Our Obituaries

HARVEY I. LAPIN

November 7, 2017

ATTY. HARVEY I. LAPIN of Northbrook, IL and Boca Raton, FL died November 7, 2017 at the age of 79. One of the first attorneys to specialize in the death care industry, he was active in the FTC Funeral Rule proceedings and helped to write legislation for several states. Harvey's articles were published by many industry publications as well as in the Cemetery and Funeral Business and Legal Guide...
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RICHARD F. MOSTER

October 5, 2017

RICHARD F. MOSTER of Rushville, IN died October 5, 2017 at the age of 83. He had been a licensed funeral director with Moster Mortuary in Rushville since 1958 and graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1954.
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MICHAEL J. BRUNO

October 3, 2017

Michael J. Bruno of Westchester, IL died October 3, 2017 at the age of 89. Mike was a 70 year licensed funeral director and embalmer in Illinois who started his career with Rago Brothers Funeral Home, Chicago, IL after graduating from Worsham College of Mortuary Science. He then obtained his own location, Hennessey-Bruno Funeral Home, Berkeley, IL until he sold. He has been associated with Conboy...
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STEPHEN H. RONEY

September 24, 2017

STEPHEN H. RONEY of Grafton, MA died September 24, 2017at the age of 68. A second generation funeral director, he owned and operated Roney Funeral Home alongside his wife, Diane and later his son, Chris. He graduated from the New England Institute of Anatomy Sanitary Science, Funeral Directing and Embalming in 1970. He was a member and former Chairman of the Board of Cemetery Commissioners in...
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JAMES RUSSELL RAMBO

September 23, 2017

JAMES RUSSELL RAMBO of Hendersonville, TN died September 23, 2017. He developed targeted training events for arrangement counselors, both pre-need and at need. He taught classes at industry conventions, conferences and mortuary schools, even served as interim president of Mid-America College of Funeral Service. He earned his Master of Divinity Degree from Asbury Theological Seminary.
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LESLIE WILLIAM POWELL, JR

September 22, 2017

LESLIE WILLIAM POWELL JR of South Boston, VA died September 22, 2017 at the age of 88. He was a second generation funeral director, co-owner and co-manager of the Powell Funeral Home. A graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he served as president of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association from 1981 until 1982 and was a member and former president of the Virginia State Board...
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ROY W. BLACKBURN

September 22, 2017

ROY W. BLACKBURN of Hopedale, OH died September 22, 2017 at the age of 75. He was a licensed funeral director, owner and operator of the Blackburn Funeral Homes in Hopedale, Jewett and Bergholz, OH. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
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WALTER MELVIN GRIGGS, JR

September 15, 2017

WALTER MELVIN GRIGGS JR of Buffalo, NY died September 15, 2017 at the age of 82. A licensed funeral director for more than 35 years, he was the owner and operator of the Walter M. Griggs Jr Funeral Home. He graduated from the Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in Syracuse, NY.
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RICHARD "DICK" ALLEN BRAUN

September 15, 2017

RICHARD "DICK" ALLEN BRAUN of Marco Island, FL, formerly of Adrian and Devils Lake, MI died September 15, 2017at the age of 92. A licensed funeral director, he and his brother, Ed, continued with their father's funeral business, Braun Brothers Funeral Home with chapels in Adrian and Brooklyn, MI. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1947. He served on the board of...
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MAURICE SCHOOLER

September 14, 2017

MAURICE SCHOOLER of Amarillo, TX died September 14, 2017 at the age of 83. He helped found Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors in 1962, which eventually became Griggs-Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors. He remained active in funeral services until his death, often assisting at Schooler Funeral Home, run by his son, Jim Schooler. He was a past recipient of the Panhandle Funeral Director of the Year...
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JOHN C. DAVIS

September 14, 2017

JOHN C. DAVIS of Danville, KY died September 14, 2017 at the age of 91. He worked for Preston Pruitt Spurlin Funeral Home for many years and was one of the longest licensed funeral directors and embalmers in the state of Kentucky, holding his license since 1951. He graduated from the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service.
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GEORGE L. PERRY

September 11, 2017

GEORGE L. PERRY of East Rockaway, NY died September 11, 2017 at the age of 87. He was a fifth generation funeral director and proprietor of the Perry Funeral Home Inc in Lynbrook, NY for five decades, retiring in 2003.
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EDWARD C. SWANSON

September 10, 2017

EDWARD C. SWANSON of Madison Heights, MI died September 10, 2017 at the age of 87. A funeral director in South Oakland County since 1961, he owned and operated Edward Swanson & Son Funeral Home. He began his first term as mayor in Madison Heights in 1999 and remained in office for 16 years, making him the second longest serving mayor in the city's history.
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CHARLES ROBERT COX

September 9, 2017

CHARLES ROBERT COX of Amarillo, TX died September 9, 2017 at the age of 54. In 1984, he began working for his mentor, Mack Gordon at Schooler-Gordon Funeral Home in Memphis, TX and maintained working for the funeral home as licensed funeral director until 1990. In 2003, he established Cox Funeral Home in Amarillo, TX and dedicated his Benton Chapel to the memory of his maternal grandparents, H. T...
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LARRY DUANE JOHNSON , SR

September 6, 2017

LARRY DUANE JOHNSON SR of Topeka, KS died September 6, 2017. He began working for Bowser Mortuary along with J. W. Jones Funeral Home of Kansas City as a licensed funeral director. In 1976, he and his wife, Harriett purchased Bowser Mortuary from Mrs. Bowser. In 1976, he changed the name to Bowser-Johnson Funeral Chapel and operated it at the Van Buren location until 1997, at which time, Johnson,...
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DAVID T. WARREN

August 30, 2017

DAVID T. WARREN of Wallingford, CT died August 30, 2017 at the age of 76. As a child, he and his family lived above the Thomas E. Fitzgerald Funeral Home, which was owned by his uncle, Thomas E. Fitzgerald. He served under the guidance of Fitzgerald until he established the Yalesville Funeral Home in 1972 and the Wallingford Funeral Home in 1997. A graduate of the American Academy McAllister...
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MICHAEL M. SMITH

August 29, 2017

MICHAEL M. SMITH of Danville, KY died August 29, 2017at the age of 77. A licensed funeral director and mortician for more than 50 years, he was the owner and operator of Smith-Jackson Funeral Home in Danville and Smith & Smith Funeral Home in Lexington. He graduated from the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science in Louisville.
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JOHN ELDON BARTON

August 24, 2017

JOHN ELDON BARTON of Wheeling, WV died August 24, 2017 at the age of 53. A licensed mortician since 1986, he was the head embalmer and funeral director at Kepner Funeral Homes for 30 years. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1986.
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HERBERT WALKER, JR

August 23, 2017

HERBERT WALKER JR of Cincinnati, OH died August 23, 2017 at the age of 75. He worked alongside his son, Herbert T. Walker III in owning and operating the Walker Funeral Home, which served families throughout Hamilton County.
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ANTHONY S. "TONY" RENDINA, JR

August 19, 2017

ANTHONY S. "TONY" RENDINA JR of Merrillville, IN died August 19, 2017 at the age of 85. He was a licensed funeral director in Indiana for 62 years. He owned and operated the Rendina Funeral Home in Gary with his brothers, Romeo and Vince, for the past 53 years. He served as president of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association.
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MARY FRANCES HAGAN

August 15, 2017

MARY FRANCES HAGAN of Brookeville, MD died August 15, 2017. She was the wife of the late Joseph E. Hagan of Joseph Gawler's Sons LLC, Washington DC. Mary began attending NFDA conventions with her husband in 1948. After Joe's passing in 2000 Mary continued to visit with her industry friends by attending the annual convention.
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CHARLES A JONES

August 15, 2017

CHARLES A JONES of East Palo Alto, CA died August 15, 2017at the age of 80. He established Jones Mortuary and served the residents of East Palo Alto and the surrounding communities for over 40 years as a licensed funeral director.
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JOHN W. GLUECKERT, SR

August 14, 2017

JOHN W. GLUECKERT SR of Arlington Heights, IL died August 14, 2017 at the age of 82. He started his career in the funeral industry working for Dick and Betty Black at Black's Memorial Home in downtown Arlington Heights. He later worked for Howard Haire as a licensed funeral director and manager of Haire Funeral Home, which he purchased in 1970. He renamed the funeral home in 1976 and in 1987...
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EDWARD DANIEL "MIKE" BERGIN

August 10, 2017

EDWARD DANIEL "MIKE" BERGIN of Waterbury, CT died August 10, 2017 at the age of 74. He was a licensed funeral director at his family's business, Bergin Funeral Home, for many years. He served as the state inspector of funeral service until his retirement in 2014. He had the distinction of being the longest serving mayor of the city of Waterbury. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of...
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HERB POPPLE

August 3, 2017

HERB POPPLE of Valrico, FL died August 3, 2017 at the age of 65. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for 41 years, he started in the funeral industry in Vermont in 1975 and in 1980 he moved to Brandon, FL where he worked in different capacities with Stowers Funeral Home and Hillsboro Memorial Home. In 2016, he retired from Loyless Funeral Home and Florida Mortuary Funeral and Cremation...
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LARRY L. HEITKAMP

August 3, 2017

LARRY L. HEITKAMP of St. Henry, OH died August 3, 2017at the age of 72. He was a licensed funeral director at the N. J. Hogenkamp Sons, Inc for over 51 years, managing the St. Henry funeral home. He was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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LISA BIJOLD

July 21, 2017

LISA BIJOLD, longtime industry veteran died July 21, 2017. Lisa spent 20 years in the mausoleum industry, and for the past two years was sales manager for Matthews Gibraltar Mausoleum, a division of Matthews Cemetery Products. As the first woman to sell both community and private mausoleum in the industry, Lisa excelled at helping her clients design and develop mausoleums. A special tribute was...
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BLANCHE LAWS-MCCONNELL

July 21, 2017

BLANCHE LAWS-MCCONNELL of Los Angeles, CA died July 21, 2017 at the age of 67. She was a licensed funeral director and manager of Angelus Funeral Home for 43 years. She graduated from the Texas Southern University with a degree in mortuary science. She was a member of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association Inc, California Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association, a Living...
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LISA MARIE BIJOLD

July 21, 2017

LISA MARIE BIJOLD of Cold Spring, MN died July 21, 2017at the age of 47. She worked as a sales manager for Cold Spring Granite for many years, and was currently employed by Gibraltar Mausoleum and Matthews Cemetery Products.
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JOE THOMAS WINSTEAD

July 11, 2017

JOE THOMAS WINSTEAD of Hattiesburg, MS died July 11, 2017 at the age of 66. He was vice president of Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home. He worked in the family business for 52 years. He graduated from the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in 1972.
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LARRY "DIGGER" KRIVOSHEIN

July 11, 2017

LARRY "DIGGER" KRIVOSHEIN of Walla Walla, WA died July 11, 2017at the age of 79. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for 35 years, he was the former owner and operator of Groseclose Funeral Home, which he purchased from Bob Groseclose in 1965. He retired in 1992 and sold the business. He was a member of the Washington State Funeral Directors Association.
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FRANK J. KAPETANOVICH

July 8, 2017

FRANK J. KAPETANOVICH of Pittsburgh, PA died July 8, 2017 at the age of 46. He worked at the Thomas P. Kunsak Funeral Home as a licensed funeral director and was affiliated with the Andrew T. Scheid Funeral Home in Millersville and Lancaster. A graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Professional Car Society, Inc.
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JOHN STANLEY CREIGHTON

July 8, 2017

JOHN STANLEY CREIGHTON of Selma, CA died July 8, 2017at the age of 88. In 1964, he purchased the Garner Funeral Chapel in Kingsburg. He officially retired from the Creighton Memorial Chapel in 1998, and up until about a year ago, has been in the funeral home for one reason or another.
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JACE LARRABEE

July 6, 2017

JACE LARRABEE of Clarkston, WA died July 6, 2017 at the age of 60. He was a licensed funeral director and manager of the Coeur d'Alene Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery in Coeur d'Alene, ID. He later moved to Seattle, WA to work for Acacia Funeral Home and Memorial Park and eventually returning to the Lewiston-Clarkson Valley and the family business, Merchant and Mountain View Funeral Homes. He...
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CHARLES "SCOTTIE" M. SCOTT , SR

June 29, 2017

CHARLES M. SCOTT "SCOTTIE" SR of South Toledo, OH died June 29, 2017 at the age of 80. He served Toledo and the surrounding communities for sixty years. He began working as a licensed funeral director at the former Bennett Funeral Home. He became manager of the Boyer-Van Wormer Funeral Home in 1971 and later purchased the business from the Van Wormer family. In 1985, he acquired the Bersticker...
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BARBARA L. DIERKES RUSH

June 26, 2017

BARBARA L. DIERKES RUSH of Powhatan Point, OH, formerly of Dunkirk, NY, Moundsville, WV and Clarington, OH died June 26, 2017 at the age of 69. A retired funeral director, she and her late husband, Vernon "Butch" Rush owned and operated Rush Funeral Homes, Inc in Clarington and Sardis, OH for many years. She received her state of Ohio funeral directors license and graduated from the West Virginia...
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LARRY G. HUGHES

June 24, 2017

LARRY G. HUGHES of Marion, IL died June 24, 2017 at the age of 77. He was a licensed funeral director for over 51 years. He worked alongside Leonard Mitchell at Mitchell Funeral Home before partnering in 1970 and in 1982 he purchased the business. He later acquired Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin. He received a degree in mortuary science from the Southern Illinois University School of...
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HAROLD LEE MASSEY

June 23, 2017

HAROLD LEE MASSEY of Roanoke Rapids, NC died June 23, 2017 at the age of 62. He was a licensed funeral director, owner and operator of Massey Funeral Homes in Jackson, Aulander and Roanoke Rapids. He received a degree in mortuary science from the John Tyler Community College in Chester, VA.
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RICHARD "DICK" WALKER

June 22, 2017

RICHARD "DICK" WALKER of Commerce, TX died June 22, 2017 at the age of 72. He was a licensed funeral director at the Rhoton Funeral Home in Carrollton before owning and operating the Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home in Commerce. He enrolled in the mortuary science program at the University of Minnesota and attended the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service.
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GEORGE "SONNY" W. MEADOWS II

June 19, 2017

GEORGE "SONNY" W. MEADOWS II of Buffalo, NY died June 19, 2017 at the age of 76. He was a licensed funeral director at the former Meadows Brothers Funeral Home, which was established by his father, Huby Sr in 1936. He co-owned and co-managed the firm alongside his brother, Huby Jr from 1975 until 1992 when the business closed. He graduated from the Simmons School of Mortuary Science in 1964.
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RICHARD LLOYD SANDBERG

June 19, 2017

RICHARD LLOYD SANDBERG of Janesville, MN died June 19, 2017 at the age of 83. He was a third generation funeral director, owner and operator of the Sandberg and Arnoldt Funeral Homes in Waseca and Janesville, MN. In 1956 he received a degree in mortuary science from the University of Minnesota.
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SAMUEL R. LOCKLEAR, SR

June 19, 2017

SAMUEL R. LOCKLEAR SR of Pembroke, NC died June 19, 2017 at the age of 88. He was the first American Indian to be licensed as a funeral director in Robeson County. In 1952, he began working at Locklear Funeral Home, which was established by his parents, Luther H. and Pattie Hunt Locklear in 1948. He acquired ownership of the Locklear & Son Funeral Home after his father retired in 1965. He...
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CARL RICHARD CLIFTON

June 18, 2017

CARL RICHARD CLIFTON of DeLand, FL died June 18, 2017 at the age of 75. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for 57 years, he began working at the Allen-Summerhill Funeral Home in DeLand on the weekends his junior year in high school. On the day of his high school graduation, he moved into the funeral home to work full-time and later acquired ownership of the facility, which he had operated...
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PHILIP KIRKWOOD HAMILTON

June 14, 2017

PHILIP KIRKWOOD HAMILTON II of Mt. Clemens and Benton Harbor, MI died June 14, 2017 at the age of 53. He served families in the metro Detroit area as a fifth generation funeral director and owner of the Wm. R. Hamilton Co. Funeral Home. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State School of Mortuary Science.
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RONALD E. PECHACEK

June 12, 2017

RONALD E. PECHACEK of Chester, IL died June 12, 2017 at the age of 63. He was a licensed funeral director for over 40 years. He started work at Dashner Funeral Home in Red Bud, IL in 1976. In 1984, he went to work for the Welge Funeral Home in Chester, IL and purchased the business in 1990. He owned and operated the Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud and Evansville and Pechacek-McClure...
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JOHN J."JACK" HARLAND

June 12, 2017

JOHN J."JACK" HARLAND of Port Henry, NY died June 12, 2017 at the age of 85. He worked at Harland Funeral Home for over 65 years as a licensed funeral director and served as Essex county coroner for 12 years. He graduated from the Simmons Institute of Funeral Service.
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ROBERT "BOB" KENNETH GORDON

June 11, 2017

ROBERT "BOB" KENNETH GORDON of Secane, PA died June 11, 2017 at the age of 32. He was a training supervisor for Answering Service for Directors of Media, PA.
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DWIGHT E. DENNEY

June 10, 2017

DWIGHT E. DENNEY of Milton, IN died June 10, 2017 at the age of 60. A licensed funeral director, he graduated from the Mid-America College of Funeral Service.
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WILLIAM L. "BILL' SHORTS, SR

June 9, 2017

WILLIAM L. "BILL' SHORTS SR of Ft. Myers, FL died June 9, 2017 at the age of 92. He worked as a licensed funeral director in Warren, OH before moving to Ravenna, OH in 1954 to establish the Shorts Funeral Home and Ambulance Service. In 1975, he opened his second funeral home in Streetsboro. He continued to own and operate the firms until selling them to his son, Bill Jr., in 1990. A 1950 graduate...
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PHILIP M. KAPLAN

June 8, 2017

PHILIP M. KAPLAN of Boynton Beach, FL died June 8, 2017 at the age of 76. He began his funeral career in 1962 in Rochester, NY, where he had owned the Parsky Funeral Home.
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THOMAS "TOMMY JO" JOSEPH CUNNINGHAM

June 7, 2017

THOMAS "TOMMY JO" JOSEPH CUNNINGHAM of Kilgore, TX died June 7, 2017 at the age of 64. He was a licensed funeral director, owner and operator of Cunningham Funeral Home for 32 years. A graduate of the Dallas Institute of Funeral Services, he was past president of the Independent Funeral Directors Association, associate member of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association and a...
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CLARENCE M. WOOD, JR

June 6, 2017

CLARENCE M. WOOD JR of Philadelphia, PA died June 6, 2017 at the age of 90. He and his wife, Geraldine Bowser Wood founded Wood Funeral Home Inc in 1959 from inspiration of two family members who were already funeral directors, Elmer "Bus" Bullock in Harve de Grace, MD and Newton S. Bowser in Topeka, KS. In 1991, the business was transformed from a sole proprietorship to a partnership under the...
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STANLEY H. FRYCZYNSKI, JR

June 4, 2017

STANLEY H. FRYCZYNSKI JR of Bayonne, NJ died June 4, 2017 at the age of 90. He was a licensed funeral director, owner and operator of the S. Fryczynski & Son Funeral Home for over 40 years, which was established by his father in 1917. He graduated from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service.
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JOHN DANIEL CARON

June 1, 2017

JOHN DANIEL CARON of North Andover, MA died June 1, 2017 at the age of 77. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer in North Andover and Haverhill, having worked alongside his father at the R. George Caron Funeral Home and later the N. Power O'Connor Funeral Home. He then became the owner and operator of the Caron Funeral Home in North Andover. He received a diploma in Sanitary Science,...
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EDWARD J. WAITT

May 29, 2017

EDWARD J. WAITT of Brockton, MA died May 29, 2017 at the age of 98. He was Massachusetts' oldest active licensed funeral director for almost 70 years, during which time, he established Waitt Funeral Home with his wife, Kay in 1928. He graduated from the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in 1947.
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DENNIS W. BOOM

May 20, 2017

DENNIS W. BOOM of Dallas, TX died May 20, 2017 at the age of 77. He was a long-time owner of what is now known as the Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell Funeral Homes and Cremation Services. He purchased the funeral home in St. Paul, MN in 1981 from Earl and Roswitha Holcomb and in 1993, he and his wife, Elaine, expanded the business to include a second location in Shoreview, MN. The booms lived above...
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JOHN "JACK" K. WATKINS

May 19, 2017

JOHN "JACK" K. WATKINS of Sylvania, OH died May 19, 2017 at the age of 87. He worked at the Reeb Funeral Home as an embalmer, funeral director and ambulance driver where he had been employed since he was twelve years old doing yard work and other errands. He retired as partner in 2012 and continued to help at the funeral home. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1959...
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KATHREN LOIS RITCHEY WILLIAMS

May 16, 2017

KATHREN LOIS RITCHEY WILLIAMS of Redmond, OR died May 16, 2017 at the age of 77. She worked alongside her husband, Wally Williams as a licensed funeral director. Together, they purchased the Driskill Memorial Chapel in John Day, OR after the death of Carl Driskill. In 1980, she moved to Bend, OR, where she started working for Paul Reynolds at Niswonger Reynold Funeral Home and in 1986 she moved...
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ROBERT G. SHORT

May 15, 2017

ROBERT G. SHORT of Archbold, OH died May 15, 2017 at the age of 90. In 1949, he joined his father, the late Joseph L. Short, in the family business, Short Funeral Home, as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He remained active in the funeral home for more than 65years, making him one of the longest serving funeral directors in Ohio. A graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science,...
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DORIS E. BAKER

May 15, 2017

DORIS E. BAKER of Zanesville, OH died May 15, 2017 at the age of 98. She joined the staff of the Bateman Memorial Home where her father, the late William DeLong, was manager and part owner. A graduate of the Cleveland College of Embalming, she passed the Ohio State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors exams, receiving both licenses in 1939, making her the only women in the area to hold both...
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B.D. BUD HUNTER

May 14, 2017

B.D. "BUD" HUNTER of Springfield, IL died May 14, 2017 at the age of 87. He worked for the S. P. Wright Advertising Co. that provided advertising and consulting services to the funeral industry. He purchased the company and expanded the scope of the business on an international scale. In the late 1960's, Hunter founded Amedco, Inc, which later became the second largest manufacturer of burial...
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BILL DEBERRY, SR.

May 13, 2017

Bill DeBerry Sr of Denton, TX died May 13, 2017 at the age of 84. He served the funeral industry for over 64 years as a licensed funeral director. He began working for the J. Levy Funeral Home in Galveston before moving to Denton to work for J. B. Floyd at the Schmitz-Floyd-Hamlett Funeral Home and later for Bob Schmitz at Jack Schmitz and Son Funeral Home. At the time Schmitz retired, he went...
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PATRICK FARRELL

May 13, 2017

PATRICK FARRELL of Rochester Hills, MI died May 13, 2017at the age of 79. He served a 41-year career with the Mt. Elliott Cemetery Association, where he excelled to the position of CEO and general manager until his retirement in 2004.
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FRANCES E. MESSMER MCCOMBS

May 13, 2017

FRANCES E. MESSMER MCCOMBS of Connersville, IN died May 13, 2017 at the age of 89. She worked alongside her husband, Paul W. McCombs for several years as a secretary, who along with Gene and Jeannie Krepp owned and operated Mac Machine & Metal Works.
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MARJEAN S. McCOLAUGH

May 3, 2017

MARJEAN S. McCOLAUGH of Xenia, OH died May 3, 2017 at the age of 99. In 1960, together with her late husband Bob, they purchased the former Nagley Funeral Home in Xenia and proudly founded the current McColaugh Funeral Home based on their dedication to serve families in their time of need.
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NORMAN DUGGAN HOLMAN, SR

April 30, 2017

NORMAN DUGGAN HOLMAN SR of Headland, AL died April 30, 2017 at the age of 73. He served as Henry County Coroner for twenty-four years and was president of the Headland & Abbeville Mortuaries, Inc before retiring in 2016 as a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Alabama and Florida. A 1965 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Academy of Graduate...
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LANCE W. ULEN

April 27, 2017

LANCE W. ULEN of Harrisburg, PA died April 27, 2017 at the age of 73. He was a third generation licensed funeral director for over 40 years. He was president and supervisor for the Hooper Memorial Home, Inc, which was established by his grandfather, Walter J.B. Hooper Sr., in 1898. A graduate of the Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, GA, he was a member of the National Funeral...
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IVAN E. BEYERS, JR

April 27, 2017

IVAN E. BEYERS, JR of Leesburg, FL died April 27, 2017 at the age of 94. He was a second generation funeral director, owner and operator of Beyers Funeral Home. A graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a recipient of the Clyde Lankford award for funeral service. He was a member of the Florida Funeral Directors of Florida and the Independent Funeral Directors of Florida.
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STEPHEN N. STEINBERG

April 26, 2017

STEPHEN N. STEINBERG of Manhasset, NY died April 26, 2017 at the age of 74. He worked alongside his brother, Franklin O. L. Steinberg as the owner and operator of Sunset Chapels, Inc for 52 years. He graduated from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in 1957.
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GALE A. GOHLKE

April 26, 2017

GALE A. GOHLKE of Monroe, WI died April 26, 2017 at the age of 77. He was a licensed funeral director for over 50 years, serving area communities like Poynette, Kenosha, Racine, Albany, and Janesville. He served the Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home in Monroe for the past 21 years. He graduated from the Wisconsin Scholl of Mortuary Science in Milwaukee.
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WILLIAM "BILL" JOSEPH KOCH

April 24, 2017

WILLIAM "BILL" JOSEPH KOCH of Ridge, NY died April 24, 2017 at the age of 97. He worked as an insurance salesman, manager and investigator for 25 years. After retiring in 1982, he began working for various funeral homes on the East end of Long Island as a licensed funeral director and embalmer until he was 94. He graduated from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in 1949.
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PETER M. CONNELL

April 20, 2017

PETER M. CONNELL of Huntington, NY died April 20, 2017 at the age of 83. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer at the M.A. Connell Funeral Home, which his father, Michael A. Connell established in 1923. After his father died in 1955, he and his younger brother inherited the business, which prompted his enrollment in mortician school. He lived in an apartment above the business with his...
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JOSEPH E. NUTTER

April 13, 2017

JOSEPH E. NUTTER of Lost Creek, WV died April 13, 2017 at the age of 80. He was the former owner, funeral director and embalmer at Davis Weaver Funeral Home in Clarksburg, WV, retiring in 2003. A graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, he conducted a seminar on Death and the Clergy for the American College in Belgium. He was a member of the West Virginia Funeral Directors...
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JOHN V. SERPAS, JR

March 29, 2017

JOHN V. SERPAS JR of Covington, LA died March 29, 2017 at the age of 93. He was a leader in the funeral industry for over 76 years with Orleans Manufacturing and Orleans Casket Company in Mandeville, LA. He was a member of the Casket & Funeral Supply Association.
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GEORGE WELDON BRIGGS

March 28, 2017

GEORGE WELDON BRIGGS of Jennings, LA died March 28, 2017 at the age of 96. He was the oldest licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state of Louisiana. A graduate of the Southern School of Morticians in Shreveport, he was a member of the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association.
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DAVID L. "DAVE" SEELEY

March 28, 2017

DAVID L. "DAVE" SEELEY of Bellefontaine, OH died March 28, 2017 at the age of 60. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer at Eichholtz Funeral Home for over 35 years. He was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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HERSCHEL ERNEST KIMES, JR

March 26, 2017

HERSCHEL ERNEST KIMES, JR of Parkersburg, WV died March 26, 2017 at the age of 87. He was a licensed funeral director and owner of Kimes Funeral Home until 1977. He was the great uncle of Rob Kimes, WVFDA Executive Director and Brad Kimes, current owner of Kimes Funeral Home.
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RICHARD L. EBERSOLE

March 24, 2017

RICHARD L. EBERSOLE of Conway Springs, KS died March 24, 2017at the age of 85. He served his apprenticeship at the Elliott Funeral Home in Hutchinson, KS in 1957 before moving to Conway Springs in 1960 to purchase Ebersole Mortuary. He continued to serve the Conway Springs community and the surrounding area for the next 57 years as a licensed funeral director, embalmer and owner. He graduated...
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LOUIS CHARLES "L.C" POWELL

March 23, 2017

LOUIS CHARLES "L.C" POWELL of Hattiesburg, MS died March 23, 2017at the age of 78. He was a licensed funeral director at Smith Funeral Home in Columbia, MS. He previously worked at Hall Fairly and Golden Gate Funeral Home & Chapel of Hattiesburg, MS.
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GARY L. WALLIN

March 21, 2017

GARY L. WALLIN of Oak Harbor, WA died March 21, 2017 at the age of 68. He worked for Bartleson Funeral Home as a licensed funeral director and embalmer before he founded Wallin Ambulance Service in 1976, alongside his brother, Ron. In the early 1980s, the ambulance service transitioned to Whidbey General Hospital, where Gary became department head. While still working at the hospital, Gary began...
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LARRY C. THOMPSON

March 20, 2017

LARRY C. THOMPSON of Sheboygan, WI died March 20, 2017 at the age of 76. He was a licensed funeral director in Watertown and Waterloo, WI before relocating to Sheboygan, where in 1992 he took a position at the Novak-Ramm-Ziegler Funeral Home until 2005. He then assisted other local funeral homes until his retirement. He graduated with a degree in mortuary science from the Milwaukee Area Technical...
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CLAIR GRIGGS

March 17, 2017

CLAIR GRIGGS of Newark, OH died March 17, 2017 at the age of 90. He and his wife, Lois, established Courtesy Ambulance and Courtesy Funeral Livery in 1971. He graduated from Cleveland Mortuary College in 1954 and was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, where he had been recognized for holding a funeral director license for over 50 years.
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JOHN DELMER LONGANACRE

March 15, 2017

JOHN DELMER LONGANACRE of Fort Spring, WV died March 15, 2017 at the age of 79. He was a funeral director for over 50 years, beginning his career with the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte, and later served as the owner and operator of Longanacre Funeral Home in Fairlea and Fort Spring, WV.
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RUTH MYERS MATICS

March 15, 2017

RUTH MYERS MATICS of Clendenin, WV died March 15, 2017 at the age of 81. She was the co-owner of Matics Funeral Home Inc and was a member of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association and the Capital City District Funeral Directors Association.
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ROBERT "BO" HAGEMIER

March 14, 2017

ROBERT "BO" HAGEMIER of Indianapolis, IN died March 14, 2017at the age of 72. He was a partner at the Indiana law firm, Hagemier Allen & Smith, which focused on business litigation. He was instrumental in shaping Indiana laws dealing with funeral services, such as the Practice Act, the Pre-Need Act and the Funeral Planning Declaration in the Rights of Disposition. He was well-known for his work...
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FRANCIS "FRAN" BERGIN

March 10, 2017

FRANCIS "FRAN" BERGIN of Twin Falls, ID died March 10, 2017at the age of 82. He was a licensed funeral director, owner and operator of Bergin Funeral Chapel in Shoshone, ID. He also operated an ambulance service in Lincoln County, was elected coroner for Lincoln County and worked as a secretary/treasurer for the Shoshone Cemetery. He attended mortuary college in San Francisco.
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RICHARD E. MYERS

March 8, 2017

RICHARD E. MYERS of North Ogden, UT died March 8, 2017 at the age of 85. He was a licensed funeral director at Myers Mortuary, which over the past 64 years, has operated alongside his business partners, his father Elmer; his sons, Greg and Shaun; and his grandsons, Matthew and Marcus. He graduated from the Los Angeles College of Mortuary Science and was the founder of the NFDA's Pursuit of...
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THOMAS PAUL HOLTZ

March 5, 2017

THOMAS PAUL HOLTZ of New Berlin, WI died March 5, 2017 at the age of 74. He was a Wisconsin funeral director and a member of the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association.
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RICHARD L. GOODIE

March 5, 2017

RICHARD L. GOODIE of Rising Sun, MD died March 5, 2017 at the age of 85. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 50 years, he has been working for the R. T. Foard Funeral Home since 1985. He graduated from the Eckels College of Mortuary Science in 1951.
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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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R. DAVIS HARPER

March 3, 2017

R. DAVIS HARPER of Temple, TX died March 3, 2017 at the age of 58. He worked as a fourth generation funeral director at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home before he and his partner, Philip Scanio established Scanio-Harper Funeral Home in 1997. He graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1979.
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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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ALYCE LOUISE CARTER GRIFFIN

February 28, 2017

ALYCE LOUISE CARTER GRIFFIN of Chicago, IL died February 28, 2017 at the age of 98. She worked alongside her husband, Ernest A. Griffin as a licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 50 years. Together they purchased the Bell Auto and Undertaking Company from his father, Stephen A. Griffin in 1947, operating it as Griffin Funeral Home, Ltd. In 1955, Ernest passed away and Alyce, along with...
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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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