He was a dedicated employee with Ambassador Associates, a division of Good Will Publishers for 61 years.
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MARK VINCENT YANAITIS

June 4, 2014

MARK VINCENT YANAITIS of Plains, PA died June 4, 2014 at the age of 66. He was a funeral director at Yanaitis Funeral Home, which his father, Vincent W. Yanaitis established in 1938. He began operating the funeral home after his father passed in 1981. He continued his service for 41 years until retiring in 2013. His son, Christopher, a third generation funeral director took over operations of the...
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SANFORD B. EPSTEIN

June 4, 2014

SANFORD B. EPSTEIN of Parsippany-Morris Plains, NJ previously of Irvington, NJ died June 4, 2014 at the age of 78. He was the manager and caretaker of the Newark Jewish Cemeteries and Beth David Memorial Park. He formed Sanford B. Epstein, Inc., headquartered in Kenilworth, and joined his mother, Ida Margolis Epstein in forming I Epstein and Son, a maintenance and caretaking company for the Union...
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GERALD O. "JERRY" BAHNMILLER

May 28, 2014

GERALD O. "JERRY" BAHNMILLER of Jackson, MI died May 28, 2014 at the age of 92. He and his wife, Mildred, owned and operated the Bahnmiller Funeral Home in Saline for several years before selling it to Jim Robinson in 1984. The Bahnmillers purchased the funeral home from Francis and Alice Lockwood in 1961. He attended Wayne State University where he studied mortuary science. He was a member of...
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H. CRAIG MANN

May 24, 2014

H. CRAIG MANN of Philadelphia, PA died May 24, 2014 at the age of 66. He was president of Mann Funeral Home Inc in Olney for many years, which was established by his father, Henry in 1909. He became supervisor of the family business when his father died in 1993. He was a graduate of the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in Manhattan.
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ELMER HAROLD VIERKANT

May 21, 2014

ELMER HAROLD VIERKANT of Osage, IA died May 21, 2014 at the age of 85. He was a longtime funeral director, serving families in El Cajon since 1953. He served his internship under the direction of Milton Paris of Paris Mortuary. Elmer then moved to Lewis Colonial Mortuary where he served as a funeral director for several years. In 1961, he returned to manage Paris Mortuary, which eventually became...
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