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    JOHN M MAZZARELLA   Parma, Ohio

    JOHN M. MAZZARELLA of Parma, OH died November 18, 2019 at the age of 79. He was the longtime manager of American Limousine Service and a founding member of the National Limousine Association.

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    JOHN W MCDOWELL   Reed City, Michigan

    JOHN W. MCDOWELL of Reed City, MI died November 13, 2019 at the age of 72. A funeral director for more than 50 years, he was the owner and operator of McDowell Funeral Home, which was established by his grandfather in 1913. A 1968 graduate of the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.

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    IRWIN WALTER SHIPPER   West Palm Beach, Florida

    IRWIN WALTER SHIPPER of West Palm Beach, FL died November 13, 2019 at the age of 88. He was an active member of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association for 69 years. Shipper served as president of the association from 1996–1998 and was inducted into the ICCFA Hall of Fame in 2004. He chaired the Government and Legal Affairs Committee for 25 years and in 2017 was named chairman emeritus of the committee.

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    SHELDON A. SCHLABACH   Shreve, Ohio

    SHELDON A. SCHLABACH of Shreve, OH died November 12, 2019 at the age of 56. A funeral director and embalmer, he was the owner and operator of Schlabach Funeral Home and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1984.

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    JOHN JOSEPH DEEB   Manchester, Connecticut

    JOHN JOSEPH DEEB of Manchester, CT died November 5, 2019 at the age of 75. He worked as an apprentice embalmer for Robinson and Wright Funeral Home in Centerbrook, CT before working as a funeral director at Holmes Funeral Homes in Manchester. Deeb retired in 2010 after 38 years. A 1965 graduate of the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, he was a member of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association.

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    JULIAN H. RENFRO, SR   Cincinnati, Ohio

    JULIAN H. RENFRO SR of Cincinnati, OH died October 31, 2019 at the age of 74. A third generation funeral director and embalmer, he was president of Renfro Funeral Services, where he had worked since the age of 18. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.

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    WILLIAM R BICAN   Cleveland, Ohio

    WILLIAM R. BICAN of Cleveland, OH died October 28, 2019 at the age of 70. A third generation funeral director, he was the owner of Bican Bros Funeral Home and a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.

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    BETTY SUE MCDANIEL   Bowling Green, Kentucky

    BETTY SUE MCDANIEL of Bowling Green, KY died October 24, 2019 at the age of 69. She was a funeral director at Hardy & Son Funeral Home for 20 years.

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    JACQUELYN S TAYLOR   Walpole, Massachusetts

    JACQUELYN S. TAYLOR of Walpole, MA died October 20, 2019 at the age of 66. A funeral director, embalmer and teacher, Jacquie served her apprenticeship at the McGaffey Andreason Eugene Memorial Chapel in Oregon before it was sold to Uniservice Corporation. Founder and CEO Ellsworth "Ells" Purdy became a devoted mentor to Taylor. She attended the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science, where she served as an instructor before being promoted to...

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    JUSTIN I HEATH   Belleville, Illinois

    JUSTIN I. HEATH of Belleville, IL died October 18, 2019 at the age of 43. He was employed at Schrader Funeral Home in St. Louis, MO and earned his degree in mortuary science at the Saint Louis Community College.

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    LARRY M THOMPSON   Greenwood, Indiana

    LARRY M. THOMPSON of Greenwood, IN died October 17, 2019 at the age of 75. A funeral director and embalmer for fifty-two years, he worked for the Watson Funeral Home in Cayuga, Miller Funeral Service in Brazil and the Russell & Hitch Funeral Home in Lebanon before retiring from the Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service in Greenwood after 25 years of service. Thompson and his wife, Nancy Jo, previously owned and operated the Watson Funeral Home in...

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    GERALD "JERRY" LEE SPRAGG   Manitowoc, Wisconsin

    GERALD "JERRY" LEE SPRAGG of Manitowoc, WI died October 15, 2019 at the age of 70. A funeral director for over 20 years, he served as the general manager at Range Funeral Home in Virginia and Hibbing, MN until his retirement in 2012. Spragg graduated from the Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1992.

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    JOHN F. BUCH   Manheim, Pennsylvania

    JOHN F. BUCH of Manheim, formerly of Lititz, PA died October 14, 2019 at the age of 91. A licensed funeral director, he was the former owner and operator of Buch Funeral Home, Inc in Manheim.

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    FRANCIS L PLUMLY   Barnesville, Ohio

    FRANCIS L. PLUMLY of Barnesville, OH died October 14, 2019 at the age of 96. A retired funeral director, he was the former owner and operator of Campbell-Plumly-Milburn Funeral Home, which he began working at in 1948. A graduate of the Cleveland College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.

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    PHILIP J. "PHIL" CAUVEL   Titusville, Pennsylvania

    PHILIP J. "PHIL" CAUVEL of Titusville, PA died October 12, 2019 at the age of 77. Phil's career in the automobile business spanned several decades. He was last employed for a number of years as a sales representative with American Coach Sales, Cleveland, OH for the Western PA and Western NY regions.

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    ROBERT D. CARPENTER   Huntington, West Virginia

    ROBERT D. CARPENTER of Huntington, WV died October 8, 2019 at the age of 87. He was a licensed funeral director and mortician at the Klingel–Carpenter Mortuary. A member of the West Virginia Board of Funeral Service Examiners, Carpenter began the National Directors Emergency Disaster Committee, now known as D-Mort in 1980 and was past president of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association.

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    KENNETH HAROLD SCHROM   Salem, Ohio

    KENNETH HAROLD SCHROM of Salem, OH died October 6, 2019 at the age of 87.He worked for several funeral homes in northeast Ohio as a licensed funeral director and graduated from the Cleveland School of Mortuary Science.

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    ODESSA PITTS JOHNSON   Bessemer, Alabama

    ODESSA PITTS JOHNSON of Bessemer, AL died October 4, 2020 at the age of 87. She and her husband, Howard Johnson founded Johnson Memorial Funeral Directors, where she served as a licensed funeral director and corporate secretary. Odessa was a member of the Alabama Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, where she was past president of the Ladies Auxiliary.

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    MARK C. KOWALCZYK   New York Mills, New York

    MARK C. KOWALCZYK of New York Mills, NY died October 2, 2019 at the age of 54. A licensed New York State funeral director, he began his career in funeral service with the J. S. Waterman Funeral Homes in Boston, MA and the Griswold Funeral Homes in Schenectady, NY. He later joined his father in the operation of Kowalczyk Funeral Homes, Inc in Utica and New York Mills, where he served as vice president and co-owner. He received his degree in...

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    SCOTT R. SELLS, CCFE   San Jose, California

    SCOTT R. SELLS, CCFE of San Jose, CA died September 29, 2019 at the age of 57. He was market director for Service Corporation International. Prior to relocating to the San Francisco Bay area, Sells served as area vice president for SCI in Hawaii. In 2017, he served as International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association president. He is a past president of the Colorado Association of Cemeteries and served on the Board of Directors of the...

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