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JOHN (JAKE) "POPS" KEOHEN

February 8, 2022

JOHN (JAKE) "POPS" KEOHEN of Montgomery, MN died February 8, 2022 at the age of 83. He worked for the family business, Keohen Memorial Funeral Home as the funeral director until he retired in 2016. He graduated from the University of Minne-sota with a degree in mortuary science in 1958.
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SEAN PATRICK "SP" SULLIVAN

February 6, 2022

SEAN PATRICK "SP" SULLIVAN of Chicago, IL died February 6, 2022 at the age of 46. He worked beside his family at the Cremation Society of Illinois and was a member of the Cremation Association of North America.
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WILLIAM L. WALLACE

January 30, 2022

WILLIAM L. WALLACE of Ronceverte, formerly of Lewisburg, WV died January 30, 2022 at the age of 95. He was the owner and operator of Wallace & Wallace Funeral Homes. A graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was past president of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association and served as trustee of Wallace Memorial Cemetery.
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ROGER E OSBORNE

January 29, 2022

ROGER E. OSBORNE of Glocester, MA died Janu-ary 29, 2022 at the age of 83. He was a funeral direc-tor in the city of Providence for many years, first as the owner of the Drabble Sherman Funeral Home, which merged with Monahan Funeral Home in 1994.
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WILLIE PERRY DAVIS, SR

January 28, 2022

WILLIE PERRY DAVIS SR of Gretna, LA died Jan-uary 28, 2022 at the age of 88. He founded Davis Mortuary Service, Inc in Gretna, LA in 1983. Davis built a second location in Marrero, LA in 1987, a third in Eastern New Orleans in 1998, and estab-lished Woodlawn Park Memorial Cemetery in 2004. He graduated from the Delgado Community College of Mortuary Science.
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HARRY PONTONE

January 25, 2022

HARRY PONTONE of Brooklyn, NY and recently Houston, TX died January 25, 2022 at the age of 91. He, along with his four brothers, joined their father at the South Brooklyn Casket Company, which ex-panded to include Miller Casket Company and Reli-able Miller Casket Company, then combined under Milso Industries where Harry was president and CEO. Pontone earned his funeral director's licenses from...
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RICHARD JOSEPH DIEHL

January 24, 2022

RICHARD JOSEPH DIEHL of Columbus, OH died January 24, 2022 at the age of 75. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for nearly fifty years, he served his apprenticeship at Ball Funeral Home in Cleveland before joining the family business, Diehl Funeral Home in Youngstown. In 1969, the Diehl family acquired Mrs. D.A. Whittaker & Sons in Co-lumbus. Early in his career, Diehl often commuted...
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PAUL E. FOSTER

January 23, 2022

PAUL E. FOSTER of Fulton, NY died January 23, 2022 at the age of 68. A third-generation funeral di-rector, he joined the family firm of Foster Funeral Home, Inc in Fulton, which his grandfather, Ru-dolph P. Foster founded. In 1985, Paul acquired the firm from his father, Clifford C. Foster and contin-ued to own and operate it until his retirement in 2019. Paul graduated with a mortuary science...
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JAMES TERRELL WILKEY

January 22, 2022

JAMES TERRELL WILKEY of Waco, TX died Jan-uary 22, 2022 at the age of 90. He worked for Adams Funeral Home as a licensed funeral director and part-owner, retiring after forty-five years. Wilkey graduat-ed from the Dallas institute of Mortuary Science.
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LARRY JOE "LJ" ENFIELD, JR

January 20, 2022

LARRY JOE "LJ" ENFIELD JR of Norton, KS died January 20, 2022 at the age of 58. He worked with his father, Larry Sr., at Enfield Funeral Home. In 2008, LJ and his wife, Diana purchased the firm from his father and continued to own and operate it until their retirement in January 2021. A 1983 graduate of the Kansas City Kansas Community College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the National...
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JOHN COLLINS AULT

January 19, 2022

JOHN COLLINS AULT of Crown Point, IN died January 19, 2022 at the age of 83. A 1959 graduate of the Indiana College of Mortuary Science, he began working for Harry W. Moore at Arlington Chapel and continued there until 1960, when he moved to Hammond, IN to work for George L. Bocken at Bocken Funeral Home. After working for Bocken for only two weeks, Ault was drafted into the United States Army...
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THOMAS E. "TOM" MILLER

January 14, 2022

THOMAS E. "TOM" MILLER of Marion, OH died January 14, 2022 at the age of 68. He began his career in funeral service with the Stofcheck Funeral Home in LaRue. In 1978, he became a funeral direc-tor with Snyder Funeral Homes in Marion. Miller went on to join as a partner with the Hughes-Kubach-Miller Funeral Home in 1985 for several years. After serving as a team leader at Abbott & Company in...
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MIKE LALE

January 9, 2022

MIKE LALE of Fort Smith, AR died January 9, 2022 at the age of 72. He was a retired funeral direc-tor and embalmer for the Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.
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RAYMOND JOSEPH HARTMAN , JR

January 6, 2022

RAYMOND JOSEPH HARTMAN JR of Taney-town, MD died January 6, 2022 at the age of 83. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he began employment with Hubbard Funeral Home in 1956 and in 1975 he was named manager and president of Hubbard's. In 1998, Hartman became a full-time consultant to this business founded by his father-in-law, Howard H. Hubbard. He continued to work for the company until his...
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WM. ROWEN GRANT, JR

January 6, 2022

WM. ROWEN GRANT JR of Mebane, NC former-ly of Southampton, PA died January 6, 2022 at the age of 89. A fourth-generation funeral director, he worked at the Wm. Rowen Grant Funeral Home, which his grandfather established in the 1870's. Up-on his retirement, Grant Jr moved to North Carolina with his family and worked for the McClure Funeral Service in Graham and Mebane for many years as a funeral...
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THOMAS REDMOND "TOM" SHEPHERD

December 30, 2021

THOMAS REDMOND "TOM" SHEPHERD of Henderson, NC died December 30, 2021. He was a third-generation funeral director at his family's busi-ness, Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors from 1965 until his health issues prevented his active in-volvement.
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DEAN FLETCHER LADUSAU

December 29, 2021

DEAN FLETCHER LADUSAU of Enid, OK died December 29, 2021 at the age of 96. He worked for Henninger-Allen Funeral Home for twenty-three years as a licensed funeral director and ambulance driver. Upon leaving employment with Henninger-Allen, Ladusau partnered with Jack Evans, and in 1970 built and operated Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home, where he worked until the age of eighty-eight when his health...
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LAFAYETTE GATLING , SR

December 28, 2021

LAFAYETTE GATLING SR of Chicago, IL died December 28, 2021 at the age of 81. A South Side funeral director, he built Gatling's Chapels in 1986. In 2007, Gatling opened a second location in South Holland, which he owned and operated. He impacted the funeral home business across the country by be-coming one of the first to hold drive-thru viewing.
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WAYNE ARTHUR SCHEWE , JR

December 27, 2021

WAYNE ARTHUR SCHEWE JR of Joliet, IL died December 27, 2021 at the age of 51. A funeral direc-tor and embalmer for twenty-eight years, he worked for multiple funeral homes in the area before owning his own funeral and cremation service. Schewe re-ceived his Bachelors degree in mortuary science from the Worsham College of Mortuary Science.
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BRIAN EDWARD LAURENT , SR

December 22, 2021

BRIAN EDWARD LAURENT SR of Naples, FL died December 22, 2021 at the age of 52. A licensed funeral director, he began his career in Bedford, MA before relocating to southwestern Florida to work at Fuller Funeral Home and Cremation Center. Laurent graduated from the New England institute of Mortuary Science in Boston.
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JOHN DANIEL TERRY

December 21, 2021

JOHN DANIEL TERRY of Hindman, KY died De-cember 21, 2021 at the age of 73. He served the people of Eastern Kentucky as funeral director and owner of Hindman Funeral Services for over fifty years. Terry was also a longtime insurance agent with Investors Heritage Life Insurance Company. A founder of Mountain Memory Gardens, Bethel Me-morial Mausoleum and Terry Memorials, he served the Knott County...
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GERALD D. "JERRY" LUCIA

December 17, 2021

GERALD D. "JERRY" LUCIA of Mt. Pleasant, PA died December 17, 2021 at the age of 76. A member of the Allegheny County Funeral Directors Association, he was employed by the Klocek Burial Vault Company in Mt. Pleasant. Lucia was currently working at the Mt. Pleasant Removal Service.
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JOE WHITE BAILEY

December 16, 2021

JOE WHITE BAILEY of Greenville, OH formerly of Arcanum and Versailles, OH died December 16, 2021 at the age of 84. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he was first employed by the Rutherford Funeral Homes of Columbus and Worthington. From 1965 to 1979, Bailey was employed by the C.J. Miller & Sons Funeral Home in Greenville as a licensed mortician. In October of 1979 Bailey and his wife...
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JEAN LOUISE LEWANDOWSKI POLAND

December 16, 2021

JEAN LOUISE LEWANDOWSKI POLAND of Conway, PA died December 16, 2021 at the age of 71. A 1984 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mor-tuary Science, she worked alongside her husband, the late James Walter "J.W." Poland at the Poland Fu-neral Home, Inc in Conway for thirty-five years. After his death in 2014, she continued as owner, funeral director and supervisor until 2019.
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JOHN ARTHUR CHARLES DAHLKE

December 14, 2021

JOHN ARTHUR CHARLES DAHLKE of Weyau-wega, WI died December 14, 2021 at the age of 82. A licensed funeral director, he started his professional career in 1965 when he joined the Bauer Funeral Home in Weyauwega. Two years later, Dahlke part-nered with Wes Fenske and Dave Rusch to purchase the Bauer Funeral Home and form Cline-Hanson-Dahlke Funeral Home with locations in Weyauwega and Manawa. He...
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GEORGE W DAVIS

December 11, 2021

GEORGE W. DAVIS of Danville, VA died Decem-ber 11, 2021 at the age of 92. He began his career in the funeral industry working for his aunt at McKee Funeral Home and then went on to work at Colbert Funeral Home in Gretna for a short time. After re-ceiving his funeral directors' licenses in 1964, he be-gan working for Swicegood Funeral Home as a funer-al director and vice president. Davis continued...
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JUDY LOVE JOYCE

December 8, 2021

JUDY LOVE JOYCE of Dalton, GA died December 8, 2021 at the age of 77. She was the owner and op-erator of Love Funeral Home, which was founded by her father Jack, grandfather Maddox and uncle Har-old in 1935.
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MICHAEL GLENN QUESENBERRY

December 7, 2021

MICHAEL GLENN QUESENBERRY of Glade Springs, WV died December 7, 2021 at the age of 70. He was co-owner of Rose and Quesenbery Funer-al Homes along with his brother J. David Quesenber-ry.
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ROBERT S HARPER, JR

December 6, 2021

ROBERT S. HARPER JR of Kalamazoo, MI died December 6, 2021 at the age of 85. He became the youngest licensed funeral director with House of Diggs at the age of twenty-five. Harper worked for the firm for two years before joining the staff at Charles T. Cole Funeral Home in Detroit. He relo-cated to Kalamazoo in 1969 to open Harper Funeral Home, which he owned and operated. A graduate of the...
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ANDREW N BOUCHER

December 6, 2021

ANDREW N. BOUCHER of Gardner, MA died December 6, 2021 at the age of 50. A licensed funer-al director and embalmer, he was the owner and op-erator of Boucher Funeral Home, Inc for more than thirty years, working alongside his father, Normand, and more recently, his nephew Jacob.
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WILLIAM ANDREW WHITE

December 2, 2021

WILLIAM ANDREW WHITE of Knoxville, TN died December 2, 2021 at the age of 71. He was a photographer for the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association Inc for over thirty years. White also served as an media/editor and photographer for Jarnigan & Sons Mortuary.
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MARY LOUISE WINSTON

November 27, 2021

MARY LOUISE WINSTON of Los Angeles, CA died November 27, 2021 at the age of 90. A licensed funeral director, she served as president and CEO of the House of Winston Mortuary until she retired and sold the funeral home. Winston was a member of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Associa-tion, and was past president of the 100 Black Women of Funeral Service Inc and the National Ladies...
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SUZANNE MARIE "SUE" GEBEL

November 25, 2021

SUZANNE MARIE "SUE" GEBEL of Urbandale, IA died November 25, 2021 at the age of 55. For the past seventeen years, she dedicated her life to promot-ing and supporting funeral service excellence. In 2004, Gebel became the executive director for the Iowa Funeral Directors Association, having served on its board of governors and funeral services of Iowa. Board. She was a member of the National...
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JERRE WIRT BLANK

November 22, 2021

JERRE WIRT BLANK of Northumberland, PA died November 22, 2021 at the age of 82. A fourth-generation funeral director, he took over the funeral business from his mother, Ethel M. Blank and his aunt., E. Jane (Wirt) Macdonald Wetzel in 1968. Blank graduated from the Eckels School of Mortuary Science.
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ROBERT BRUCE BURKE

November 21, 2021

ROBERT BRUCE BURKE of Oxford, OH died No-vember 21, 2021 at the age of 56. He was a funeral director and embalmer at Ogle & Paul R. Young Funeral Homes. Burke graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2010.
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PAUL J CARBONNEAU

November 21, 2021

PAUL J. CARBONNEAU of Barre, VT died No-vember 21, 2021 at the age of 87. A funeral director, he spent his entire career at the Pruneau-Polli Funer-al Home in Barre, which he started in 1946. Car-bonneau was a member of the National Funerals Di-rectors Association
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CHARLES "C.J." JOHN MACKEY

November 17, 2021

CHARLES "C.J." JOHN MACKEY of Baton Rouge, LA died November 17, 2021 at the age of 88. A funeral director, he served his internship at Doro-thy Lawless Mortuary in New Orleans before open-ing Armstrong and Mackey Funeral Home in 1987. It later became Carney and Mackey Funeral Home and then Charles Mackey Funeral Home. He was the president and sole owner of the firm until his health declined in...
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RICHARD "RICK" CRANK

November 15, 2021

RICHARD "RICK" CRANK of Cross Lanes, WV died November 15, 2021 at the age of 80. A retired funeral director and embalmer, he worked for many funeral homes in the West Virginia, Kentucky, Florida and Ohio areas.
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STANLEY ANDREW SZPINDOR

November 15, 2021

STANLEY ANDREW SZPINDOR of Trooper, PA died November 15, 2021 at the age of 84. A licensed funeral director, he was the owner and operator of Szpindor Funeral Home for forty years. Szpindor graduated from the American Academy McAllister Insti-tute of Funeral Service.
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THOMAS RAY MILLS

November 14, 2021

THOMAS RAY MILLS of Longs, SC died Novem-ber 14, 2021 at the age of 83. He worked as a funeral director with Goldfinch Funeral Home until his re-tirement.
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DAVID STEPHEN ALTUM

November 14, 2021

DAVID STEPHEN ALTUM of Chattanooga, TN died November 14, 2021 at the age of 57. A funeral director, he worked many years at Williamson and Sons Funeral Home in Soddy Daisy, Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home in Calhoun, GA and most recently at Lane Funeral Home and Crematory South Crest Chapel.
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HAROLD WARREN SR

November 13, 2021

HAROLD WARREN SR of Columbia, MO died November 13, 2021 at the age of 89. A licensed Mis-souri funeral director and embalmer, he worked at Stuart Funeral Home in Columbia. Eventually, War-ren and his wife, Helen, purchased the firm, renam-ing it Warren Funeral Chapel. He graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science.
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FRANKLIN J FORSYTHE

November 13, 2021

FRANKLIN J. FORSYTHE of New Lenox, formerly of Manhattan, IL died November 13, 2021 at the age of 97. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for seventy-four years, he founded an ambulance service and Forsythe Funeral Home. A 1947 graduate of the Worsham College of Mortuary Science, he was the recip-ient of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association 50 years of Distinctive Service Award.
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DAVID A GARDNER

November 11, 2021

DAVID A. GARDNER of Windsor, CT died No-vember 11, 2021 at the age of 66. He served the South Windsor, Enfield, Windsor Locks and Somers communities for almost forty years as a funeral direc-tor. A graduate of the Mount Ida Mortuary College, Gardner was a member of the Connecticut Funeral Di-rectors Association.
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STEVEN MICHAEL MACK

November 10, 2021

STEVEN MICHAEL MACK of Van Wert, OH died November 10, 2021 at the age of 66. A retired funer-al director, he worked at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home for thirty-three years. A 1979 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a mem-ber of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association District 3.
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RICHARD A. FERRIS

November 9, 2021

RICHARD A. FERRIS of Lititz, PA died November 9, 2021 at the age of 81. He was the co-founder and then owner of R. A. Ferris & Co, Inc., a funeral di-rector's cremation service in West Chester, PA. Ferris earned his funeral licenses from Eckels College of Mor-tuary Science and worked for many funeral homes in Delaware County before establishing the crematory in 1974.
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MELVIN "MEL" DEAN LARSON

November 9, 2021

MELVIN "MEL" DEAN LARSON of Shoreview, MN died November 9, 2021 at the age of 85. He was a funeral director for nearly sixty years.
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VANDERLYN R. PINE

November 9, 2021

DR. VANDERLYN R. PINE, a lifelong resident of New Paltz, NY died November 9, 2021 at the age of 83. Upon his father's death in 1957, Pine left Dart-mouth College to help operate Pine Funeral Home. In 1970 he formed Research and Analysis Associates to carry out his appointment as management consultant for NFDA. A college professor at SUNY, Dr. Pine published articles and books, as well as...
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BOOKER T. HOGAN , JR

November 5, 2021

BOOKER T. HOGAN JR of Brenham, TX died November 5, 2021 at the age of 86. A third-generation funeral director, he was the owner and op-erator of the Hogan Funeral Home.
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ROBERT L. "BOB" PARKS

November 1, 2021

ROBERT L. "BOB" PARKS of Enfield, CT died November 1, 2021 at the age of 90. He owned and operated Parks Superior Sales Inc in Somers from 1952 until 2010.
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BRIAN REESE GILLESPIE

October 31, 2021

BRIAN REESE GILLESPIE of Bellefontaine, OH died October 31, 2021 at the age of 65. He was a long-time sales representative for Batesville Casket Company, covering as a sales trainee in the states of North Dakota, eastern Montana and western Minnesota. In 1980, Gillespie accepted a sales territory in central Pennsylvania. Following an additional seven years of service with Batesville, he completed...
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JOHN STEPHEN SMITH

October 28, 2021

JOHN STEPHEN SMITH of North Little Rock, AR died October 28, 2021 at the age of 78. He was president of the North Little Rock Funeral Home, which was established by his father, Clifford Smith in 1955. For the next forty-five years, Smith and his wife Kay, worked to build the funeral home to be one of the largest and most respected funeral homes in the state. Together, John and Kay were elected...
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J. ROBERT "ROB" VARNER

October 27, 2021

J. ROBERT "ROB" VARNER of Sligo, PA died October 27, 2021 at the age of 58. A funeral director, he was the owner and operator of Varner Funeral Home in Sligo and Rimersburg for the last thirty-three years. Varner graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1986.
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JACK MILLER

October 27, 2021

JACK MILLER of Gretna, VA died October 27, 2021 at the age of 89. He completed his funeral director and embalmers apprenticeship at Community Funeral Home in Lynchburg, VA under the supervision of the late M. W. Thornhill, Jr. Miller later served as a funeral director and embalmer at Craw-ford Funeral Home in Halifax before establishing Miller Funeral Home in Gretna in 1964. A 1962 graduate of...
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JAMES A REED

October 27, 2021

JAMES A. REED of Riverhead, formerly of Manorville, NY died October 27, 2021 at the age of 79. A New York State funeral director, he worked for the S. B. Horton Funeral Home in Greenport, Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home in Riverhead and the DeFreist Funeral Home in Southold. Reed was a long-time sales associate in the casket industry, having worked for the National Casket Company, Batesville...
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SHIRLEY ANN MOORE ALTHOFF

October 24, 2021

SHIRLEY ANN MOORE ALTHOFF of Centerville, OH died October 24, 2021 at the age of 85. A licensed funeral director, she was vice president and co-owner of Schlientz and Moore Funeral Homes. Althoff was the first female president of the Greater Montgomery County Funeral Directors Association and was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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HERRY L CAPELLO) RONAN

October 23, 2021

SHERRY L (CAPELLO) RONAN of Carlisle, PA died October 23, 2021 at the age of 54. She assisted her husband, Lynn A. Ronan in operating the Ronan Funeral Home.
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GEORGE LESICKO

October 18, 2021

GEORGE LESICKO of New Douglas, IL died October 18, 2021 at the age of 91. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for fifty years, he was the owner and operator of Lesicko Funeral Home, which he purchased alongside his wife, Clara in 1961. They were also pioneers in EMT service receiving their training while operating Lesicko Ambulance Service from 1961 to 1976. A 1953 graduate of the College of...
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RABBI EARL A GROLLMAN

October 15, 2021

RABBI EARL A. GROLLMAN of Belmont, MA died October 15, 2021 at the age of 96. A pioneer in the field of death and dying, he wrote one of the first books for children about death, Talking about Death: A Dialogue Between Parent and Child. He was one of the founders the Good Grief program. Grollman had written 27 books on all aspects of loss and grief, such as Alzheimer's disease, divorce, and death...
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VAUGHN E PAINE

October 15, 2021

VAUGHN E. PAINE of Orwell, OH died October 15, 2021 at the age of 77. He was the former owner of Paine Funeral Homes in Orwell and Rock Creek.
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JOHN BAMBER

October 14, 2021

JOHN BAMBER of Mason, OH died October 14, 2021 at the age of 81. A retired funeral director at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Homes, he was the former owner and operator of Bamber Funeral Home in East Walnut Hills. Bamber was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
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THOMAS DAVID CARROLL

October 12, 2021

THOMAS DAVID CARROLL of Paris, IL died October 12, 2021 at the age of 68. A third-generation funeral director for forty-six years, he worked at Zieren Funeral Home before owning and operating Carroll Funeral Home. Carroll was also a licensed insurance agent for Forethought and Global Atlantic insurance companies. He was a member of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association and the National...
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TIMOTHY L NICHOLSON

October 8, 2021

TIMOTHY L. NICHOLSON of Carrier Mills, IL died October 8, 2021 at the age of 64. A longtime funeral director and embalmer, he co-owned Absher-Nicholson Funeral Home. A 1977 graduate of the Southern Illinois University School of Mortuary Science, Nicholson was treasurer of the Salem Cemetery Associa-tion and Providence Cemetery Association.
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RONALD L LOMPE

October 7, 2021

RONALD L. LOMPE of Waterloo, IA died October 7, 2021 at the age of 83. A funeral director for fifty-three years, he managed Chapel of Memories Funeral Home and continued to manage Parrott & Wood and Chapel of Memories Funeral Home when they merged in 1967, until it was sold. Lompe continued to work there until 2006. He graduated from the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science.
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RONNIE D. "RON" MARTIN

October 4, 2021

RONNIE D. "RON" MARTIN of Pendleton, OR died October 4, 2021 at the age of 69. A funeral director for fifty years, he worked with various funeral homes in California and Oregon before managing the Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Home in Salem, Bateman Funeral Home in Newport, and Pacific View Memo-rial Chapel in Lincoln City. In 2008, Martin and his wife, Valori purchased Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom...
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JAMES POWELL HUNTER III

October 3, 2021

JAMES POWELL HUNTER III of Lufkin, TX died October 3, 2021 at the age of 84. A licensed funeral director for over fifty-six years, he formerly owned Oakley-Metcalf in Lufkin and Cason-Monk-Metcalf in Nacogdoches. Hunter was the founder, chairman and CEO of Equity Corporation International, which merged with Service Corporation International in 1999 after trading on the NYSE. He was a former...
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JOSEPH F REBMAN, CCCE

October 3, 2021

REV. MSGR. JOSEPH F. REBMAN, CCCE of Wilmington, DE died October 3, 2021 at the age of 85. Pastor at St. Joseph's more than 21 years, Msgr. Rebman served in numerous jobs at the Diocese of Wilmington including chancellor, vicar general and judicial vicar. His resume lists almost every important role a priest can fulfill. He met two popes in his life-time, both saints, John XXIII during his...
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BENJAMIN R EASTERLING, JR

October 1, 2021

BENJAMIN R. EASTERLING JR of Canal Fulton, OH died October 1, 2021 at the age of 71. A funeral director for forty-five years, he began working part-time at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home in Barberton. In 1978, Easterling started working at Swigart Funeral Home in Canal Fulton, which he purchased in 1989. He owned and operated it for thirty-two years. A graduate of the Pittsburgh...
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KAYE PATTERSON

September 29, 2021

KAYE PATTERSON of Fort Worth, TX died September 29, 2021 at the age of 67. A licensed funeral director, she and her husband, David founded Glob-al Mortuary Affairs in Mesquite in 2006. She owned and operated it until her retirement.
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RANDON LEE SHORT

September 29, 2021

RANDON LEE SHORT of Archbold, OH died September 29, 2021 at the age of 71. A licensed funeral director, he worked alongside his father, Robert Short at Short Funeral Home. He became the owner and operator of the firm upon his father's retirement in 2016.
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LARRY C REAVES

September 24, 2021

LARRY C. REAVES of Johnson City, TN died September 24, 2021 at the age of 78. A retired licensed funeral director and grief facilitator, he worked at Appalachian Funeral Home for over forty years. He served as president of the Upper East Tennessee-Southwest Virginia Funeral Directors Association.
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BOBBY G FANNING

September 22, 2021

BOBBY G. FANNING of Tullahoma, TN died September 22, 2021 at the age of 86. A retired funeral director, Fanning served as an embalmer in Saigon, Vietnam, 1965-1966, with the United States Air Force. After Vietnam, Bobby was employed with Robert A. Pumphrey Funeral Home in Bethesda, MD and the Danzansky and Goldberg Funeral Home in Washington DC/Rockville, MD. In 1982, he relocated to North Palm...
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DUPLAIN W. "PETE" RHODES III

September 22, 2021

DUPLAIN W. "PETE" RHODES III of New Orleans, LA died September 22, 2021 at the age of 61. He managed Rhodes Limousine Service. A graduate of the Worhsam College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Louisiana Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.
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ALBERT J. "PETE" KRISTAN

September 20, 2021

ALBERT J. "PETE" KRISTAN of Mundelein, IL died September 20, 2021 at the age of 95. He worked for Tobin's Funeral Home in Waukegan be-fore opening Burnett-Kristan Funeral Home in 1954, which became Kristan Funeral Home in 1969. A 1948 graduate of the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association and the Northeastern Illinois Funeral...
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TIMOTHY J. STEVENHAGEN

September 15, 2021

TIMOTHY J. STEVENHAGEN of Manchester, OH died September 15, 2021 at the age of 72. He was a licensed funeral director and certified celebrant, working with Bacher Funeral Home and since 2006, the Swigart-Easterling Funeral Home.
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HERVEY W WALKER, JR

September 12, 2021

HERVEY W. WALKER JR of McCormick, SC died September 12, 2021 at the age of 95. He was the owner and operator of Walker Funeral Home in McCormick, SC and Brown and Walker Funeral Home in Abbeville, SC. Walker graduated from The American Academy of Embalming in New York in 1946.
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DAVID A ROSS

September 12, 2021

DAVID A. ROSS of Akron, OH died September 12, 2021 at the age of 82. A graduate of the Simmons Institute of Mortuary Science, he joined his father in the family business, Ross Funeral Home, where he was a funeral director for over fifty years.
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HENRY PRESTON SHAW

September 12, 2021

HENRY PRESTON SHAW of Thomasville, GA died September 12, 2021 at the age of 26. He obtained an associate degree from Ogeechee Technical College in mortuary science and was a licensed funeral director and embalmer apprentice at Hopkins Mortuary Inc.
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JACK R SCHMIDT

September 12, 2021

JACK R. SCHMIDT of Chagrin Falls, OH died September 12, 2021 at the age of 81. In 1976, Jack continued his father's business, which is the National Di-rectory of Morticians (The Red Book). Jack built his legacy by hiring retired business people as salesman; of-ten times employing friends. He was always up for a good joke, with his dry humor. He had an uncanny knack of making you feel like were...
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JOHN BERNARD SCHMITT

September 10, 2021

JOHN BERNARD SCHMITT of Shoreview, MN died September 10, 2021 at the age of 84. He was a longtime salesman for Brown Wilbert Vault Co.
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EDWARD TIMOTHY "TIM" O'NEILL

September 7, 2021

EDWARD TIMOTHY "TIM" O'NEILL of Day-ton, OH died September 7, 2021 at the age of 75. He was associated with, and has assisted many funeral homes throughout his career as a licensed Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky funeral director and embalmer. O'Neill later became an account executive at Homesteaders Life Company, and for the past ten years he represented Cincinnati Equitable Life as an account...
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LARRY JOE ALEXANDER

September 6, 2021

LARRY JOE ALEXANDER of Jerseyville, IL died September 6, 2021 at the age of 57. A funeral director and embalmer, he started his career at Gubser Funeral Home in 1985 and became owner in 2000, naming it Alexander & Gubser Funeral Home. In 2020, the funeral home became Alexander Funeral Home. He was the longest running coroner in Jersey County, having been elected in1992. A graduate of the Worsham...
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JOE A BUNN

September 3, 2021

JOE A. BUNN of Columbus Grove, OH died September 3, 2021 at the age of 77. He started his job at Superior Coach Corporation in Lima the day after he graduated from college in 1964. Passionate about the funeral car industry throughout his 57 year career, Joe was known as "Mr. Superior." He served as Vice President of Sales Distribution at the time of his death.
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HENRY L. . "STALLY" STALLWORTH

September 1, 2021

HENRY L. "STALLY" STALLWORTH of Orlan-do, FL died September 1, 2021 at the age of 88. He was the head embalmer for Postell's Mortuary for over twenty-five years as well as a trade embalmer for several local firms.
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RALPH E GALLEY

August 28, 2021

RALPH E. GALLEY of Dawson, PA died August 28, 2021 at the age of 98. A funeral director, he was the proprietor of the Ralph E. Galley Funeral Home for seventy years, which was founded by his father, Frank B. Galley. A graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, he served as deputy coroner for many years.
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JERRY GILMORE III

August 27, 2021

JERRY GILMORE III of Winston-Salem, NC died August 27, 2021 at the age of 75. A longtime funeral director, he was the owner and operator of Gilmore Memorial Funeral Service, which was founded by his father. A 1966 graduate of the John A. Gupton College of Funeral Service, he served on its board and was chairman of state and national funeral directors associations.
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JERRY GILMORE III

August 27, 2021

JERRY GILMORE III of Winston-Salem, NC died August 27, 2021 at the age of 75. A longtime funeral director, he was the owner and operator of Gilmore Memorial Funeral Service, which was founded by his father. A 1966 graduate of the John A. Gupton College of Funeral Service, he served on its board and was chairman of state and national funeral directors associations.
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MONTY RENN THORNBURG

August 23, 2021

MONTY RENN THORNBURG of Kings Mountain, NC died August 18, 2021 at the age of 61. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he began his funeral service career at Harris Funeral Home in 1998. Thornburg was manager of the firm since 2017. He graduated from the Fayetteville Technical College with an associate's degree in funeral service.
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RICHARD ALAN JONES

August 19, 2021

RICHARD ALAN JONES of Harlan, IA died Au-gust 19, 2021 at the age of 80. He became a licensed funeral director in the state of Iowa in 1965 and the state of Nebraska in 1968. Jones started his funeral career in Council Bluffs before moving to Harlan to work at Pauley Funeral Home, which he purchased in 1975. In 2003, Jones partnered with his son, Michael and renamed the firm, Pauley Jones Funeral...
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STEPHEN E. "STEVE" BURGESS

August 10, 2021

STEPHEN E. "STEVE" BURGESS of Coshocton, OH died August 10, 2021 at the age of 62. He worked as a professional salesman for American Coach Sales for over twenty-five years. Burgess served funeral professionals in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and beyond helping funeral directors obtain hearses, lim-ousines and utility vehicles for their fleets.
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DONALD GENE "DONNIE" FORD

August 9, 2021

DONALD GENE "DONNIE" FORD of Grafton, WV died August 9, 2021 at the age of 71. He owned and operated the Donald G. Ford Funeral Home for forty-two years. A graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association.
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THEODORE "TED" M. CHAPMAN

August 7, 2021

THEODORE "TED" M. CHAPMAN of Carlisle, OH died August 7, 2021 at the age of 99. He co-founded the Trostel, Chapman, Dunbar & Fraley Funeral Home and was president of the Chapman-Raff, Inc. Chapman retired from the Trostel-Chapman Funeral Home and Richards Raff & Dun-bar Memorial Home at the end of 1988 as a funeral director and embalmer. He continued to work in the funeral homes for over fifty...
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MARVIN F STEWARD

August 7, 2021

MARVIN F. STEWARD of Pueblo, CO died Au-gust 7, 2021 at the age of 77. In 1966, he began his career in funeral service at the Rouch Funeral Home. In 1986, he and Gerry Montgomery purchased the funeral home, renaming it Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors. In 1996, the City of Pueblo awarded them the contract to manage Mountain View Cemetery. A graduate of the Dallas Institute of Mortuary...
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GREGORY "GREG" R. LYBRANO

August 6, 2021

GREGORY "GREG" R. LYBRANO of Kingsport, TN died August 6, 2021. A licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1976, he held licenses in the state of Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York. Lybrano worked at Carter-Trent Funeral Homes as he held several titles in the fifteen plus years, he was currently an operations support specialist.
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CHARLES R FRENCH, MD

August 6, 2021

DR. CHARLES R. FRENCH, MD of Brazil, IN died August 6, 2021 at the age of 71. A Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, he was a licensed funeral director in the states of Indiana and Illinois. French and his wife, Susie purchased the Miller and Sons Funeral Home in 1995 and owned and operated it as French Funeral Home. A graduate of the Carl Sand-burg College of Mortuary Science, he served as...
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EARL MACK SHAW , JR

August 6, 2021

EARL MACK SHAW JR of Jackson, TN died Au-gust 6, 2021 at the age of 62. A licensed funeral director since 1978, he began working in the funeral business at an early age, helping his parents in the family business, Stephenson-Shaw Funeral Home, Inc. Upon the death of his father 1987, Earl Jr assumed the position of president and chief financial officer. He graduated from the John A. Gupton College...
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HEYWARD "TREY" PRESTON SCOTT

August 5, 2021

HEYWARD "TREY" PRESTON SCOTT of Seneca, SC died August 5, 2021 at the age of 45. He was the owner and operator of the Keowee Funeral Services of Oconee County since 2019, a firm that he has been affiliated with since 2016.
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JANICE LYNN (BLACK) NOVAK

August 5, 2021

JANICE LYNN (BLACK) NOVAK of Brownsville, PA died August 5, 2021 at the age of 47. She was co-owner of the Novak Funeral Home in Brownsville. A graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, Novak was a member of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association.
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SAMUEL J STEFF

August 4, 2021

SAMUEL J. STEFF of Albion, PA died August 4, 2021 at the age of 76. He started his career in the funeral profession, working at Rzepka, Dusckas, Quinn and Kloecker Funeral Homes. In 1978, Steff along with his family, purchased the James P. Summers Funeral Home and operated it until 2008, when he retired. In 1978, he was appointed to serve as a part time deputy coroner in the West Erie County area...
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LEVI RODNEY KING , SR

August 3, 2021

DR. LEVI RODNEY KING SR of Belleville, IL died August 3, 2021 at the age of 73. He was the owner and operator of the L King Funeral Chapels PC in Belleville. A member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Illinois Funeral Directors Association and the St. Clair County Funeral Directors Association, he served on the board of directors and was a graduate of the Midwest Theological...
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