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    JOHN P FRANKLIN, SR   Chattanooga, Tennessee

    JOHN P. FRANKLIN SR of Chattanooga, TN died June 21, 2018 at the age of 96. He was a licensed funeral director at the John P. Franklin Funeral Home, which his father, G.W. established in 1894 as the Franklin Funeral Home. He was a member of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association.

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    C. ROBERT "BOB" HASLER   Greentown, Indiana

    C. ROBERT "BOB" HASLER of Greentown, IN died June 20, 2018 at the age of 83. A licensed funeral director, he was co-owner and president of the Hasler & Stout Funeral Home in Greentown. He previously worked at the Brown & Eckenberg Funeral Home in Anderson, the Shirley Brothers, J. C. Wilson and the G. H. Herman Funeral Homes in Indianapolis, the Raven Funeral Home in Marion and the Parson Mortuary in Muncie. In 1971, he partnered with Gene...

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    THOMAS MICHAEL "TOM" FLYNN   Hermitage, Pennsylvania

    THOMAS MICHAEL "TOM" FLYNN of Hermitage, PA died June 18, 2018 at the age of 79. He established the John Flynn Funeral Home in 1995 and in 2000, he introduced Derek, a golden retriever from Canine Companions for Independence to the funeral home, which became the first grief therapy dog from C. C. I. in a funeral home. He purchased several cemeteries throughout his funeral service career, including the Homewood Memorial Gardens in Illinois in...

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    LARRY WARREN PAYNE   Woodway, Texas

    LARRY WARREN PAYNE of Woodway, TX died June 17, 2018 at the age of 64. He served as chairman of the board at his family's firm, Aderhold Funeral Home, Inc in West, which he joined in 1991 as a licensed funeral director. He was a member of the Texas Funeral Directors Association, the North Texas Funeral Directors Association, and was elected to the Texas Funeral Directors Association Services, Inc board of directors as well as the North Texas...

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    CHARLES MCDONALD "CHUCK" WARE, SR   Chillicothe, Ohio

    CHARLES MCDONALD "CHUCK" WARE SR of Chil-licothe, OH died June 15, 2018 at the age of 91. A third generation funeral director, he was the owner and operator of Ware Funeral Home for over 60 years, which was founded by his grandfather, Carey J. Ware in 1891. He joined the firm in 1950 as a partner with his father, Thomas A. Ware until his death in 1964. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1950 and was a member of the...

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    VALLARI D. BAKER-RAISON   Yeadon, Pennsylvania

    VALLARI D. BAKER-RAISON of Yeadon, PA died June 10, 2018 at the age of 65. She served her apprenticeship at the Julian V. Hawkins Funeral Home, where she was employed as a licensed funeral director until 1989, when her health began to decline. She graduated from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Mortuary Science in New York.

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    RACHEL ANN SARVER MINNICH   West Milton, Ohio

    RACHEL ANN SARVER MINNICH of West Milton, OH died June 9, 2018 at the age of 92. She worked alongside her husband, Carl Sarver in the operating of the Hale-Sarver Funeral Home in West Milton. Following her husband's death, she became a licensed funeral director and continued his legacy by serving the families in Montgomery, Darke and Miami County.

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    THOMAS I WISNIEWSKI   Toledo, Ohio

    THOMAS I. WISNIEWSKI of Toledo, OH died June 9, 2018 at the age of 69. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he began employment with his grandfather, Stanley J. Urbanski, at his family's funeral home. He also worked as an EMT with his uncle's company, Urbanski Ambulance Company. In 1984, the combination of the Robert H. Wick and the Thomas I. Wisniewski Funeral Homes opened on Reynolds Road. In 1986, he founded Toledo Limousine Service,...

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    GARY A WALKER   Sylvania Township, Ohio

    GARY A. WALKER of Sylvania Township, OH died June 1, 2018 at the age of 74. He joined his father at Walker Funeral Homes, served as president of the company from 1983-1997, and continued to be active in the daily operations of the funeral homes until his retirement in 2017. In 1967, he founded Walker Ambulance Company and served as president until he sold it in 1996. A graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of...

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    LARRY DEAN SERVIES   Waveland, Indiana

    LARRY DEAN SERVIES of Waveland, IN died May 31, 2018 at the age of 84. He owned and operated Machledt & Servies Funeral Home in Servies and Waveland and Morgan Funeral Homes in Ladoga and Roachdale. He graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1952 and was a member of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association.

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    JUANITA S STONE   Atlanta, Georgia

    JUANITA S. STONE of Atlanta, GA died May 30, 2018 at the age of 89. A second generation funeral director, she owned and operated Sellers Brothers Funeral Home Inc of Atlanta for more than 30 years. The funeral home closed around 2008. As a trailblazer in the male-dominated funeral home industry, Stone would often open her funeral home to students who needed clinical experience to graduate from mortuary school. In 1970 she became president of...

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    DONALD L BARBER   Homer, New York

    DONALD L. BARBER of Homer, NY died May 26, 2018 at the age of 75. He established the Donald L. Barber Funeral Home in 1968, which he owned and operated as a licensed funeral director for 50 years. He graduated from the Simmons School of Embalming and Mortuary Science in 1962.

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    THOMAS E COLASANTO   Terryville, Connecticut

    THOMAS E. COLASANTO of Terryville, CT died May 25, 2018 at the age of 79. He was a funeral director and owner of Colasanto Funeral Home until retirement. He received his associate of science degree from the American Academy of Embalming and Mortuary Research in New York City.

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    JOHN THOMAS SHOOK   Avon Lake, Ohio

    JOHN THOMAS SHOOK of Avon Lake, OH died May 22, 2018 at the age of 53. He began an apprenticeship with the Davis Velker Funeral Home of Boardman, OH at the age of 16 and later worked for Busch Funeral Home, where he served as managing funeral director of their Avon Lake and Avon funeral homes for 22 years until his passing. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

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    JAMES KEVIN HASSETT   MOHAVE, Arizona

    JAMES KEVIN HASSETT of Fort Mohave, AZ died May 20, 2018 at the age of 70. He was the owner and operator of Desert Lawn Memorial Gardens in Bullhead City, which he purchased in 1984. He retired in 2015 as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He received his degree in mortuary science in Los Angeles.

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    LAWRENCE G. LARRY ENGLISH   McLeansville, North Carolina

    LAWRENCE G. "LARRY" ENGLISH of McLeansville, NC, formerly of Fayetteville, NY and Chittenango, NY died May 10, 2018 at the age of 70. He was president of the Marsellus Casket Company, later president of Premier Hardwoods. He had served on the board of the Casket and Funeral Supply Association of America.

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    MARSHALL HENRY PARKS , SR   Greenwood, South Carolina

    MARSHALL HENRY PARKS SR of Greenwood, SC died April 30, 2018 at the age of 86. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he worked with his father, James Lloyd Parks in operating the family funeral home, Parks Funeral Home. He graduated from the Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta.

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    WESTON H ANDERSON   Bloomington, Minnesota

    WESTON H. ANDERSON of Bloomington, MN died April 28, 2018 at the age of 81. He was a licensed funeral director for over 50 years and the second-generation owner of Henry W. Anderson Mortuary in Minneapolis and Apple Valley, taking over in 1967 after the death of his father, Henry W. Anderson.

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    JAMES NELSON BLOWER   Athens, Ohio

    JAMES NELSON BLOWER of Athens, OH died April 28, 2018 at the age of 77. He began and ended his career as a funeral director in Columbus working for the Rutherford Funeral Home. He had owned and operated the James N. Blower Funeral Home in McArthur and Wellston, Hughes-Blower Funeral Home in Athens, Rawlings-Coats-Blower Funeral Home in Middleport, and the White-Blower Funeral Home in Coolville and Belpre. A graduate of the Cincinnati College of...

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    WILLIAM G. MCNEELAN , JR   Holton, Indiana

    WILLIAM G. MCNEELAN JR of Holton, IN died April 23, 2018 at the age of 94. He was a funeral director in the Holton and Versailles area for 60 years beginning in partnership with Ern Duke at Holton in 1952. In 1957 he along with Clifford Smith formed the McNeelan & Smith Funeral Home. In 1980 he joined the Bovard Funeral Home in Versailles and in 2002 he worked with the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles until his retirement in 2012....

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