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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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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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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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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 "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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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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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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RONALD M SIMS

September 23, 2020

RONALD M. SIMS of Talladega, AL died September 23, 2020 at the age of 71. He was the co-owner of Sims Funeral Service.
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ARTHUR EUGENE "GENE" GRIER, JR

September 22, 2020

ARTHUR EUGENE "GENE" GRIER JR of Charlotte, NC died September 22, 2020 at the age of 77. A third generation funeral director, he established the A. E. Grier & Sons Funeral and Cremation, LLC alongside sons, Arthur E. Grier, II and Allen E. Grier. He continued to own and operate it until his retirement. A 1969 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was vice president of the Fu...
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LAMAR KERMIT "MOTT" WATKINS

September 20, 2020

LAMAR KERMIT "MOTT" WATKINS of Forest, MS died September 20, 2020 at the age of 90. He was a funeral director for over 50 years and retired from Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Forest. Watkins was recognized by the Mississippi Funeral Directors Association with his 50-year plaque.
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GREGORY HAROLD "GREGG" HAMPTON

September 5, 2020

GREGORY HAROLD "GREGG" HAMPTON of Boone, NC died September 5, 2020 at the age of 61. A licensed funeral director for over 40 years, he was vice president of Hampton Funeral Service, which was established by his parents, Barney and Tommie Hampton in 1974.
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BERNARD "BUD" S. SKAJA, SR

August 30, 2020

BERNARD "BUD" S. SKAJA SR of Park Ridge, IL died August 30, 2020 at the age of 89. A 1951 graduate of the Worsham College of Mortuary Science, he was a funeral director and a senior partner at Skaja Terrace Funeral Homes of Niles.
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MARY REBECCA "BECKY" KAPPEL

August 29, 2020

MARY REBECCA "BECKY" KAPPEL of Lebanon Junction, KY died August 29, 2020 at the age of 72. A retired funeral director and embalmer, she worked alongside her husband, Tommy in co-owning the Kappel Funeral Homes in Lebanon Junction and Boston for nearly 34 years. A 1990 graduate of the Mid-America College of Funeral Service, she was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and served...
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MARY S DILLEY

August 28, 2020

MARY S. DILLEY of Flemingsburg, KY died August 28, 2020 at the age of 81. She worked alongside her husband, Pete Dilley, as a funeral director and co-owner of the Harris-Dilley Funeral Home in Bladensburg and North-Dilley Funeral Home in Mount Vernon.
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LEWIS HUNTER WARNER

August 27, 2020

LEWIS HUNTER WARNER of Winston Salem, NC died August 27, 2020 at the age of 76. A licensed funeral director for forty-eight years, he had a lifelong career as a funeral director at Vogler's Funeral Home, now known as Salem Funeral Home.
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JANICE L EARL

August 26, 2020

JANICE L. EARL of Forsyth, IL died August 26, 2020 at the age of 46. She worked as a receptionist at the Brintlinger & Earl Funeral Home in Decatur for the past twenty-three years. A spokesperson for Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network, she served on the convention committee of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association and was the former chairperson.
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THOMAS F VERDI

August 26, 2020

THOMAS F. VERDI of Pulaski, PA died August 26, 2020 at the age of 54. A graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, he worked as a licensed funeral director and pre-need manager of the Noga Funeral Home Inc for the past year.
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LARRY DEAN MORRISON

August 22, 2020

LARRY DEAN MORRISON of Lexington, NC died Au-gust 22, 2020 at the age of 75. He began his career in funeral service as a teenager at Piedmont Funeral Home in Lexington, as an ambulance attendant. He later became president of the firm. For four decades, Morrison served as co-owner, corporate secretary and general manager of Davidson Funeral Home. A graduate of the John A. Gupton College of Funeral...
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CHARLES "CHARLIE" H. VORNHOLT

August 19, 2020

CHARLES "CHARLIE" H. VORNHOLT of New Bremen, OH died August 19, 2020 at the age of 95. A retired funeral director, he owned and operated the Vornholt Funeral Homes in New Bremen and New Knoxville for thirty eight years. He spent several years directing funerals with Miller Funeral Homes in Saint Marys and Knoxville. A 1948 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of...
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WILLIAM PENN TROY , SR

August 15, 2020

WILLIAM PENN TROY SR of Mullins, SC died August 15, 2020 at the age of 76. He served his apprenticeship with Foxworth Funeral Home in Mullins before establishing Troy's Funeral Home. In 1988 he expanded his services to Loris, SC where he opened the doors to Legette-Troy's Funeral Home. Troy held a funeral directors license in North and South Carolina and was Governor of the South Carolina...
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WANDA FERN THOMAS

August 14, 2020

WANDA FERN THOMAS of Miami, OK died August 14, 2020 at the age of 96. A licensed funeral director for 65 years, she worked alongside her husband William Paul Thomas at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Picher, which they established in 1948. A second location in Miami was opened in 1991 and in 2005 the Commerce location was established. Thomas was a 50-year member of the Oklahoma Funeral Directors...
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TODD J. KENDRICK

August 9, 2020

TODD J. KENDRICK of Atlanta, MI died August 9, 2020 at the age of 45. A licensed funeral director since 1998, he served families of Montgomery County alongside his dad, Russell Kendrick at the Green Funeral Home. Upon his dad's retirement in 2007, Todd obtained ownership of the firm. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in mortuary science from the Wayne State University in 1977.
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JOHN ANDREW COWAN

August 8, 2020

JOHN ANDREW COWAN of Van Wert, OH died Au-gust 8, 2020 at the age of 47. A graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a funeral director with Cowan & Son Funeral Home for twenty-two years.
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FRANK R. PISARSKI , SR

August 4, 2020

FRANK R. PISARSKI SR of Stevens Point, WI died August 14, 2020 at the age of 88. He began working as a funeral director at his parents firm, Pisarski & Sons Funeral Home in Roseland. In 1973 he purchased the former Dzikoski Funeral Home in Stevens Point, renamed it Pisarski Funeral Homes. He continued to own and operate the business until his sons Frank Jr and David purchased it in 1999. Pisarski...
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JOHN L. FREUND

August 4, 2020

JOHN L. FREUND of Marengo, IL died August 4, 2020at the age of 70. A funeral director, he apprenticed with George R. Justen & Son Funeral Home before working at the Warner & Flagg Funeral Home in Crystal Lake. He owned and operated the Freund Funeral Home in Wonder Lake from 1978-1983. He purchased Cooper Funeral Home in Marengo and then formed Marengo-Union Funeral Home. In 1992 Freund purchased...
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CYNTHIA MESSINA

August 1, 2020

CYNTHIA MESSINA of Coral Springs, FL died August 1, 2020 at the age of 58. Originally from Cleveland, OH, Cindy moved to Florida for a career with SCI. A funeral director for 35 years, she was the manager at Kraeer Funeral Home in Coral Springs. She was a graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
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JAMES W PIRKLE

July 29, 2020

JAMES W. PIRKLE of Washington, IN died July 29, 2020 at the age of 85. In1957 he joined the Gill Brothers as funeral director/mortician and upon their retirement in 1974, Pirkle assumed ownership of the firm. He owned and operated it alongside his wife, Margaret for over fifty years. He graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science.
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EDWARD "ED" GILLAR

July 29, 2020

EDWARD "ED" GILLAR of Bryan, TX died July 29, 2020 at the age of 84. A licensed funeral director and mortician for over fifty-four years, he worked at Hillier Funeral Home and later Memorial Funeral Chapel. A Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service, he was a member of the Mt. Calvary Cemetery board.
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KRYAN "KY" MILLER

July 28, 2020

KRYAN "KY" MILLER of Hermiston, OR died July 28, 2020 at the age of 74. In 1972 he began working for Wilson Funeral Home in Midland and later served as manager. Miller became the sole shareholder in 1987 and renamed it Wilson Miller Funeral Home. He then moved operations from Ashman Street to its current location on Saginaw Road, which is where he lived with his dogs until he moved to Oregon. He...
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LOIS P VILLASEÑOR

July 28, 2020

LOIS P. VILLASEÑOR of Austin, TX died July 28, 2020 at the age of 87. A funeral director for over 40 years, she was the founder and owner of Mission Funeral Home. A 1961 graduate of the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service, she was the first Hispanic woman to serve on the Texas Funeral Service commission as a 1989 appointee. Villaseñor served six years before being asked to serve as the...
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PATRICK HANCOCK

July 25, 2020

PATRICK HANCOCK of Batesville, AR died July 25, 2020 at the age of 80. He was a licensed funeral director for almost thirty years.
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STEVEN MITCHELL DOBBS

July 23, 2020

STEVEN MITCHELL DOBBS of Silsbee, TX died July 23, 2020at the age of 59. He was a funeral director and embalmer in Texas for twelve years, having served Farmer Funeral Home. He graduated from the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service.
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NEDRA NEHER DOWNS

July 22, 2020

NEDRA NEHER DOWNS of Springfield, OH died July 22, 2020 at the age of 89. She was past president of the Neher Burial Vault Co and the Ohio Burial Vault Association.
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JOHN EVERETT THOMASSON

July 22, 2020

JOHN EVERETT THOMASSON of Louisa, VA died July 22, 2020 at the age of 98. He founded Thomasson Funeral Home in 1951 and later expanded in Fork Union, VA in 1996. Thomasson operated both locations for 53 years. A 1948 graduate of Eckels College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Richmond Funeral Directors Association and the Virginia Morticians' Association, where he was honored as the...
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H. E. SHELTON

July 18, 2020

H. E. SHELTON of Marietta, GA died July 18, 2020 at the age of 85. He attended mortuary school in Atlanta before purchasing the Hanley Company Funeral Home. He continued to own and operate the Hanley-Shelton Funeral Home for 51 years.
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ANITA A FLOWERS

July 18, 2020

ANITA A. FLOWERS of Dublin, OH died July 18, 2020 at the age of 92. She worked alongside her husband, Frank, in owning and operating the Flowers Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, OH from 1959 to 1981.
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WILLIAM LYVONE "LOWBOY" THORNTON

July 18, 2020

WILLIAM LYVONE "LOWBOY" THORNTON of Bono, AR died July 18, 2020 at the age of 75. A licensed funeral director and minister, he worked at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home for twelve years.
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MARY MARGARET ROEDER TRISKA

July 18, 2020

MARY MARGARET ROEDER TRISKA of El Campo, TX died July 18, 2020 at the age of 95. A retired funeral director, she was the former owner of Triska Funeral Home.
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GEORGE ONDRICK

July 17, 2020

GEORGE ONDRICK of Clarks Summit, PA died July 17, 2020 at the age of 88. He served the funeral profession for more than sixty years as a funeral director and as a representative for embalming suppliers. Ondrick formerly owned a funeral home in Clarks Green and later assisted area funeral directors. A graduate of the Simmons Institute of Funeral Service, he was a member of the Lackawanna County...
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DAVID F. "SCOTTIE" ERNST , JR

July 14, 2020

DAVID F. "SCOTTIE" ERNST JR of Standford, KY died July 14, 2020 at the age of 61. A 1982 graduate of the Mid-America College of Funeral Service, he was part owner of Fox Funeral Home and Barnett & Demrow Funeral Homes in Lincoln County before serving the past 18 years at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home in Lexington as a licensed funeral director. Scottie was deputy coroner for Lincoln County for...
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WILLIAM G. "BILL" BAKER

July 12, 2020

WILLIAM G. "BILL" BAKER of Arlington, TX died July 12, 2020 at the age of 85. He served in the funeral business for over 55 years and was the managing director of Arlington Funeral Home for many years. A graduate of the John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science, Bill tenured as president of the North Texas Funeral Directors Association as well as the Texas Funeral Directors Board in Austin and...
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