Our Obituaries

PETER H. GERS

May 30, 2015

PETER H. GERS of Ambler, PA, formerly of Olney, PA died May 30, 2015 at the age of 94. He was an active funeral director for 70 years, establishing the Peter H. Gers Funeral Home in the Olney section of Philadelphia in 1947. He then moved to 5th Street and Cheltenham Avenue in 1953. In 1989, he sold the firm and moved to Ambler, where he continued to serve families and maintain his license at the...
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ROBERT "BOB" E. PAGE

May 27, 2015

ROBERT "BOB" E. PAGE of Rice Lake, WI, formerly of Sparta, WI died May 27, 2015 at the age of 82. He worked alongside his wife, Doreatha, in owning and operating the Torkelson Funeral Homes, with locations in Sparta, Norwalk, Necedah, Lancaster, Potosi, Cassville and Bloomington. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Mortuary Science in 1958, and was an early member of...
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DAVID CLARK SANFORD

May 24, 2015

DAVID CLARK SANFORD of Jerseyville, IL died May 24, 2015 at the age of 83. He worked at several funeral homes in Minnesota as a licensed mortician and funeral director before relocating to Illinois in 1966, where he continued his career in casket sales. In 1980, he joined Criswell Casket Company in St. Charles, retiring in 2011. He continued to work part-time until his health declined. He...
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ALYSIA DANIELLE "DANI" PORTER

May 21, 2015

ALYSIA DANIELLE "DANI" PORTER of Louisville, KY died May 21, 2015 at the age of 41. She was the vice president of the A. D. Porter and Son Funeral Home. She was a member of the Kentucky Morticians and Embalmers Association, Kentucky Funeral Directors Association, the Selected Funeral Directors of America, and served as president of the Falls City Funeral Directors Association.
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CLAIRE G. KULESZA

May 18, 2015

CLAIRE G. KULESZA of Edison, NJ died May 18, 2015 at the age of 79. She was the former co-owner of Edison Casket Company and was a member of the Casket & Funeral Supply Association.
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RAYMOND FOX DAVIS, JR

May 17, 2015

RAYMOND FOX DAVIS JR of Marion, SC died May 17, 2015 at the age of 62. He was the manager of Davis Funeral Service, LLC. A 1977 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, he was past member and president of the South Carolina State Board of Funeral Services, president of the South Carolina Morticians Associations from 2001-2004 and was a lifetime member of the National Funeral Directors...
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WALTER JOSEPH DEPUTAT

May 16, 2015

WALTER JOSEPH DEPUTAT of Tewksbury, MA died May 16, 2015 at the age of 93. He was the founder of Tewksbury Funeral Home, which he established in 1957 after working at several Lowell funeral homes. He attended the New England Institute of Funeral Service, and was a member of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.
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CHRISTINE J. (STILES) BIGGINS

May 12, 2015

CHRISTINE J. (STILES) BIGGINS of Hanson, MA died May 12, 2015 at the age of 57. In 1986 Chris moved to Hanson where she raised her family and was integral in the acquisition of the Magoun Funeral Home in Rockland with her husband, Robert J. Biggins. She served as vice president of the firm since 1998. She travelled extensively serving as "First Lady" of the National Funeral Directors Association...
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BERNARD JULIUS ARCHER

May 11, 2015

BERNARD JULIUS ARCHER of Annapolis, MD, formerly of Philadelphia, PA died May 11, 2015 at the age of 95. He was the supervising mortician at the John C. McKain Funeral Home in North Philadelphia for 33 years before acquiring his own business, the Bernard J. Archer Funeral Home, which he operated as a licensed funeral director until he was 95. At age 94, he was recognized as the oldest practicing...
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JOHN MADASZ III

May 9, 2015

JOHN MADASZ III of Brookfield, OH died May 9, 2015 at the age of 67. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He served as vice president and later president of Madasz Funeral Home Inc, and was the owner and operator of Madasz Ambulance Service. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1974.
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WALTER H. ROUX

May 3, 2015

WALTER H. ROUX of Bement, IL died May 3, 2015 at the age of 91. He was the former owner of the Roux Funeral Home for over 30 years.
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JOHN A. "JACK" DUNN

May 1, 2015

JOHN A. "JACK" DUNN of Akron, OH died May 1, 2014 at the age of 95. He worked alongside his business partner, Bill Quigley in operating the Dunn-Quigley Funeral Homes located in South Akron and Stow which he established in 1953. He was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and the Flying Funeral Directors Association.
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RICHARD G. "DICK" MORGAN

April 22, 2015

RICHARD G. "DICK" MORGAN of Princeton, KY died April 22, 2015 at the age of 98. He was a retired funeral director and former owner of Morgan's Funeral Home and Morgan's Furniture Store. He served as past president of the Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky.
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JUANITA WILLIAMSON ELLIS

April 17, 2015

JUANITA WILLIAMSON ELLIS of Fort Wayne, IN died April 17, 2015 at the age of 83. She worked alongside her husband, Cecil Ellis in establishing Ellis Funeral Home in 1954. She continued to operate the family owned business after her husband passed in 1987.
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GEORGE EMERSON RAY

April 14, 2015

GEORGE EMERSON RAY of Philadelphia, PA died April 14, 2015 at the age of 94. In 1951, he and his wife, the late Deso Collins Ray established Ray Funeral Home Inc, where he worked as a licensed funeral director. He was previously employed with the North Carolina Mutual Insurance Company before serving his apprenticeship with the George Stanton Funeral Home. A graduate of Eckels College of Mortuary...
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CLARENCE BOWMAN, JR

April 9, 2015

CLARENCE BOWMAN JR of Dallas, TX died April 9, 2015 at the age of 61. He was the owner of the former Bowman Funeral Chapel which was established in 1952.
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JOHN K. MARVEL

April 6, 2015

JOHN K. MARVEL of Stonington, IL died April 6, 2015 at the age of 58. He was a funeral director and graduated from the Southern Illinois University with a degree in Mortuary Science in 1976.
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LARRY G. COOL

March 26, 2015

LARRY G. COOL of Sioux Falls, SD died March 26, 2015 at the age of 68. He was a fourth generation funeral director at Cool Funeral Home in Platte and later accepted a position at Eidsness Funeral Home in Brookings, retiring in 2014. He also did cemetery mapping for several South Dakota communities. He graduated from the Chicago School of Mortuary Science in 1968.
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DAVID A. KIMES

March 24, 2015

DAVID A. KIMES of Parkersburg, WV died March 24, 2015 at the age of 59. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state of West Virginia for almost 40 years. Along with his family, he owned and operated Kimes Funeral Home and Cremation Services. In 1987, he graduated from the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science, where he served as class Chaplin.
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TERRENCE "TERRY" R. SAYLER

March 20, 2015

TERRENCE "TERRY" R. SAYLER of Queen Creek, AZ, formerly of Washburn, ND died March 20, 2105 at the age of 71. He served his internship with Peterson-Schult Funeral Home in Valley City before working as a licensed funeral director and embalmer at Aarthun-Goetz Funeral Home in Hazen, ND; Goetz Funeral Home in Washburn, where he worked part-time until his retirement in 2013; and he spent a short...
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STEVE M. MACK

March 19, 2015

STEVE M. MACK of New York, NY died March 19, 2015 at the age of 63. He began his career as an apprentice director for Service Corporation International's Claude R. Boyd Funeral Home in Babylon, NY. Over the next decade, he advanced through the ranks at Boyd and other SCI funeral homes in New York City. In 1983, He became manager of Walter B. Cooke Funeral Home in Bronx. The following year, he...
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SANDRA K. FOX

March 14, 2015

SANDRA K. FOX of Ogdensburg, NY and winter resident of Estero, FL died March 14, 2105 at the age of 64. She became employed at Fox Funeral Homes in Ogdensburg, Heuevlton, Lisbon and Hammond, NY, where she worked alongside her husband, Richard Fox as a licensed funeral director until semi-retiring in 1999 and fully retiring in 2013. In 2008, ICCFA Magazine profiled Sandy and her husband in the...
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LEON J. "LEO" KROLAK

March 10, 2015

LEON J. "LEO" KROLAK of Newark, NY died March 10, 2015 at the age of 87. He worked as a licensed funeral director at Parker-Rayfield Funeral Home in Newark and Boeheim Funeral Home in Lyons for many years. He also assisted other funeral homes throughout the Finger Lakes area. A graduate of Simmons Institute of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Ontario-Wayne-Yates Funeral Directors...
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CLISTA "PAT" MARTIN

March 7, 2015

CLISTA "PAT" MARTIN of Dayton, OH died March 7, 2015 at the age of 80. She was co-founder of the George C. Martin Funeral Home, where she worked alongside her husband, George C. Martin for the past 50 years.
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CECIL RAY HICKMAN

March 6, 2015

CECIL RAY HICKMAN of Pine Bluff, AR died March 6, 2015 at the age of 91. He had worked as a licensed funeral director and embalmer at Dryer Funeral Home in Dumas for many years. He attended mortuary school in Kansas City.
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RICHARD LACERENZA

March 2, 2015

RICHARD LACERENZA of Stamford, CT died March 2, 2015 at the age of 84. He was a second generation funeral director at Lacerenza Funeral Home, which his father, Anthony opened in 1926. The firm operated as a funeral home and a house until it was fully rebuilt as a funeral facility in the 1960s. He acquired ownership of the firm after his father passed in 1949. In the 1950s, he was stationed in...
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THOMAS M. HAMILTON

February 28, 2015

THOMAS M. HAMILTON of Hudson, MA died February 28, 2015 at the age of 75. He was a funeral director, owner and operator of Tighe Hamilton Funeral Home, Inc., which he acquired in 1972. He previously worked at P. E. Murray Funeral Home, West Roxbury; J. S. Waterman and Sons Funeral Home, Boston; and Hickey Funeral Home, Hudson. He was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the...
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BRIAN CHARLES HANSEN

February 25, 2015

BRIAN CHARLES HANSEN of Beloit, WI died February 25, 2015 at the age of 60. He was a licensed funeral director for 36 years at Hansen Funeral Home, previously Whitcomb Funeral Home in Janesville, which he purchased in 1979. He graduated from the Milwaukee Area Technical College of Funeral Service.
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HAROLD RUSSELL ULLMER

February 23, 2015

HAROLD RUSSELL ULLMER of Pompano Beach, FL, formerly of Kettering, OH died February 23, 2015 at the age of 90. Prior to his retirement, he owned and operated R. L. Ullmer and Son Funeral Home in Kettering for many years. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, and served as the former president for the Ohio Funeral Directors Association
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RUFUS DOUGLAS "HOOVER" HAWKINS, SR

February 20, 2015

RUFUS DOUGLAS "HOOVER" HAWKINS SR of Florence, SC died February 20, 2015 at the age of 87. He was a licensed funeral director and operations manager at Ideal Funeral Parlor, Inc. He graduated from Morris College with a Bachelors of Science degree and was a member of the South Carolina Morticians Association, where he served as past governor and 6th district/secretary for several years.
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MICHAEL H. KOSTANSKI

February 19, 2015

MICHAEL H. KOSTANSKI of Gill, MA died February 19, 2015 at the age of 65. He was a licensed funeral director, president and owner of Kostanski Funeral Home for over 25 years. He served on the board of directors for the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association and graduated from the New England Institute of Funeral Service.
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LEROY "MAC" McHUGH

February 18, 2015

LEROY "MAC" McHUGH of Akron, OH died February 18, 2015 at the age of 83. He was employed with Joseph C. Schulte Funeral Home in South Euclid; Brown Forward Funeral Home in Shaker Heights; Daniels Funeral Home in Lakewood; and Wells-Kloss Funeral Home in Lyndhurst. In 1969, he established the Kindrich-McHugh Funeral Home in Solon and retired in 1994 after the funeral home was purchased by Thomas...
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EUGENE R. PARKER, SR

February 18, 2015

EUGENE R. PARKER SR of Camilla, GA died February 18, 2015 at the age of 88. He was the former owner and operator of Parker-Bramlett Funeral Home. He was recognized in 2003 at the Georgia Funeral Directors Association Convention in St. Simons, GA for 50 years of service.
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PAUL T. "TED" LUCAS

February 18, 2015

PAUL T. "TED" LUCAS of Upper Sandusky, OH died February 18, 2015 at the age of 83. He was a third generation funeral director and owner of Lucas Funeral Home for 58 years. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, J. T. Lucas and father, George, he continued working part-time in the business with his son, Daniel and business partner, Brad Patton. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of...
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EMIL PICHA

February 17, 2015

EMIL PICHA of Hillsboro, WI died February 17, 2015 at the age of 87. He established Picha Funeral Home in 1962 and was a licensed funeral director for 58 years. In 1983, he expanded the firm by purchasing a second location in Elroy.
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ELMER D. VANDERWALL

February 14, 2015

ELMER D. VANDERWALL of Dayton, TN died February 14, 2105 at the age of 95. In 1979, he began working with his son as a funeral director's assistant at Vanderwall Funeral Home and continued that role until several years ago.
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JAMES COLLISON

February 12, 2015

JAMES COLLISON of Orlando, FL died February 12, 2015 at the age of 85. He was a funeral director and the founder of Collison Family Funeral Homes.
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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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