Our Obituaries

ROBERT P. SCHILDMEYER

March 29, 2016

ROBERT P. SCHILDMEYER of Loveland, OH died March 29, 2016 at the age of 89. Along with his wife Marilyn, their sons, Lawrence T. and Terry S. Schildmeyer and grandson Lawrence Schildmeyer Jr, Robert operated the Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Centers.
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HARVEY "PARKER" TAGSOLD, JR

March 23, 2016

HARVEY "PARKER" TAGSOLD JR of Blissfield, MI died March 23, 2016 at the age of 80. He was a licensed funeral director and a partner in his family's business, Tagsold Funeral Home and Tagsold Furniture, with his father, and later with his son, Douglas, until his retirement in 1984. He graduated from Wayne State University in 1956.
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WILLIAM H. "BILL" FORD, SR

March 16, 2016

WILLIAM H. "BILL" FORD, SR of Englewood, FL and formerly of Fairmont, WV died March 16, 2016 at the age of 92. In 1952, he and his brother, Joseph, established Ford Funeral Home in Fairmont. They later purchased R. C. Jones Funeral Home in 1966, DeGarmo Funeral Home in 1982 and Allen Funeral Home in 1999. He worked at various levels in funeral service within the West Virginia Funeral Directors...
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MARION G. "SKIP" BURCHAM

March 16, 2016

MARION G. "SKIP" BURCHAM of Fairborn, OH died March 16, 2016 at the age of 67. He was a licensed funeral director for over 40 years. He began his employment at Littleton Funeral Home in 1971 and remained there for 18 years. During that time, he was a partner in the Littleton Funeral Home with his friend Tom Rue. In 1989 he returned to his family's business, Burcham Funeral Home in Fairborn, and...
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JOHN B. "JACK" WHITE

March 12, 2016

JOHN B. "JACK" WHITE of Mankato, MN died March 12, 2016 at the age of 85. He was a funeral director for over 50 years.
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LARRY A. DORFMEYER

March 9, 2016

LARRY A. DORFMEYER of Holland, OH died March 9, 2016 at the age of 65. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer at the Foth–Dorfmeyer Mortuary in Toledo, OH. He graduated from the University of Minnesota–College of Mortuary Science and was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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EDWARD "ED" GEORGE DEISLER

March 9, 2016

EDWARD "ED" GEORGE DEISLER of Saginaw, MI died March 9, 2016 at the age of 91. He served the community of Saginaw as a licensed funeral director for more than 68 years. He was a third generation funeral director and president of Deisler Funeral Home from 1951 until he retired in 1989. He was extremely proud that the Deisler Funeral Home was, and still is, the oldest funeral home in the Saginaw...
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Carl H Russell, Jr

March 7, 2016

CARL H. RUSSELL JR of Winston-Salem, NC died March 7, 2016 at the age of 70. He was a licensed funeral director, embalmer and president of Russell Funeral Services, Inc. He was a member of the Funeral Directors and Morticians Association of North Carolina and the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association.
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Henry L. J. Peebles

March 2, 2016

HENRY L. J. PEEBLES of Suffolk, VA died March 2, 2016 at the age of 83. He was a licensed mortician and embalmer in both Virginia and North Carolina. He was past president of the Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers, Virginia Mortician Association, Norfolk Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association and was a member of the Epsilon Nu Delta Fraternity.
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THOMAS "TOM" KAMM

March 1, 2016

THOMAS "TOM" KAMM of Denver, CO died March 1, 2016 at the age of 75. He established All-States Cremation in 1986 and All Veterans Burial & Cremation in 1989. He graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science.
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Nicholas "Nick" F. Handler, Sr

February 28, 2016

NICHOLAS "NICK" F. HANDLER JR of Tecum-seh, MI died February 28, 2016 at the age of 56. He joined Couture-Ochalek Funeral Home in 1995 as a licensed funeral director and became a full partner in 1997, renaming the business to Couture-Handler Funeral Homes. Handler then became a sole-proprietor of the Tecumseh and Clinton locations in April 2006. The businesses were later changed to Handler...
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Ellsworth D Purdy

February 27, 2016

ELLSWORTH D. PURDY of Vancouver, WA died February 27, 2016 at the age of 91. He was well known in the funeral and cemetery industry as a progressive leader and advocate for change. Understanding that consumer needs were evolving, and that the industry needed to listen and seek creative answers to better serve, he devoted the better part of his career in search of those answers. He served as a...
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Nelson Edward Hayes

February 25, 2016

NELSON EDWARD HAYES of Matthews, NC died February 25, 2016 at the age of 75. He was a licensed North Carolina funeral director, embalmer and Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) at Davis Funeral Service in Monroe. He was a former manufacture's sales representative for North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia with Pierce Chemicals Royal Bond Company of Dallas, TX. He graduated from the...
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Paul A Robinson

February 24, 2016

PAUL A. ROBINSON of Gary, IN died February 24, 2016 at the age of 58. He was the owner and operator of The House of Robinson Funeral Directors for 28 years. He was a member of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association.
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Armand Chevrette

February 24, 2016

ARMAND CHEVRETTE of Milford, CT died February 24, 2016 at the age of 66. He was the president of Mountain Grove Cemetery Association, where he worked for 46 years. He previously served as president of the Connecticut Cemetery Association, New England Cemetery Association and the Cremation Association of North America.
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Samuel Whitelock Purviance

February 20, 2016

SAMUEL WHITELOCK PURVIANCE of Wake-field, VA died February 20, 2016 at the age of 94. He was a licensed funeral director, who owned and operated Purviance Funeral Home alongside his wife, Hilda for nearly 50 years. He also operated funeral homes in Boykins and Jarrett, VA. A 1942 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a former president of the Tidewater Funeral Directors...
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Clyde Stephens Jr

February 15, 2016

CLYDE STEPHENS JR of Franklin, TN died Feb-ruary 15, 2016 at the age of 78. He started in the funeral industry in 1969 working at the former Franklin Memorial Chapel, and in 1972 he began managing Williamson Memorial Gardens. Later in 1980 he founded Williamson Memorial Funeral Home and in 2000, along with his family, opened Spring Hill Memorial Park & Funeral Home. He served two terms as the...
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Sarah Eleanor Ferrell Koch

February 9, 2016

SARAH ELEANOR FERRELL KOCH of Freeport, OH died February 9, 2016 at the age of 82. She was employed by Tinker Funeral Home in Kent before purchasing the former McCoy Funeral Home in Freeport alongside her husband, David H. Koch, Jr in 1967. She served her apprenticeship under Dave and became a licensed funeral director. In 1980, her husband died and she continued to operate the firm until selling...
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Wanda Saunders Willis

February 7, 2016

WANDA SAUNDERS WILLIS of Gallipolis, OH died February 7, 2016 at the age of 75. She and her husband, Cleeland Ray Willis, founded Willis Funer-al Home in 1974. She was a member of the Ohio Fu-neral Directors Association.
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Lem Long, Jr

February 7, 2016

LEM LONG JR of Charlotte, NC died February 7, 2016 at the age of 94. He worked alongside his wife, EDDIE JENETTA VAUGHN LONG, as a licensed funeral director, embalmer, owner, and operator of Long & Son Mortuary Service for 68 years. Mrs. Long passed away November 7, 2015 at the age of 93.
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Raymond E. "Gene" Crawshaw

February 4, 2016

RAYMOND E. "GENE" CRAWSHAW of Mur-physboro, IL died February 4, 2016 at the age of 84. He joined his father, the late Raymond A. Crawshaw in operating Crawshaw Funeral Home. He retired in 1994 after serving 40 years as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He graduated from the St. Louis College of Mortuary Science, was past president of the Egyptian Funeral Association and was a member of...
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MICHAEL J. GEARHART

February 3, 2016

MICHAEL J. GEARHART of Van Wert, OH died February 3, 2016 at the age of 63. He was a licensed funeral director and owner of the Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory. He retired after 40 years of service and was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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David "Gabby" Alan Adair

January 31, 2016

DAVID "GABBY" ALAN ADAIR of Knob Noster, MO died January 31, 2016 at the age of 62. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer at Sweeney-Phillips and Holdren Funeral Home in Warrensburg for over 14 years. He worked at Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola, IA in 1982 and served as superintendant until 1996.
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James Thomas "Jimmie" Bramlett, Jr

January 27, 2016

JAMES THOMAS "JIMMIE" BRAMLETT, JR of Topeka, KS died January 27, 2016 the age of 92. He worked as a licensed funeral director and embalmer at several funeral homes in Muskogee and Tulsa, and operated the Chaney Funeral Home in McAlister alongside his wife, Wilma Beatrice Iler. He later worked as a casket sales representative for the Rex-Metallic, National and Batesville Casket Companies. He...
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ROBERT D. "BOB" GRAY, JR

January 26, 2016

ROBERT D. "BOB" GRAY JR of Skaneateles, NY died January 26, 2016. He established the Robert D. Gray Funeral Home in 1975. He graduated from the Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in 1968 and was past president and member of the Onondaga-Oswego Funeral Directors Association and served on the Lake View Cemetery Board for 25 years.
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HENRY ELLIS MCGILL, JR

January 21, 2016

REV DR. HENRY ELLIS MCGILL JR of Marion, SC died January 21, 2016 at the age of 80. He was a South Carolina licensed funeral director. He and his wife, Jacqueline acquired her father's business, Henry L. Jackson Funeral Home in 1968, which later became Jackson & McGilll Funeral Service.
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JOHN "BILL" FUSSELMAN

January 19, 2016

JOHN "BILL" FUSSELMAN of Syracuse, NY died January 19, 2016 at the age of 88. He worked as a licensed embalmer and funeral director for 60 years. In 1953, he opened the Fusselman Funeral Home in Louisville. In 1964 he along with his business partner, Milo Perry, purchased Sattler Funeral Home in Plattsmouth, NE. In 1968 he purchased Tonsing Funeral Home in Syracuse and operated the Fusselman...
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WILLIE B. GODWIN

January 18, 2016

WILLIE B. GODWIN of Lake City, SC died January 18, 2016 at the age of 86. He was a licensed funeral director and co-owner of Graham and Godwin Funeral Home.
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STEPHEN ELMO WEEKS

January 17, 2016

STEPHEN ELMO WEEKS of Savannah, GA died January 17, 2016 at the age of 96. He joined his father and brother in the family business, Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, as a third generation funeral director. He was past president of the Georgia Funeral Directors Association and a member of the National Selected Morticians.
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CLAUDIA ELIZABETH BURNAM

January 16, 2016

CLAUDIA ELIZABETH BURNAM of Louisville, KY died January 16, 2016 at the age of 58. She was a licensed funeral director, embalmer, owner and operator of Burnam & Son Mortuary, Inc., where she worked alongside her father, Claude E. Burnam, Jr and siblings for over 38 years. A graduate of the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science, she was a member of Kentucky Funeral Directors Association.
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SHIRLEY IRENE STOCKER

January 15, 2016

SHIRLEY IRENE STOCKER of Bradenton, FL died January 15, 2016 at the age of 80. She was the co-owner and secretary of Stocker Funeral Home in Covington, OH for 44 years. She was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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JAMES V. "SONNY" BONNETT

January 15, 2016

JAMES V. "SONNY" BONNETT of Nitro, WV died January 15, 2016 at the age of 82. He was an employee at Cooke Funeral Home and a member of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association.
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GEORGE F. RIDGEWAY

January 13, 2016

GEORGE F. RIDGEWAY of Heath, OH died January 13, 2016 at the age of 69. He was an Ohio licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 35 years. Throughout his career in funeral service he had worked at Weir-Arend Funeral Home in Columbus; Walker Funeral Homes in Toledo; Henderson-VanAtta Funeral Home in Newark; and Brucker & Kishler Funeral Home in Newark. He also owned and operated Genesis...
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WALTER A. WILSON

January 13, 2016

WALTER A. WILSON of Dallas, TX died January 13, 2016 at the age of 83. He worked with his family at the Wilson Funeral Home in Tampa, FL. He later moved to Texas and worked at Lott's Mortuary. In 1966, he founded the Cedar Crest Funeral Home in the Oak Cliff sector of Dallas. In 1980, Cedar Crest opened its Plano location and merged with Wilson Financial Group of Houston in 1987. He was a...
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Harold D. Lamb

January 12, 2016

HAROLD D. LAMB of Lakeland, FL died January 12, 2016 at the age of 87. He was the oldest active funeral director in Polk County, who worked at the Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes and Dukes-Steen Funeral Home in Lakeland for many years. He later became an employee at Hancock Funeral Home in Fort Meade, where he continued to work until the time of his death. He was the past president of the Polk...
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RICHARD E. "GENE" WILLIAMS

January 12, 2016

RICHARD E. "GENE" WILLIAMS of Gainesville, FL died January 12, 2016 at the age of 70. He was a second generation funeral director and embalmer at Williams-Thomas Funeral Home, which was established by his father, Richard "Dick" Williams in 1940. Under his tenure, the funeral home expanded to Hawthorne and Jonesville and will remain locally owned and operated by Gene's son Rick Williams and Vonda...
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RODERICK R. GOODE, JR

January 7, 2016

RODERICK R. GOODE, JR of Chesterfield, VA died January 7, 2016 at the age of 44. He was a licensed funeral director at Bland and Tucker Funeral Home in Petersburg, VA. He received his mortuary science degree from John Tyler Community College in 2005, and was a member of the New Generation of Funeral Services Practitioners Association, Inc.
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Ruby Kennedy Johnson

December 27, 2015

RUBY KENNEDY JOHNSON of Prentiss, MS died December 27, 2015 at the age of 89. She assisted her husband, Eural L. Johnson, Sr., in operating his family's business, Johnson Funeral Home until he passed away in 1975. At that time, she became the sole proprietor of the business, retiring in 1991.
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PATSY FRANCIS SANTORO

December 26, 2015

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

December 21, 2015

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

December 20, 2015

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

December 14, 2015

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

December 14, 2015

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

December 11, 2015

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

December 8, 2015

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

December 8, 2015

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

December 5, 2015

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

December 4, 2015

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

December 3, 2015

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

December 1, 2015

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

December 1, 2015

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

November 28, 2015

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

November 26, 2015

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

November 26, 2015

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

November 26, 2015

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

November 23, 2015

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

November 22, 2015

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

November 21, 2015

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

November 21, 2015

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

November 18, 2015

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

November 9, 2015

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

November 8, 2015

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

November 5, 2015

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

November 5, 2015

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

October 31, 2015

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

October 27, 2015

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

October 25, 2015

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

October 23, 2015

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

October 21, 2015

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

October 13, 2015

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

October 12, 2015

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

October 12, 2015

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

October 11, 2015

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

October 5, 2015

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

September 24, 2015

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

September 23, 2015

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

September 22, 2015

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

September 19, 2015

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

September 16, 2015

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

September 8, 2015

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

August 31, 2015

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

August 29, 2015

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

August 26, 2015

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

August 23, 2015

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

August 21, 2015

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

August 19, 2015

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

August 19, 2015

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

August 19, 2015

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

August 19, 2015

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

August 17, 2015

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

August 16, 2015

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

August 12, 2015

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

August 10, 2015

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

August 9, 2015

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

August 8, 2015

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

August 8, 2015

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

August 4, 2015

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

August 4, 2015

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

August 3, 2015

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

July 28, 2015

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