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    CHARLES ROBERT COX   Amarillo, Texas

    CHARLES ROBERT COX of Amarillo, TX died September 9, 2017 at the age of 54. In 1984, he began working for his mentor, Mack Gordon at Schooler-Gordon Funeral Home in Memphis, TX and maintained working for the funeral home as licensed funeral director until 1990. In 2003, he established Cox Funeral Home in Amarillo, TX and dedicated his Benton Chapel to the memory of his maternal grandparents, H. T. "Hamp" and Ethel Benton. He graduated from the...

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    LARRY DUANE JOHNSON , SR   Topeka, Kansas

    LARRY DUANE JOHNSON SR of Topeka, KS died September 6, 2017. He began working for Bowser Mortuary along with J. W. Jones Funeral Home of Kansas City as a licensed funeral director. In 1976, he and his wife, Harriett purchased Bowser Mortuary from Mrs. Bowser. In 1976, he changed the name to Bowser-Johnson Funeral Chapel and operated it at the Van Buren location until 1997, at which time, Johnson, moved it to its current location in Topeka. He...

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    MICHAEL M. SMITH   Danville, Kentucky

    MICHAEL M. SMITH of Danville, KY died August 29, 2017at the age of 77. A licensed funeral director and mortician for more than 50 years, he was the owner and operator of Smith-Jackson Funeral Home in Danville and Smith & Smith Funeral Home in Lexington. He graduated from the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science in Louisville.

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    JOHN ELDON BARTON   Wheeling, West Virginia

    JOHN ELDON BARTON of Wheeling, WV died August 24, 2017 at the age of 53. A licensed mortician since 1986, he was the head embalmer and funeral director at Kepner Funeral Homes for 30 years. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1986.

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    HERBERT WALKER, JR   Cincinnati, Ohio

    HERBERT WALKER JR of Cincinnati, OH died August 23, 2017 at the age of 75. He worked alongside his son, Herbert T. Walker III in owning and operating the Walker Funeral Home, which served families throughout Hamilton County.

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    ANTHONY S. "TONY" RENDINA, JR   Merrillville, Indiana

    ANTHONY S. "TONY" RENDINA JR of Merrillville, IN died August 19, 2017 at the age of 85. He was a licensed funeral director in Indiana for 62 years. He owned and operated the Rendina Funeral Home in Gary with his brothers, Romeo and Vince, for the past 53 years. He served as president of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association.

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    MARY FRANCES HAGAN   Brookeville, Maryland

    MARY FRANCES HAGAN of Brookeville, MD died August 15, 2017. She was the wife of the late Joseph E. Hagan of Joseph Gawler's Sons LLC, Washington DC. Mary began attending NFDA conventions with her husband in 1948. After Joe's passing in 2000 Mary continued to visit with her industry friends by attending the annual convention.

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    CHARLES A JONES   East Palo Alto, California

    CHARLES A JONES of East Palo Alto, CA died August 15, 2017at the age of 80. He established Jones Mortuary and served the residents of East Palo Alto and the surrounding communities for over 40 years as a licensed funeral director.

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    JOHN W. GLUECKERT, SR   Arlington Heights, Illinois

    JOHN W. GLUECKERT SR of Arlington Heights, IL died August 14, 2017 at the age of 82. He started his career in the funeral industry working for Dick and Betty Black at Black's Memorial Home in downtown Arlington Heights. He later worked for Howard Haire as a licensed funeral director and manager of Haire Funeral Home, which he purchased in 1970. He renamed the funeral home in 1976 and in 1987 Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd was relocated to its...

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    EDWARD DANIEL "MIKE" BERGIN   Waterbury, Connecticut

    EDWARD DANIEL "MIKE" BERGIN of Waterbury, CT died August 10, 2017 at the age of 74. He was a licensed funeral director at his family's business, Bergin Funeral Home, for many years. He served as the state inspector of funeral service until his retirement in 2014. He had the distinction of being the longest serving mayor of the city of Waterbury. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.

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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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    HERB POPPLE   Valrico, Florida

    HERB POPPLE of Valrico, FL died August 3, 2017 at the age of 65. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for 41 years, he started in the funeral industry in Vermont in 1975 and in 1980 he moved to Brandon, FL where he worked in different capacities with Stowers Funeral Home and Hillsboro Memorial Home. In 2016, he retired from Loyless Funeral Home and Florida Mortuary Funeral and Cremation Services, where he was general manager. He graduated...

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    LISA BIJOLD   Cold Spring, Montana

    LISA BIJOLD, longtime industry veteran died July 21, 2017. Lisa spent 20 years in the mausoleum industry, and for the past two years was sales manager for Matthews Gibraltar Mausoleum, a division of Matthews Cemetery Products. As the first woman to sell both community and private mausoleum in the industry, Lisa excelled at helping her clients design and develop mausoleums. A special tribute was held by co-workers, clients, friends and family on...

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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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    BLANCHE LAWS-MCCONNELL   Los Angeles AFB, California

    BLANCHE LAWS-MCCONNELL of Los Angeles, CA died July 21, 2017 at the age of 67. She was a licensed funeral director and manager of Angelus Funeral Home for 43 years. She graduated from the Texas Southern University with a degree in mortuary science. She was a member of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association Inc, California Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association, a Living Legend and was a life member of the 100 Black Women...

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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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