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    MICHAEL R. ST. PIERRE   Greenwood, Illinois

    MICHAEL R. ST. PIERRE of Greenwood, IL died December 6, 2018 at the age of 71. Licensed in the state of Indiana and Tennessee, he retired as chairman of the board of Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory in 2016, which he operated as a fifth generation funeral director and a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner. St. Pierre graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science. He graduated from the National Foundation of Funeral...

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    AUGUST K. GRAUMLICH II   Worthington, Ohio

    AUGUST K. GRAUMLICH II of Worthington, OH died December 4, 2018 at the age of 86. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he was a third generation owner of Graumlich Funeral Home in Columbus, OH. A graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association and served as past president of the Central Ohio Funeral Directors Association.

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    CORA MAE VIATOR DAVID   New Iberia, Louisiana

    CORA MAE VIATOR DAVID of New Iberia, LA died November 29, 2018 at the age of 93. She worked alongside her husband, Dennis J. David in owning and operating the David Funeral Home.

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    MARILYN E GUMP HOLT   Cheviot, Ohio

    MARILYN E. GUMP HOLT of Cheviot, OH died No-vember 27, 2018 at the age of 84. One of the earliest female licensed funeral directors and embalmers, she worked alongside her father and husband in the Gump-Holt Funeral Home for nearly sixty years. A graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, she was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.

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    GLEN EDWARD "EDDIE" BALL, JR   McPherson, Kansas

    GLEN EDWARD "EDDIE" BALL JR of McPherson, KS died November 22, 2018 at the age of 86. He worked as a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Wichita before moving to McPherson in 1945 to work alongside his father, Glen E. Ball at the Ball & Son Funeral Home. They co-owned the firm until Glen passed in 1981, leaving Eddie to operate the business until he sold it in 1996. Eddie remained working part-time at the funeral home for the next several...

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    JOHN BERNARD DAHL   Billings, Montana

    JOHN BERNARD DAHL of Billings, MT died November 21, 2018 at the age of 93. A licensed funeral director, he formed Billings Funeral Service in 1955 alongside Howard Retz and William Brown. In 1966, he became sole owner of the firm, changing the name to Dahl Funeral Chapel. In 1977, he established a new location in Red Lodge and merged the Bozeman, Billings and Red Lodge operation into one. In 1978, the new chapel was built in Bozeman to include...

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    ALMA HITCHCOCK DAVIS   Maryville, Tennessee

    ALMA HITCHCOCK DAVIS of Maryville, TN died No-vember 17, 2018 at the age of 74. A licensed funeral director, she was the co-owner of Foothills Funeral Home. She was a member of the Greater Knoxville Funeral Service Associates, Tennessee state Funeral Directors and Morticians Association and the East Tennessee Funeral Directors and Morticians Association.

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    EDWARD NOLLIE WASHBURN   Bostic, North Carolina

    EDWARD NOLLIE WASHBURN of Bostic, NC died November 16, 2018 at the age of 88. A licensed funeral director, he owned and operated his family firm, Washburn's Funeral Home, from the late 1940's until 1998 when he retired.

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    EDWARD W RHODES   Peabody, Massachusetts

    EDWARD W. RHODES of Peabody, MA died November 13, 2018 at the age of 91. He worked alongside his father, Edward W. Rhodes, Sr at the Rhodes Funeral Home for many years before taking over operation of the business after his father passed. He owned and operated the funeral home as a licensed funeral director until 1984, when he sold the business to David J. Solimine. A graduate of the New England Institute of Funeral Service in Boston, he was a...

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    WILLIAM WILLIAM E. "BILL" BURDAN   Cedar Lake, Indiana

    WILLIAM E. "BILL" BURDAN of Cedar Lake, IN died November 10, 2018 at the age of 78. A licensed funeral director, he founded Burdan Funeral Home in the late 70's. A 1960 graduate of the Worsham College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association.

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    ROBERT CLYDE COVER   Monroe, Michigan

    ROBERT CLYDE COVER of Monroe, formerly of Dun-dee, MI died November 6, 2018 at the age of 65. A licensed funeral director, he began working at Temrowski Funeral Home and later the A. H. Peters Funeral Home. In 1984, he and his wife, Cheryl Cover moved to Dundee and purchased what was then known as Buhl Funeral Home. He continued to own and operate Cover Funeral Home until he was diagnosed with cancer, at which time Brian and Tammy Merkle were...

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    DONALD LAMAR "DON" DANIELS   Greenville, Alabama

    DONALD LAMAR "DON" DANIELS of Greenville, AL died November 5, 2018 at the age of 65. A licensed funeral director, he was the former owner of Dunklin and Daniels Funeral Home. He began working at Mack Funeral Home in Robertsdale in 1969 and later at the Dunklin's Funeral Home in downtown Greenville. In 1992, Don and Carolyn Herndon purchased the company from the Dunklin family. Dunklin-Herndon Funeral Home was later sold to Prime Succession and...

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    SHIRLEY RAE CONAWAY   Uniontown, Pennsylvania

    SHIRLEY RAE CONAWAY of Uniontown, PA died November 2, 2018at the age of 81. She and her husband, John "Dick" Conaway founded Conaway Enterprises, a distributor of specialty vehicles, funeral coaches, limousines, ambulances, transit buses, and recreational vehicles, in Uniontown, PA in 1969.

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    GARYTON COLVARD ECHOLS, JR   LaPlata, Maryland

    GARYTON COLVARD ECHOLS, JR of LaPlata, MD died October 26, 2018 at the age of 85. A third generation funeral director, he and his wife, Carol purchased the Arehart Funeral Home, now the Arehart-Echols Fu-neral Home, now operated by his son David. He co-founded with his sons the Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home and Crematory in Charlotte Hall.

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    FRANCIS G OZOG   Johnstown, Pennsylvania

    FRANCIS G. OZOG of Johnstown, PA died October 25, 2019 at the age of 75. He served the Johnstown community as owner and funeral director of the Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., in Cambria City.

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    STEPHEN "STEVE" CHARLES TAYLOR , SR   Metter, Georgia

    STEPHEN "STEVE" CHARLES TAYLOR SR of Metter, GA died October 24, 2018 at the age of 75. A licensed funeral director, he worked alongside his father for many years at the Taylor Funeral Home. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.

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    ROSALIA "SALLY" WEMPE SMITH   Saint Joseph, Missouri

    ROSALIA "SALLY" WEMPE SMITH of St. Joseph, MO died October 22, 2018 at the age of 98. A licensed funeral director, she worked alongside her late husband, Garth H. Smith, in owning and operating funeral homes in Seneca, Axtel and Marysville, KS as well as North Kansas City, MO. In 1956 they moved to St. Joseph and purchased the Heaton-Bowman Funeral Home and in 1962, they acquired H.O. Sidenfaden to form what is currently known as, Heaton-Bowman...

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    RICHARD DEAN "DICK" SCHWARTZ   Las Vegas, Nevada

    RICHARD DEAN "DICK" SCHWARTZ of Las Vegas, NV, formerly of Parkersburg, IA died October 21, 2018 at the age of 78. A licensed funeral director, he served his apprenticeship at the White Funeral Home in Independence, IA and then worked for Parrott & Wood Funeral Home in Waterloo. In 1975, he and his wife, Linda purchased Redmond-Schwattz Funeral Home in Aplington and Parkersburg. He continued to own and operate the funeral home until his...

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    DONALD RAY VARNER   Macks Creek, Missouri

    DONALD RAY VARNER of Macks Creek, MO died October 21, 2018 at the age of 84. A licensed funeral director since 2000, he joined the staff of Hedges-Scott Funeral Homes in 1999 and continued to operated the Macks Creek location for many years.

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    WILLIAM V. "BILL" HOCKER   Albuquerque, New Mexico

    WILLIAM V. "BILL" HOCKER of Albuquerque, NM died October 19, 2018 at the age of 85. A licensed funeral director, he joined his father, Tony Frkovich at Grants Mortuary, which his parents founded in 1947. He later acquired ownership of the firm and operated it alongside his wife, Kathy and sons Bill Jr., Robert, Stephen and John, and friend James Martinez. Hocker wrote two papers, The Parental Loss of an Adult Child and Unsanctioned and...

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