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    LARRY L. HEITKAMP   Saint Henry, Ohio

    LARRY L. HEITKAMP of St. Henry, OH died August 3, 2017at the age of 72. He was a licensed funeral director at the N. J. Hogenkamp Sons, Inc for over 51 years, managing the St. Henry funeral home. He was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.

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    LISA MARIE BIJOLD   Cold Spring, Minnesota

    LISA MARIE BIJOLD of Cold Spring, MN died July 21, 2017at the age of 47. She worked as a sales manager for Cold Spring Granite for many years, and was currently employed by Gibraltar Mausoleum and Matthews Cemetery Products.

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    LARRY "DIGGER" KRIVOSHEIN   Walla Walla, Washington

    LARRY "DIGGER" KRIVOSHEIN of Walla Walla, WA died July 11, 2017at the age of 79. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for 35 years, he was the former owner and operator of Groseclose Funeral Home, which he purchased from Bob Groseclose in 1965. He retired in 1992 and sold the business. He was a member of the Washington State Funeral Directors Association.

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    JOE THOMAS WINSTEAD   Hattiesburg, Mississippi

    JOE THOMAS WINSTEAD of Hattiesburg, MS died July 11, 2017 at the age of 66. He was vice president of Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home. He worked in the family business for 52 years. He graduated from the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in 1972.

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    JOHN STANLEY CREIGHTON   Selman, California

    JOHN STANLEY CREIGHTON of Selma, CA died July 8, 2017at the age of 88. In 1964, he purchased the Garner Funeral Chapel in Kingsburg. He officially retired from the Creighton Memorial Chapel in 1998, and up until about a year ago, has been in the funeral home for one reason or another.

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    FRANK J. KAPETANOVICH   Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    FRANK J. KAPETANOVICH of Pittsburgh, PA died July 8, 2017 at the age of 46. He worked at the Thomas P. Kunsak Funeral Home as a licensed funeral director and was affiliated with the Andrew T. Scheid Funeral Home in Millersville and Lancaster. A graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Professional Car Society, Inc.

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    JACE LARRABEE   Clarkston, Washington

    JACE LARRABEE of Clarkston, WA died July 6, 2017 at the age of 60. He was a licensed funeral director and manager of the Coeur d'Alene Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery in Coeur d'Alene, ID. He later moved to Seattle, WA to work for Acacia Funeral Home and Memorial Park and eventually returning to the Lewiston-Clarkson Valley and the family business, Merchant and Mountain View Funeral Homes. He attended mortuary school in Gresham, OR.

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    CHARLES "SCOTTIE" M. SCOTT , SR   South Toledo, Ohio

    CHARLES M. SCOTT "SCOTTIE" SR of South Toledo, OH died June 29, 2017 at the age of 80. He served Toledo and the surrounding communities for sixty years. He began working as a licensed funeral director at the former Bennett Funeral Home. He became manager of the Boyer-Van Wormer Funeral Home in 1971 and later purchased the business from the Van Wormer family. In 1985, he acquired the Bersticker Funeral Home. A graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute...

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    BARBARA L. DIERKES RUSH   Powhatan Point, Ohio

    BARBARA L. DIERKES RUSH of Powhatan Point, OH, formerly of Dunkirk, NY, Moundsville, WV and Clarington, OH died June 26, 2017 at the age of 69. A retired funeral director, she and her late husband, Vernon "Butch" Rush owned and operated Rush Funeral Homes, Inc in Clarington and Sardis, OH for many years. She received her state of Ohio funeral directors license and graduated from the West Virginia Northern Community College in 1991, she was a...

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    LARRY G. HUGHES   Marion, Illinois

    LARRY G. HUGHES of Marion, IL died June 24, 2017 at the age of 77. He was a licensed funeral director for over 51 years. He worked alongside Leonard Mitchell at Mitchell Funeral Home before partnering in 1970 and in 1982 he purchased the business. He later acquired Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin. He received a degree in mortuary science from the Southern Illinois University School of Technical Careers in 1966, was a member of the National...

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    HAROLD LEE MASSEY   Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina

    HAROLD LEE MASSEY of Roanoke Rapids, NC died June 23, 2017 at the age of 62. He was a licensed funeral director, owner and operator of Massey Funeral Homes in Jackson, Aulander and Roanoke Rapids. He received a degree in mortuary science from the John Tyler Community College in Chester, VA.

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    RICHARD "DICK" WALKER   Commerce, Texas

    RICHARD "DICK" WALKER of Commerce, TX died June 22, 2017 at the age of 72. He was a licensed funeral director at the Rhoton Funeral Home in Carrollton before owning and operating the Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home in Commerce. He enrolled in the mortuary science program at the University of Minnesota and attended the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service.

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    SAMUEL R. LOCKLEAR, SR   Pembroke, North Carolina

    SAMUEL R. LOCKLEAR SR of Pembroke, NC died June 19, 2017 at the age of 88. He was the first American Indian to be licensed as a funeral director in Robeson County. In 1952, he began working at Locklear Funeral Home, which was established by his parents, Luther H. and Pattie Hunt Locklear in 1948. He acquired ownership of the Locklear & Son Funeral Home after his father retired in 1965. He graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science...

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    GEORGE "SONNY" W. MEADOWS II   Buffalo, New York

    GEORGE "SONNY" W. MEADOWS II of Buffalo, NY died June 19, 2017 at the age of 76. He was a licensed funeral director at the former Meadows Brothers Funeral Home, which was established by his father, Huby Sr in 1936. He co-owned and co-managed the firm alongside his brother, Huby Jr from 1975 until 1992 when the business closed. He graduated from the Simmons School of Mortuary Science in 1964.

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    RICHARD LLOYD SANDBERG   Janesville, Minnesota

    RICHARD LLOYD SANDBERG of Janesville, MN died June 19, 2017 at the age of 83. He was a third generation funeral director, owner and operator of the Sandberg and Arnoldt Funeral Homes in Waseca and Janesville, MN. In 1956 he received a degree in mortuary science from the University of Minnesota.

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    CARL RICHARD CLIFTON   DeLand, Florida

    CARL RICHARD CLIFTON of DeLand, FL died June 18, 2017 at the age of 75. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for 57 years, he began working at the Allen-Summerhill Funeral Home in DeLand on the weekends his junior year in high school. On the day of his high school graduation, he moved into the funeral home to work full-time and later acquired ownership of the facility, which he had operated since 1971 with the assistance of his wife, Tanya....

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    PHILIP KIRKWOOD HAMILTON   Mount Clemens and Benton Harbor, Michigan

    PHILIP KIRKWOOD HAMILTON II of Mt. Clemens and Benton Harbor, MI died June 14, 2017 at the age of 53. He served families in the metro Detroit area as a fifth generation funeral director and owner of the Wm. R. Hamilton Co. Funeral Home. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State School of Mortuary Science.

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    JOHN J."JACK" HARLAND   Port Henry, New York

    JOHN J."JACK" HARLAND of Port Henry, NY died June 12, 2017 at the age of 85. He worked at Harland Funeral Home for over 65 years as a licensed funeral director and served as Essex county coroner for 12 years. He graduated from the Simmons Institute of Funeral Service.

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    RONALD E. PECHACEK   Chester, Illinois

    RONALD E. PECHACEK of Chester, IL died June 12, 2017 at the age of 63. He was a licensed funeral director for over 40 years. He started work at Dashner Funeral Home in Red Bud, IL in 1976. In 1984, he went to work for the Welge Funeral Home in Chester, IL and purchased the business in 1990. He owned and operated the Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud and Evansville and Pechacek-McClure Funeral Home in Chester for the past 27 years.

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    ROBERT "BOB" KENNETH GORDON   Secane, Pennsylvania

    ROBERT "BOB" KENNETH GORDON of Secane, PA died June 11, 2017 at the age of 32. He was a training supervisor for Answering Service for Directors of Media, PA.

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