Our Obituaries

MARTIN "MARTY" KEITH DUMAS

April 8, 2021

MARTIN "MARTY" KEITH DUMAS of Garland, TX died April 8, 2021 at the age of 49. A funeral director for over 25 years, he worked at Rest Haven Funeral Home since 1998 and was a founding member of the Pet Memories Cremation Service. Dumas graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1992.
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PAUL MASTERSON ELVIG

April 2, 2021

PAUL MASTERSON ELVIG of Seattle, WA died April 2, 2021 at the age of 79. He began his career in the cemetery industry by working as a night caretaker for the Greenacres Memorial Park, in trade, for living in the upstairs apartment. He later became manager of the cemetery. Elving served as vice president and later president of the Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery and Funeral Home in Seattle. He retired...
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DONALD R KRAWZAK

April 1, 2021

DONALD R. KRAWZAK of Palatine, IL died April 1, 2021 at the age of 69. A funeral director for 45 years, he was the owner and operator of the M J Suerth Funeral Home for 31 years.
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RICHARD NEEL BAUCOM

March 25, 2021

RICHARD NEEL BAUCOM of Carthage, MO died March 25, 2021 at the age of 73. He began his forty-two-year career at Knell Mortuary, eventually becoming the owner and operator until his retirement in 2018. A 1976 graduate of the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, he was past president of the Missouri Funeral Directors Association eighth district.
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JERRIT L CLAYTON

March 24, 2021

JERRIT L. CLAYTON of Zionsville, IN died March 24, 2021 at the age of 74. A funeral director for six decades, he was the senior vice president of Flanner and Buchanan until his retirement in 2012. Clayton returned shortly thereafter to a part-time role with Simplicity Funeral and Cremation Care. He graduated in 1966 from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science.
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ERNIE HASKINS

March 20, 2021

REV ERNIE HASKINS of Goldsboro, NC died March 20, 2021 at the age of 55. A licensed funeral director since 2006, he was the owner and founder of Haskins Funeral Home & Cremations. A graduate of the Fayetteville Technical Community College, he was a member of the Funeral Directors and Morticians Association of North Carolina, North Carolina Funeral Di-rectors Association, National Funeral...
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KIP EVAN CASTOR

March 18, 2021

KIP EVAN CASTOR of Pendleton, IN died March 18, 2021 at the age of 42. He was the manager at Loose Funeral Homes & Crematory and was the lo-cation leader for the annual Wreaths Across America Ceremony. A 2001 graduate of the Mid-America College of Funeral Service, he was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Indiana Funeral Directors Association and the Madison County Funeral...
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JAMES "JIM" HAROLD MONG

March 8, 2021

JAMES "JIM" HAROLD MONG of Columbiana, OH died March 8, 2021 at the age of 75. A retired funeral director, he worked alongside George Seederly and later Mark Beck, owning and operating Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Homes. A graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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TOMMY "T.L." HAYES III

March 6, 2021

TOMMY "T.L." HAYES III of Fern Park, FL died March 6, 2021 at the age of 97. A Florida and Georgia licensed funeral director and embalmer, he was co-owner of the Hayes Bros. Funeral Home in Fern Park and Eustis, FL. A graduate of the College of Boca Raton School of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia, Independent Funeral Directors Association of...
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JOHN "JACK" KELLY

February 27, 2021

JOHN "JACK" KELLY of Lee, MA died February 27, 2021 at the age of 83. A 1960 graduate of the New England Institute of Mortuary Science, he joined his family's business as a third-generation funeral director, owning and operating Kelly Funeral Home until his death.
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THOMAS A MCPHERSON

February 25, 2021

THOMAS A. MCPHERSON of Toronto, Ontario died February 25, 2021 at the age of 73. A native of Shelby, OH, Tom was the author several books that chronicled the histories of funeral coach and ambulance builders. American Funeral Cars and Ambulances Since 1900 was published in 1973. Subsequent publications included The Complete History of The Henney Motor Company, Flxbile, Eureka, Superior and Miller...
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MARK STEPHEN STRICKLAND

February 24, 2021

MARK STEPHEN STRICKLAND of Elkview, WV died February 24, 2021 at the age of 72. He began his career in funeral service working part-time at the Hafer Funeral Home under the guidance of the late Ed and Henry Hafer. He founded and owned Strickland Funeral Home in Clendenin during the seven-ties and eighties. Strickland retired from Aurora Casket Company as a sales representative. A graduate of the...
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KEITH E STOFFELS

February 24, 2021

KEITH E. STOFFELS of Lady Lake, FL formerly of Pontiac, MI died February 24, 2021 at the age of 93. A retired funeral director and embalmer, he worked at Harris Funeral Home in Pontiac for 25 years; Page-Theus Funeral Home in Leesburg; Banks, Page-Theus Funeral Home in Wildwood and Hamlin; Hilbish Funeral Directors in Eustis; and Steverson, Hamlin and Hilbish Funeral Directors in Tavares.
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ROBERT E. "BOB" BROWN

February 24, 2021

ROBERT E. "BOB" BROWN of Essex Junction, VT died February 24, 2021 at the age of 63. He was employed as a funeral director and embalmer from 1975 until 2011, serving families throughout the Vermont Catholic Diocese. In 1979 he graduated from Hudson Valley Community College with associates' degrees in both applied science and mortuary science. Brown was a member of the Vermont Funeral Directors...
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DEAN E TRENT

February 22, 2021

DEAN E. TRENT of Kingsport, TN died February 22, 2021 at the age of 85. He began his career as a funeral director at Gate City Funeral Home in 1959. He worked alongside his wife, Martha, his three daughters Judy, Deana and Jodi, as well as his nephew, Brent Warner at the Carter-Trent Funeral Homes in Kingsport, Church Hill and Scotts County, which he owned and operated since 1991. He was a...
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THOMAS J RUECKL

February 20, 2021

THOMAS J. RUECKL of Luxemburg, WI died February 20, 2021 at the age of 80. In 1972 he became an owner of McMahon Funeral Home in Luxemburg and served the community as a funeral director for fifty years. Rueckl retired in 2005. A 1963 graduate of the Wisconsin institute of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Fox River Valley Funeral Directors Association, Wisconsin Funeral Directors...
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JOE BEN TUCKER

February 20, 2021

JOE BEN TUCKER of Central City, KY died February 20, 2021 at the age of 81. A licensed funeral director for 62 years, he was the owner and operator of Tucker Funeral Home since 1958. Tucker was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association policy board, president of the Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky from 1982–1983, and was a multi-year president and chairman of the Kentucky...
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RICHARD "RICK" ALVIN RESCH

February 15, 2021

RICHARD "RICK" ALVIN RESCH of Gonzales, TX died February 15, 2021at the age of 60. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he worked with Parkside Chapel Funeral Home in Hereford from 2006 to 2010, then he expanded his career to Levelland, where he began working for SCI at George Price Funeral Home until 2012. Resch later became the location manager and funeral director in charge for Buffington...
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GERALD W. "JERRY" VICKERY , JR

February 5, 2021

GERALD W. "JERRY" VICKERY JR of Troy, PA died February 5, 2021 at the age of 82. He was the owner and operator of Vickery Funeral Home, which was established by his father, Gerald W. Vickery Sr in 1946. A 1962 graduate of the Simmons School of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Di-rectors Association and was the former president...
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TIMOTHY E PERINE

February 5, 2021

TIMOTHY E. PERINE of Shinnston, WV died February 5, 2021 at the age of 58. A funeral director for over 35 years, he founded Perine Funeral Home in 2005. Perine graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1985.
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PAUL E BEKAVAC

February 4, 2021

PAUL E. BEKAVAC of Gibsonia and Key West, FL formerly of Clairton, PA died February 4, 2021 at the age of 74. A retired funeral director, he was the owner and operator of the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home in Elizabeth, PA. Bekavacs graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
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MICHAEL KEITH FLEMING

February 1, 2021

MICHAEL KEITH FLEMING of Sibley, IA died February 1, 2021 at the age of 67. He was CEO of the Keith M. Merrick Company for over 40 years, which was established by his grandparents in 1933. Fleming received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Casket and Funeral Supply Association of America, where he served on the executive board be-fore being elected president.
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LOIS ANN SIFERD

January 30, 2021

LOIS ANN SIFERD of Wapakoneta, OH died January 30, 2021 at the age of 97. She worked alongside her husband, the late Charles D. Siferd, in owning and operating the former Siferd Funeral Home in Wapakoneta. Siferd was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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DONALD EUGENE "DON" FISHER

January 29, 2021

DONALD EUGENE "DON" FISHER of Mans-field, OH died January 29, 2021 at the age of 92. A funeral director and embalmer, he worked at the J. H. Finefrock and Sons Funeral Home, retiring in 1990 after thirty-five years of service. A graduate of the Cleveland College of Mortuary Science, he was a fifty-year member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and the Ohio Embalmers Association.
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SONDRA SUE BLANTON GORE

January 28, 2021

SONDRA SUE BLANTON GORE of Blacksburg, SC died January 28, 2021 at the age of 72. A funeral director, she worked alongside her husband, Corbett Cline Gore, Jr at the Corson Removal Service in Charlotte before establishing White Columns Funeral Service in 1996. Gore graduated from Limestone College in 1999.
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THOMAS B. DEVLIN

January 25, 2021

THOMAS B. DEVLIN of Ross Township, PA died January 25, 2021 at the age of 95. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, he was a licensed funeral di-rector at Devlin Funeral Home for over 70 years.
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MICHAEL THOMAS AHEARN

January 24, 2021

MICHAEL THOMAS AHEARN of Northampton, MA died January 24, 2021 at the age of 55. A funeral director, he worked at the former John F. O'Connell Funeral Home in Northampton, AA Mariani Funeral Home in Providence, RI and the Tripp Funeral Home in Pawtucket, RI before founding the Ahearn Funeral Home in Northampton in 2000. A 1986 graduate of the New England Institute of Mortuary Science, he served...
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GEORGE R. "BUD" BROWN II

January 24, 2021

GEORGE R. "BUD" BROWN II of Hamilton, OH died January 24, 2021 at the age of 82. For over fifty years, he worked alongside his wife, Marie, in owning and operating the Brown Dawson Funeral Home. A graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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CHARLES "CHUCK" G. MAYER

January 23, 2021

CHARLES "CHUCK" G. MAYER of Chelsea, WI died January 23, 2021 at the age of 94. A longtime member of the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association, he worked for Schmidt and Barlet Funeral Home in Milwaukee. Mayer worked for Taylor Funeral Home in Rib Lake, eventually purchasing it. He continued to own and operate it from 1961 until 1977, when he sold the business. He built and operated the funeral...
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HOWARD M BONIFACE, JR

January 23, 2021

HOWARD M. BONIFACE JR of Rensselaer, NY January 23, 2021 at the age of 77. He was a licensed funeral director at the Wm. J Rockefeller Funeral Home in Rensselaer for twenty years before retiring. Boniface graduated from Hudson Valley Community College in 1955 with an associate's degree in mortuary science and was a member of the Capital District Funeral Directors Association.
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GLADYS EDWARDS WALLACE

January 22, 2021

GLADYS EDWARDS WALLACE of Broadview, IL died January 22, 2021 at the age of 84. She co-founded the Wallace Broadview Funeral Home in 1988 and was member of the 100 Black Women of Funeral Service, Illinois Select Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, where she formerly served as president of the National Ladies Auxiliary. She and her late...
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HAROLD C. HENRY

January 21, 2021

HAROLD C. HENRY of Mount Clemens, MI died January 21, 2021 at the age of 84. In the mid-1980s, he along with the late Bobby Hill, James Fishback Sr and Irene Henry, created United Memo-rial Funeral Home.
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JACK EUGENE FROST

January 20, 2021

JACK EUGENE FROST of Braselton, GA died January 20, 2021 at the age of 89. He was the owner and operator of Memorial Park Funeral Homes and Cemeteries in Gainesville, Flowery Branch and Braselton for over 50 years. Frost was past president of the Southern Cemetery Association, vice-president of the American Cemetery Association and president of the Georgia Cemetery Association.
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JAMES E HEALD

January 16, 2021

JAMES E. HEALD of Milford, NH died January 16, 2021 at the age of 89. A retired funeral director for over 40 years, he was the former owner of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, currently owned by his daughters, Deborah Quinlan and Gretchen Heald-Brooks. A graduate of the New England Institute of Anatomy, Sanitary Science and Embalming in Boston, he was a member of the New Hampshire Funeral Directors...
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STEPHEN C BURKE

January 15, 2021

STEPHEN C. BURKE of Lewistown, PA died January 15, 2021 at the age of 70. He was a funeral director at Baumeister-Orcutt Funeral Home, York, PA for seven years before leaving the funeral business in 1979. In 1990, at the urging of Charlie Hershberger, Burke returned to the funeral business with Hoen-stine Funeral Home, Inc, becoming a partner in 1992 of Hoenstine and Heller-Hoenstine Funeral...
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LAWRENCE JAMES BELLEROSE

January 14, 2021

LAWRENCE JAMES BELLEROSE of Putnam, CT died January 14, 2021 at the age of 82. He was the former owner of the Gilman and Valade Funeral Homes of Putnam and North Grosvenor Dale, CT. Bellerose began working for the Gilman family at the age of 16. He served his apprenticeship with James T. Pratt Funeral Service in Hartford. In 1973, after 15 years working with the Gilman family, he purchased the...
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CARL C TIMKO

January 11, 2021

CARL G. TIMKO of Fredonia, NY died January 11, 2021 at the age of 81. A licensed funeral director, he owned Orcutt-Timko Funeral Home in Dunkirk and with his wife Trish, owned Larson-Timko Funeral Home in Fredonia. A graduate of the Simmons Institute of Mortuary Science, he was vice president of the Erie-Niagara Funeral Directors Association, and a member of the New York State Funeral Directors...
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ROBERT "BOB" WILLIAM NINKER

January 9, 2021

ROBERT "BOB" WILLIAM NINKER of Chester-field, MO died January 9, 2021 at the age of 87. Prior to retirement, he was employed as the executive director of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association for 29 years.
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DELOS "DEL" B. PRICE, JR

January 8, 2021

DELOS "DEL" B. PRICE JR of Eagle, ID died January 8, 2021 at the age of 95. He was employed at Harden Flanagan Mortuary in Inglewood, CA and managed Schanel Mortuary in El Monte, CA in the 1950's before establishing Price Funeral Chapel in Citrus Heights, CA in 1962. His son, Ben Price purchased the business from him in 1975. It is currently owned and operated by Del's grandson Jeremy Price and...
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DAVID G KNIGHT

January 8, 2021

DAVID G. KNIGHT of Shadyside, OH died January 8, 2021 at the age of 74. He worked alongside his wife, Donna and daughter Sara S. Henthorn as the owner and operator of Knight Manufacturing Company, which was founded by his grandfather, Harley Knight and Willard Knight in 1935. Knight acquired Belmont Stamping Company in 1986. He served on the board of directors for the Casket and Funeral Sup-ply...
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EDWARD A PELCZAR

January 7, 2021

EDWARD A. PELCZAR of Newmarket, NH died January 7, 2021 at the age of 72. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he began working at the Brisson & Kent Funeral Home in Newmarket in 1971 and in 1986 he purchased it from Roy Kent. Pelczar continued to own and operate the Kent & Pelczar Funeral Home alongside his wife, Helen, who was the part-time book keeper. Shortly after relocating the funeral...
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JOHN W WILSON

January 4, 2021

JOHN W. WILSON of Hanover, NH died January 4, 2021 at the age of 71. Licensed Vermont and New Hampshire funeral director, he and his wife, Janet purchased Rand Funeral Home in 1986 and continued to own and operate it as Rand-Wilson Funeral Home. A graduate of the New England Institute of Institute of Funeral Service, he was a member of the New Hampshire Funeral Directors Association and the...
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CHARLES EDWARD "DIGGER" RYAN, JR

January 3, 2021

CHARLES EDWARD "DIGGER" RYAN JR of Laurium, MI died January 3, 2021 at the age of 87. He worked with numerous local funeral homes, with lifelong support for the family business, Ryan Funeral Home. Digger was employed by Superior Vault Company before owning Lakeview Monument Company. He graduated from the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science.
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JAMES J WILSON

January 3, 2021

JAMES J. WILSON of Defiance, OH died January 3, 2021 at the age of 40. He was a funeral director and embalmer at Schaffer Funeral Home since 2016. A 2007 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association and the Ohio Embalmers Association.
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ELDEN E BJURLING

January 2, 2021

ELDEN E. BJURLING of Gardner, MA died January 2, 2021 at the age of 70. He was president and owner of the Smith Funeral Home in Gardner until 2007, following his father who owned the funeral home up until his death in 1972. Bjurling graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1972, receiving a Bachelor of Science from the College of Medical Science, where he served as secretary/treasurer. He...
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CARNIE P BRAGG, JR

December 29, 2020

CARNIE P. BRAGG JR of Paterson, NJ died December 29, 2020 at the age of 81. He worked along-side his father, Carnie P. Bragg Sr., at the Carnie P. Bragg Funeral Homes Inc as a second-generation funeral director. Following the death of his father in 1972, Bragg acquired ownership of the firm and continued to operate it as senior director. A 1963 graduate of the McAllister School of Embalming, he...
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JOHN WUESTEFELD

December 29, 2020

JOHN WUESTEFELD of Dover, IN died December 29, 2020 at the age of 75. He joined his mother, Edith Andres Wuestefeld as a fourth-generation funeral director at the present Andres-Wuestefeld Funeral Home. John acquired ownership of the firm after the death of his mother in 1979. He graduated from mortuary college in 1962.
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OLIVER WENDELL LOMAX

December 27, 2020

OLIVER WENDELL LOMAX of Dallas, TX died December 27, 2020 at the age of 73. A funeral director for over forty years, he served his apprenticeship at the Black and Clark Funeral Home. Lomax worked at several funeral homes before establishing the Lomax Funeral Home in 1989. A 1976 graduate of the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians...
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DUNCAN W MUNRO

December 26, 2020

DUNCAN W. MUNRO of Worcester, formerly of Northborough, MA died December 26, 2020 at the age of 94. He served as the superintendent for Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge from 1966 until 1989. He was a member of the Massachusetts Cemetery Association, New England Cemetery Association and was past president of the American Cemetery Association, now the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral...
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DANIEL N MACLEAN

December 26, 2020

DANIEL N. MACLEAN of Wellsville, OH died December 26, 2020 at the age of 91. He joined his father and uncle as a funeral director at the MacLean Funeral Home. He continued his service to his community with the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Home for many years. A 1951 graduate of the Pitts-burgh Institute of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Ohio Embalmers Association and received his 50...
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KENNETH J MAHER

December 25, 2020

KENNETH J. MAHER of Saint James, NY died December 25, 2020 at the age of 70. A licensed funeral director since 1974, he served his internship and residency at Garlick Funeral Homes in Brooklyn and was hired as the assistant manager of the Garden City Chapel of Fairchild Sons Funeral Homes in 1976. Maher was the owner of the St. James Funeral Home for over forty-three years. A 1973 graduate of the...
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FLEMUEL BROWN , JR

December 24, 2020

FLEMUEL BROWN JR of West Philadelphia, PA died December 24, 2020 at the age of 93. A funeral director for 63 years, he owned and operated the Flemuel Brown, Jr Funeral Home, which he established alongside his wife, the late Mary Rebecca Walker. He graduated from the H. E. Dolan College of Embalming.
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KENNETH R. "SNAKE" HOWELL

December 23, 2020

KENNETH R. "SNAKE" HOWELL of Weirton, WV died December 23, 2020 at the age of 84. A funeral director for over 50 years, he owned and operated funeral homes in Weirton and New Cumberland, WV. For the past 29 years, Howell worked at the Perman Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Inc in Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
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THEODORE J. "TED" SCHLEIFER III

December 22, 2020

THEODORE J. "TED" SCHLEIFER III of North Braddock, PA died December 22, 2020 at the age of 75. He was the owner and operator of Schleifer Funeral Chapel Inc. A graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, he did graduate work as a reading specialist at the University of Pittsburgh and was a member of the Allegheny County, Steel Valley and Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Associations.
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MARVIN WILMAR ZUCKER

December 22, 2020

MARVIN WILMAR ZUCKER of East Jordan and formerly of Frankenmuth, MI died December 22, 2020 at the age of 80. A licensed funeral director for over fifty-five years, he worked at Cederberg Funeral Home in Saginaw, and in 1970, he became part owner and manager of Cederberg-Zucker Funeral Home in Frankenmuth. In 1991 Zucker went to work for Miles Martin Funeral Home in Mount Morris. He graduated from...
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JOHN MILNE

December 21, 2020

JOHN MILNE of Portland, OR died December 21, 2020 at the age of 95. A longtime supplier member of the Catholic Cemetery Conference, he founded Milne Construction in Portland. After building his first community mausoleum for Rose City Cemetery, he worked with Greenwood in Brooklyn, Pinelawn Memorial Park and Arboretum on Long Island and some of the most prominent cemeteries on the East Coast and...
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JOHN "JACK" FRANCIS FOLEY

December 18, 2020

JOHN "JACK" FRANCIS FOLEY of Yorktown, NY died December 18, 2020 at the age of 83. A licensed funeral director, he was employed at Riverside Memorial Chapels in New York and Westchester until his retirement in January 2000. He graduated from the American Academy McAllister Institute.
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THADDEUS W. "BUD" WILDE

December 17, 2020

THADDEUS W. "BUD" WILDE of Parkesburg, PA died December 17, 2020 at the age of 89. A 1953 graduate of the Eckels College of Mortuary Science, he was a fourth-generation funeral director at Wilde Funeral Home.
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JERRY BENNETT

December 10, 2020

JERRY BENNETT of Benton, KY died December 10, 2020 at the age of 82. He served his apprentice-ship at O'Neil Funeral Home in Corbin before joining the Filbeck-Cann Funeral Home as a licensed funeral director. In the early 1970s, Jerry and his wife, Mary along with Neal Tolbert and his wife, Elizabeth, became partners together and shared ownership of Filbeck-Cann. After almost thirty years of...
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WAYNE ALLEN

December 9, 2020

WAYNE ALLEN of Davison, MI died December 9, 2020 at the age of 73. A 1974 graduate of the Worsham College of Mortuary Science, he served his apprenticeship at Reigle Funeral Homes. Allen worked alongside his wife, Margaret in owning and operating the Allen Funeral Home from 1987 until his retirement in 2009. The business was sold to his sons, Eric and Paul.
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BEULAH MCCLINTON WOODY

December 9, 2020

BEULAH MCCLINTON WOODY of Roselle, NJ died December 9, 2020 at the age of 61. She served her apprenticeship at G. G. Woody Funeral Home, LLC under the guidance of George G. Woody, Jr and the late William "Mike" Franklin. Woody served the funeral home for over 35 years as a manager and funeral director. A graduate of the American Academy McAllister Institute of Mortuary Science, she was a member...
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RICHARD A. BAKER

December 4, 2020

RICHARD A. BAKER of Westlake, OH died December 4, 2020 at the age of 96. A funeral director for fifty-one years, he worked alongside his parents, brother and son at the Baker Funeral Home in Berea. He graduated from the Cleveland School of Embalming.
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CHARLES LEE "CHUCKIE" GRAY

December 3, 2020

CHARLES LEE "CHUCKIE" GRAY of Kerrville, TX died December 3, 2020 at the age of 67. He established Grimes Funeral Chapels in 1976 and continued to work there as a funeral director until his retirement in 2000. He returned to Grimes in 2006, working part-time. A 1975 graduate of the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, he was past secretary of the Hill County Funeral Directors Association.
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DOMINIC D. "DON" CUZZOCREA

November 29, 2020

DOMINIC D. "DON" CUZZOCREA of Columbus, OH died November 29, 2020 at the age of 75. Prior to his retirement, Don served as president and CEO of Accubuilt, having previously served as president and CEO of S&S/Superior of Ohio, Inc. Well known in the professional vehicle industry he served as president of the Limousine Industry Manufacturer's Organization (LIMO) in 1998.
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ROBERT C. "BOB" FISHERO

November 28, 2020

ROBERT C. "BOB" FISHERO of Veedersburg, IN died November 28, 2020 at the age of 76. A fifth-generation funeral director, he had previously owned and operated Fishero Funeral Home. He graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1963.
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BARTON RIPLEY "RIP" THOMAS

November 27, 2020

BARTON RIPLEY "RIP" THOMAS of Charleston, MO died November 27, 2020 at the age of 72. He was a funeral director and embalmer at Williams Funeral Homes, Inc for several years. He received his bachelor's degree in mortuary science from the Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
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CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL MEKUS

November 26, 2020

CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL MEKUS of Chicago, IL died November 26, 2020 at the age of 72. Chris was a founding principal of the architectural firm Mekus Tanager, Inc. Regarded as an innovator and visionary, he developed a specialty niche in the design of cemeteries and funeral homes, winning architectural awards for projects throughout the country.
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ROBERT EARL PETERS

November 25, 2020

ROBERT EARL PETERS of Pittsburgh, PA died November 25, 2020 at the age of 92. A graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, he worked as a funeral director at Coppersmith Funeral Home. In 1962, Bob and his wife, Grace purchased the former Leslie Green Funeral Home in Huntingdon and made it their home.
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RUSSELL CARL LOUDON

November 22, 2020

RUSSELL CARL LOUDON of Salem, OH died November 22, 2020 at the age of 92. A graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he served his apprenticeship at the Eckard Funeral Home in Akron before moving to Salem to purchase part ownership of Stark Memorial from Jack R. Harroff, along with partner James Giffin, who later retired. Loudon became sole owner of the firm in 1978 and continued...
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GERALD "JERRY" B. JANSEN, JR

November 20, 2020

GERALD "JERRY" B. JANSEN JR of Niagara Falls, NY died November 20, 2020 at the age of 55. A New York State funeral director since 1994, he served his residency at Rutland Corwin Funeral Home in Newfane, where he was employed for several years. Jansen later served the Lockport community through Prudden & Kandt Funeral Home before joining the staff at M. J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Home in...
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JAMES EGAN "JIM" ABBOTT

November 19, 2020

JAMES EGAN "JIM" ABBOTT of Wabasha, MN died November 19, 2020 at the age of 67. A funeral director, he worked for Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin, and Adams Funeral Home in Adam from 1978 until moving to Wabasha in 1989, when he purchased his father's business, Abbott Funeral Home and Abbott Furniture. Jim sold the businesses in 2018 and continued to work on a part-time basis with the new owner,...
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JAMES ANDREW BRELL, JR

November 17, 2020

JAMES ANDREW BRELL JR of Maysville, KY died November 17, 2020 at the age of 70. A member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, he was a funeral director and president of Brell & Son Funeral Home.
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JAMES "JIM" G. WIDDOES

November 9, 2020

JAMES "JIM" G. WIDDOES of Fortuna, CA died November 9, 2020 at the age of 83. A 1961 graduate of the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science, he has been active in the funeral business since 1958. Widdoes was co-owner and manager of Goble's For-tuna Mortuary since 1970. In 2004 he became partners with his son, Marc and son-in-law, Tom Howe until retirement and the sale of the mortuary in 2014.
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RONALD JAMES MILLER

November 8, 2020

RONALD JAMES MILLER of Vienna, OH died November 8, 2020 at the age of 74. He was a funeral director at Augustine Funeral Home in Youngstown, OH and was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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AUBREY E FIFE

November 8, 2020

AUBREY E FIFE of Junction, TX died November 8, 2020 at the age of 98. He served his apprenticeship in Lubbock before moving to Burnet, TX to begin his career as a funeral director. Fife operated Hodges Funeral Home in Junction for several years before purchasing it in 1961. He continued to own and operate Aubrey Fife Funerals for fifty years. Fife attended mortuary school in Houston, and served...
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RAYMOND G. PARKER, JR

November 7, 2020

RAYMOND G. PARKER JR of West Frankfort, IL died November 7, 2020 at the age of 74. He purchased the Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort and operated it as Parker-Reedy Funeral Home until his retirement in 2007.
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JOHN C. "SKEEPIE" SCARBOROUGH III

November 7, 2020

JOHN C. "SKEEPIE" SCARBOROUGH III of Durham, NC died November 7, 2020 at the age of 83. A fourth-generation funeral director for over 60 years, he was CEO and president of the Scarborough & Hargett Celebration of Life Center, Inc. A graduate of the Eckels College of Mortuary Science, he was president of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association in 1982 and in 1968, he became the...
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JAMES STEPHEN BRENNAN

November 7, 2020

JAMES STEPHEN BRENNAN of North Attleboro, MA died November 7, 2020 at the age of 84. He joined his father and uncle in the Jeweled Cross Company in North Attleboro, and later became president and sole operator until retirement.
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WILLIE LEE GRANGER

November 3, 2020

WILLIE LEE GRANGER of Muskogee, TX died November 3, 2020 at the age of 74. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he operated Granger Funeral Home and Evening Spring Funeral Chapel until his retirement. Granger graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1978.
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DAVID ANTHONY "TONY" KARSNIA

November 2, 2020

DAVID ANTHONY "TONY" KARSNIA of East Bethel, MN died November 2, 2020 at the age of 49. He worked for United Coach and Johnson-Williams Funeral Car Service in Minneapolis for several years before becoming the business manager of Spielman Mortuary in St. Paul. In 2013, Tony earned his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in mortuary science from the University of Minnesota. Since then, he has...
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KENNETH "KENNY" LEE WEAVER

October 27, 2020

KENNETH "KENNY" LEE WEAVER of Houston, MS died October 27, 2020 at the age of 65. He worked at Houston Funeral Home since 2005 as a funeral director and licensed insurance agent.
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THEODORE JOHN WIGGER

October 22, 2020

THEODORE JOHN WIGGER of Napa, CA died October 22, 2020 at the age of 70. He joined his family's firm, Treadway and Wigger Funeral Chapel as a licensed funeral director. His brother, Henry "Bud" Wigger Jr, also a licensed funeral director, died October 24, 2020.
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DONALD VINCENT KUMIN

October 22, 2020

DONALD VINCENT KUMIN of Delray Beach, FL formerly of Cleveland, OH, died October 22, 2020 at the age of 91. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Mortuary Science, he was a funeral director for over 50 years and was the founder of Berkowitz-Kumin Memorial Chapel in Cleveland.
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CLIFFORD ANDREW "ANDY" CRANDALL II

October 15, 2020

CLIFFORD ANDREW "ANDY" CRANDALL II of Mauston, WI died October 15, 2020 at the age of 72. A graduate of the Minneapolis School of Mortuary Science, he joined his family business as a third-generation funeral director and owner of Crandall Funeral Home, Inc. He worked with that business until health issues required his retirement.
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HARRISON BRADLEY JOHNSON, JR

October 15, 2020

HARRISON BRADLEY JOHNSON JR of El Paso, TX died October 15, 2020 at the age of 65. He worked as a licensed funeral director, mortician and embalmer for over 40 years, having spent the last five years at Perches Funeral Home. Johnson graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service.
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DAVID CALLOWAY ROSS, JR

October 14, 2020

DAVID CALLOWAY ROSS JR of Montgomery, AL died October 14, 2020 at the age of 72. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he was president of the Ross-Clayton Funeral Home. A graduate of the Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science, he served two terms on the Alabama Board of Funeral Service and was a member of the National Funeral Di-rectors and Morticians Association, Alabama Funeral Directors...
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CAROL JEAN CODY "BELOVED AC"

October 13, 2020

CAROL JEAN CODY "BELOVED AC" of Lawton, OK died October 13, 2020 at the age of 52. A graduate of the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, she was a funeral director at Comanche Nation Funeral Home.
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JAMES BELFORD "MOE" JOHNSON, JR

October 12, 2020

JAMES BELFORD "MOE" JOHNSON JR of Shelbyville, TN died October 12, 2020 at the age of 77. A licensed funeral director, he completed his apprentice at the Doak-Howell Funeral Home, where he continued to work long after his health declined.
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EARL L. "BUCK" WENDT III

October 10, 2020

EARL L. "BUCK" WENDT III of Moline, IL died October 10, 2020 at the age of 83. A graduate of the Worsham College of Mortuary Science, he was employed as a funeral director for his father, Earl Wendt Sr and uncle, Richard Wendt at the Wendt Brothers Funeral Home. After the death of his father, he became part owner with his uncle and brothers until his uncle's retirement in 1985 at which time he...
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LEWIS R TAYLOR

October 10, 2020

LEWIS R. TAYLOR of Amanda, OH died October 10, 2020 at the age of 84. A retired funeral director, he served his apprenticeship with Cook & Son Funeral Home in Columbus. He and his wife, Eleanor purchased the VanCleve Funeral Home in Amanda in 1959 and renamed it Taylor Funeral Home. For many years, Taylor along with the help of his friends, ran an emergency service from the funeral home until...
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BERNARD RODOLPH FIELDING, SR

October 10, 2020

BERNARD RODOLPH FIELDING SR of Charles-ton, SC died October 10, 2020 at the age of 88. A licensed funeral director, he worked alongside his wife, Conchita Lawson Fielding, as president of the Fielding Home for Funerals, which was established by his mother, Sadie Emma Gaillard Fielding and his grandmother Felicia Fielding Goodwin in 1914. A member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc and the...
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JESSEE JAMES "JESS" JOHNSON, JR

October 8, 2020

JESSEE JAMES "JESS" JOHNSON JR of Castle-wood, VA died October 8, 2020 at the age of 76. A funeral director since 1970, he began working part-time at Huff-Cook Funeral Home in St. Paul in 1964. In 1965, he worked full time for the funeral home, where he remained until the end of 1990.
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PERNEL JONES, SR

October 6, 2020

PERNEL JONES SR of Cleveland, OH died October 6, 2020 at the age of 79. He began his career as a funeral director working alongside his brother, Mar-shall W. Jones Jr, at the Marshall W. Jones Jr Funeral Home in Baltimore. In 1973, he established the Pernel Jones Funeral Home in Cleveland, renaming it The Pernel Jones & Sons Funeral Home in 1998 after his two sons joined the business. Jones...
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GARY VANN FLOWERS

October 6, 2020

GARY VANN FLOWERS of Terrell, TX died October 6, 2020 at the age of 68. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for 40 years, he began his career with Anderson Clayton-Bros Funeral Home in Terrell before working with several other funeral homes. In 2001, Flowers opened his own business where he served funeral homes throughout Texas and the surrounding states with their transportation and...
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MICHAEL ERNEST MAYFIELD

October 3, 2020

MICHAEL ERNEST MAYFIELD of Swartz Creek, MI died October 3, 2020 at the age of 58. He worked in advanced funeral planning with funeral homes for many years. Beginning his career with Sharp Funeral Homes and most recently as vice president and sales director for Heritage Funeral Homes and Cemeteries in Tennessee.
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WARREN L WACHHOLZ

September 29, 2020

WARREN L. WACHHOLZ of Princeton, WI died September 29, 2020 at the age of 82. A third genera-tion funeral director, he began working alongside his father, Herbert Sr and brother, Herbert Wachholz Jr at the Wachholz and Sons Funeral Home in Prince-ton in 1959. Warren and his brother purchased the Krause Funeral Home in Markesan in 1974 and were involved in the former Hardell-Wachholz Funeral Home...
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RICHARD J HARMON

September 26, 2020

RICHARD J. HARMON of Wales, ME died September 26, 2020 at the age of 53. A licensed funeral director, he was the owner and operator of the Ames-bury, White and Harmon Funeral Home. He earned his degree in mortuary science from Mt. Ida College.
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MARILYN K. ST. HILAIRE

September 25, 2020

MARILYN K. ST. HILAIRE of Mantua, OH died September 25, 2020 at the age of 55. In 2003 she became associated with the Green Family Funeral Home & Crematory Service in Mantua, and later served as manager and vice president.
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DANIEL C RIPEPI

September 24, 2020

DANIEL C. RIPEPI of Cleveland, OH died September 24, 2020 at the age of 62. A licensed funeral director and pre-need counselor, he was vice president of A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Home. A 1981 graduate of the University of Akron, he was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, Cuyahoga County Funeral Directors Association and the Embalmers Association of Cleveland.
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MARY F. WASINGER

September 23, 2020

MARY F. WASINGER of Ellis, KS died September 23, 2020at the age of 76. A retired funeral director, she and her husband, Dale W. Wasinger, purchased the Johnson Funeral Home in 1975. It later became known as the Wasinger Funeral Chapel, which she owned for 30 years.
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